Born in Tours, France, October 28,1599
Died in Quebec, Canada, April 30, 1672
You know, my Beloved, all I wish to
tell your Father
by Your divine Heart,
by Your holy soul;
in telling Him, I tell You
because You are in Your Father
and Your Father in You.
Grant all I ask;
unite Your heart to mine
in order to move Your Father's heart.
Since You are one with Him,
grant that all the souls I present to you
may be united with Him and with You,
as You have promised.
MOTHER OF THE CANADIAN CHURCH
URSULINE MISSIONARY AND MYSTIC
In 1635, Father Poncet, a French Jesuit Missionary, in far-off Canada, desperate for help in so boundless a missionary
field, sent a miniature pilgrim's staff to Mère Marie, Ursuline of Tours, and invited her to participate in the quest for
souls in the newly-founded mission to the Canadian Hurons. In 1639 Mère Marie eagerly and courageously faced the
perils and hardships of "pilgrimaging" to distant New France. She founded the Ursuline Monastery at Quebec. She was
the first missionary woman of all time and the first Sister to teach in America.
Mary of the Incarnation was born in Tours, on October 28, 1599. At the age of 18, she married Claude Martin. Two years
later she was left a widow with a young son and no means of livelihood. To earn a living, she went to work for her
Meanwhile, she received extraordinary graces and shared these with her spiritual director. Finally, she realised that God
was calling her to become a nun. She lived continually in God's presence and refused Him nothing. On January 25, 1631,
having left her son in the safe care of relatives, she entered the Ursulines at Tours. Two years later she pronounced her
She continued to receive mystical graces and felt ready to go to the ends of the earth, if that were the will of her Divine
Spouse. In a vision, God then showed her the vast country of Canada. "You must go there and build a house to Jesus and
About this time she met Madame de la Peltrie who wanted Ursulines in Quebec to educate the young Indian girls. Mary
was named Superior of a small group of Ursulines who left France on May 04, 1639. They arrived at Quebec on August 04.
On landing Mary kissed the ground that God had called her to evangelise.
For three years the Sisters' first "monastery" was a miserable hut in the Lower Town, where Mary, 40 years old, set about
learning the Indian languages, succeeding in even composing an Indian catechism and dictionary.
In 1650, fire ravaged the new convent where the Sisters had lived since 1642. More than ever lost in God, Mary set about
rebuilding the monastery, in what seemed barren country and difficult circumstances. What counted most for her was to
do God's will and help found the Church in Canada. From her revelations she drew the strength to fulfil her mission in
spite of all obstacles.
Beginning to feel her age, Mary resigned as Superior in 1669. Her mystical experiences continued as her soul deepened in
prayer and in delighting in God, her Beloved Spouse. She died on April 30, 1672. She was beatified on June 22, 1980.
MARY OF THE INCARNATION’S PRAYER
BY THE HEART OF MY JESUS, MY WAY, MY TRUTH
AND MY LIFE!
I approach You, Eternal Father.
By His divine Heart I adore You for all who adore you not.
I love You for all who love You not.
I acknowledge You for all those wilfully blind souls
who through contempt refuse to acknowledge You.
By His divine Heart
I wish to fulfil the obligation of all creatures toward You.
I go round the world in search of all the souls
bought by the most precious Blood of my divine Spouse.
By His divine Heart I wish to make amends for all of them.
I embrace them all to present them to You through Him;
and through Him I ask for their conversion.
Will You allow them not to know my Jesus,
or not to live for Him who died for all?
You see, O heavenly Father,
that as yet they do not live.
Ah! Grant that they may live through His divine Heart.
On this adorable Heart,
I present to You
all who labour for the extension of the Gospel.
In order that by its merits
they may be replenished with Your Holy Spirit.
Centre Marie de l'Incarnation
10, Donnacona. C.P. 760 H V
QUEBEC. QUE. CANADA
(N.B. Kindly notify the Ursulines of Quebec of any favour obtained through Mary of the Incarnation.)