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St. Marie of the Incarnation

St. Marie of the Incarnation
On Thursday, April 3rd, Pope Francis declared Marie of the Incarnation a saint. Marie of the Incarnation, who is the namesake for one of our Catholic schools in Bradford West Gwillimbury, is recognized as the "mother"of the Canadian church.

She was born in 1599 and although drawn to the religious life, she followed her parents' wishes and was married at the age of 17. Six months after her son was born, her husband died. When the child turned 12, she entered the Ursuline order and, in 1639, set sail for Quebec with several other Ursulines. She died in Quebec in 1672.

St. Marie of the Incarnation was decreed a saint along with St. Francois de Laval and St. Jose de Anchieta. Pope Francis declared these three saints for the Americas without a canonization ceremony. St. Marie of the Incarnation and St. Laval are both considered pioneers of the Catholic Church in Canada.

"It is with great joy and thanksgiving that the bishops of Canada welcometoday's proclamation by Pope Francis that the Universal Church recognizesBishop François de Laval and Mother Marie of the Incarnation as saints,"said the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in a news release after thePope signed the decrees.