Marie-Catherine Charly Saint-Ange (Catherine du Saint-Sacrement)

Superior from 1708 to 1711 and from 1717 to 1719

Marie-Catherine Charly Saint-Ange was born in Ville-Marie (Montreal) on May 3, 1666 and died there in 1719. She was named Saint-Ange until 1700 when, after the death of Marguerite Bourgeoys, she took the name which had been Marguerite’s and was henceforth known as Catherine du Saint-Sacrement . Marie-Catherine joined the community when she was 13. She was 27 when she was elected Councillor to the second Superior of the Congregation, Marie Barbier. Five years later she was entrusted with the office of Novice Mistress. During her two mandates as Superior , from 1708 to 1711 and 1717 to 1719, she proved to have remarkable strength of character. She was described as a wise and skillful woman in the face of political, religious and financial difficulties. She died during her second mandate.