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​A precious pearl

· ​The apostolate of youth and charity of the newly blessed Marie Élisabeth Turgeon of Canada ·

“An apostolate of youth and charity of Christ”. Cardinal Angelo Amato used Pope Francis' words to summarize the life and work of Marie Élisabeth Turgeon (1840-1881). On behalf of the Pontiff, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints presided at the rite of beatification for the woman religious from Canada in the Church of St Robert Bellarmine, in Rimouski, Québec, on Sunday afternoon, 26 April. It was a celebration that, he said, represents a great joy for the Sisters of Notre-Dame du Saint Rosarie, whose foundress is Turgoen. It is also a celebration for Canada which has also seen Bishop François Laval and Ursuline Sister Marie of the Incarnation raised to the honour of the altars.

The new blessed, the Cardinal explained, “spent all of her human and spiritual energy in teaching the youth and poor about the good life according to the Gospel”. She carried out her work in education even amid difficulties and made many great sacrifices.
“Founded on the love of God”, the Cardinal said, “the heart of Mother Marie Élisabeth was able to mitigate some of the harshness of Jansenist spirit of the time, by giving precedence to the law of love and forgiveness over that of rigor. She won hearts with goodness”. 

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