To provide quality spiritual and academic growth based on the principle that every child is created in the image of God.
The founding religious orders of St. Ignatius Parish and School were the Jesuits (Society of Jesus), and the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Our community continues to work at maintaining and promoting the charism upon which their own orders were founded.
Marie-Rose Durocher 1811-1849
Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Eulalie Durocher was born in Saint Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, on October 6, 1811. Housekeeper at the rectory in Beloeil and facilitator of pastoral activities from 1831 to 1843, she saw the great need for instruction of youth. Girls, especially, received little schooling.
At the request of Bishop Ignace Bourget, she went to Longueuil to found a new teaching community with her companions Henriette Céré and Mélodie Dufresne.
On December 8, 1844, the three foundresses made their religious profession in the church of Longueuil, Eulalie taking the name Marie-Rose. In this same church, on October 6, 1849, Bishop Ignace Bourget presided at the funeral of Mother Marie-Rose, who died on October 6 at the age of thirty- eight.
By her faith, her judgment and her apostolic creativity, Mother Marie-Rose had a great influence on the society and the Church of Quebec. A born educator, she knew how to develop people’s gifts and how to open her congregation to the future.
Beatified in Rome by Pope John Paul II on May 23, 1982, her remains are now at the Co- cathedral of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue, in Longueuil, Quebec.
Adapted from the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary website. www.snjm.org/EnglishContent/mmreng.htm
St. Ignatius of Loyola 1491-1556
(Inigo de Loyola y Onaz)
Founder of the Society of Jesus
Ignatius, whose birth name was Inigo de Loyola y Onaz, was born in 1491 in the village of Azpeitia in Northern Spain. He was the youngest of several children. Since he would inherit nothing of the family fortune, he was hired out to the court of Navarre to serve the king as a soldier and courtier. Hence, he was trained in the art of war and in courtly chivalry.
While he was fighting in the king’s forces, Inigo’s leg was smashed by a cannonball. First attempts to set the leg were clumsy and ineffective. Inigo, motivated by vanity, twice chose to have the leg re-broken and set again. Even so, he continued to walk with a pronounced limp his whole life.
During his lengthy convalescence at his family home, Inigo had little to distract him. All that could be found to entertain him were a few romantic novels and two religious books: “The Imitation of Christ”; and “The Golden Legend of the Saints”. He found himself charged with energy while considering the exploits of the saints, and realized that the feeling persisted for long periods. In this experience he discovered the basis for his later reflections on the Discernment of Spirits.
In his desire to serve God, Inigo realized that he needed more education. Eventually, he reached the University of Paris, where he made friends with a fellow Basque named Francis Xavier and a Frenchman named Peter Fabre. Many of the other students, including Francis and Peter, decided to join Inigo in the formation of a band of priests dedicated to the service of the Church. It was during his time in Paris that Inigo changed his name to Ignatius, incorrectly believing it to be the Latin equivalent.
The group decided to go to Rome to place itself at the disposal of Pope Paul III. Paul received this young group of companions, who became known as the Companions of Jesus (Societas Jesu – Society of Jesus). Paul confirmed the Society as a religious order of the Catholic Church in 1542.
After this, Ignatius spent his time directing the work of the Society: composing the Constitutions that would govern the life of the fledgling order; and putting the finishing touches on the Spiritual Exercises. At the time of his death in 1556, the Society of Jesus had grown to over 1000 members, operating in 20 different countries in the Old and New Worlds.
Adapted from the Canadian Jesuits website. www.jesuits.ca/About_us/st_ignatius.php