Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Our Foundress

Delia Tetreault was born in Marieville, Quebec on the 4th of February 1865. 

Once in her childhood, Delia had a dream. In her dream, she saw a vast wheat field. Each head of wheat opened up and the whole field was transformed into heads of children of different nationalities. This dream made her realize that a lot of children are waiting for someone to talk about Christ. 

Only 15 years of age, she made the vow of perpetual chastity. At 18, she made a definitive choice to belong totally to God. 

At the age of 35, year 1900 she established her own small community. In 1902, when Pope Pius X learned about this new foundation, he said: "Found, found and all the blessings of Heaven will fall upon this new Institute and you will call them the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception."

Mother Delia managed the community until 1933, the year she had a stroke that left her body paralyzed. She passed away like a candle burning out: slowly, very slowly! Her physical sufferings ended October 1, 1941, leaving 554 sisters in 8 different countries.


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