Marguerite Trottier (Sister Saint-Joseph)

Superior from 1722 to 1729

Marguerite Trottier, named sœur Saint-Joseph, was born in Batiscan April 21, 1678 and died on October 6, 1744 aboard a ship travelling on the Saint Lawrence River off the coast of Île d’Orléans on her way to Montreal. Marguerite Trottier met the Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame in the temporary mission that had been set up in her native village. Marguerite and her older sister Catherine were sent to the boarding school in Montreal. Later they asked to be received into the community and made their private vows in 1694. Sister Marguerite Trottier went immediately to teach in Château-Richer. She returned to Ville-Marie (Montreal) in 1705 and was appointed Depositary of the community. She remained in office until her election as Congregation Superior from 1722 to 1729. Following this mandate, she was appointed Directress of the mission in Louisburg and went there in the autumn of 1735. After a decade at the fortress she was exhausted and was authorized to return to Montreal but died before arriving at her destination.