This pedagogical guide is intended for you, high school teachers in Canada. It was created to help you fully benefit from the educational part of the virtual exhibit and to complement your history courses on New France, Canada and religious heritage.

Faith in Action: 350 years of Education by Marguerite Bourgeoys and the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, a virtual exhibit created by the Archival Services of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, is a historical and captivating account of the work of Marguerite Bourgeoys and that of the community which she founded. The various parts of the exhibit are made up of 800 archival documents, for the most part, photographs and more than twenty audio and video recordings.

General description

This part of the virtual exhibitis an education program specially dedicated to adolescents between 12 and 17 years of age. It was created under the supervision of the Educational Services of Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum:

  • Marguerite's Odyssey<. Edutainment sheets to print for the students;
  • Teens’ Corner: Zone MB[12-17]<. Three sections which may be consulted online by the students;
  • To Learn more about the Museum<. A vignette for teachers to learn more about Marguerite-Bourgeoys Museum and prepare for an eventual visit.

The education program develops the central theme, The journeying life of Marguerite Bourgeoys and the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. In a playful approach, the life and work of Marguerite as well as the history of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame are presented to the adolescents in terms of adventure, colonization, courage, journey and mission.

Daring missionary, first teacher of Ville-Marie, pioneer in social works, mother of the “King’s Wards” and of the entire colony, Marguerite Bourgeoys represents an important figure in the collective memory of Canadians. The educational section aims at perpetuating her memory and fostering appreciation of her heritage. Both boys and girls can find a source of inspiration in Marguerite.

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A model of bravery and devotion for young people, Marguerite Bourgeoys is also a pillar of religious history in the country. In fact, she built the first stone church in Montreal, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, and founded a community of non-cloistered sisters, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame.

In a word, Marguerite Bourgeoys has had an impact on history itself. Dealing with the life and educational work of Marguerite Bourgeoys, the education program depicts the evolution of Ville-Marie and daily life in New France. It also recounts the development of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame from the Conquest to today. Being an integral part of its historical context, it also paints a portrait of society and highlights the important events in Canadian history.

Links with the Teaching Programs


  • Secondary Cycle Two for the History and Citizenship Education program
  • Secondary Cycle One for the Ethics and Religious Culture program

Québec Education Program

The education program fulfils several requirements of the PFÉQ: 

Subject Areas

Languages: French - English
  • Read and appreciate different texts
Social Sciences (Secondary Cycle Two):
  • History and Citizenship Education
    • Examines social phenomena from a historical perspective
    • Interprets social phenomena using the historical method
    • Strengthens his/her exercise of citizenship through the study of history
    • The emergence of a society in New France (1534-1760)
  • Geography
    • Understands the organization of a territory
    • Constructs his/her consciousness of global citizenship
    • Ville-Marie, New France, Canada, missions
Ethics and Religious Culture (Secondary Cycle One)
  • Quebec’s religious heritage: founders, leading figures, institutions


  • Intellectual Competencies
    • Use information
    • Solve problems
    • Exercise critical judgement
  • Methodological Competencies
    • Use information and communications technologies


  • Ontario: Grade 7, Grade 8 
  • New Brunswick: Grade 11
  • Nova Scotia: Grade 11
  • Prince Edward Island: Senior high school
  • Manitoba: Grade 11
  • British Columbia: Grade 9 
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