La Rochelle, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France, 29 June 1659. Illustration: Francis Back.
Embarkation of Marguerite Bourgeoys and her first companions on the Saint-André
In 1658, Marguerite Bourgeoys returned to France to recruit her first companions who would, with her, teach the children of the colony and form a congregation of young women who would imitate the journeying life of Mary. On June 29 of the following year, with the pioneers of the future Congrégation de Notre-Dame in Ville-Marie (Montreal), Edmée Châtel, Marie Raisin, Anne Hiou and Catherine Crolo, she embarked on the Saint-André in the port of La Rochelle.