Rosalie and the Institute

Rosalie Cadron-Jetté,
in religion Mother de la Nativité,

The Institute of the Misericordia Sisters was founded by a woman of audacity and hope.
Her faith, her confidence, her charism and her humility enabled her to conquer the heart of the people around her.
Despite the difficulties and hardships due to this work rejected by society,
this woman gave her life for the others and she remained steadfast to her mission:

"To live the mercy of Jesus the Savior with young girls and women who are pregnant out-of-wedlock and with their children and, also, with married women who find it difficult to live their pregnancy."
Const. Art. 3

Rosalie Cadron was born and baptized in Lavaltrie, Quebec, on January 27th, 1794.

At the age of 17, she married Jean-Marie Jetté on October 7th, 1811.

Eleven children were born of their union; and five of them died at an early age.

Rosalie became a widow at the age of 38 with the responsibility of 7 children. Her personality showed her openness to others and her understanding for all needy people. Like her mother who was a midwife, Rosalie also felt this call that would prepare her for her mission.

Around 1838, having less family responsibilities, she answered more often the calls of the needy people.   Soon, Mgr Ignace Bourget entrusted some single mothers and their children to Rosalie.  Between 1840 and 1845, she could not meet the needs of each woman.

In 1845 Rosalie Cadron-Jetté opened the first maternity home, Hospice Ste-Pélagie, to help unwed pregnant women.

Mrs. Jetté and her companion received a professional midwife formation.

On January 16th, 1848, the Institute of the Misericordia Sisters was founded in Montreal.

Under extreme poverty conditions and rejection from society, Mother de la Nativité showed a lot of courage and an above-average amount of audacity to carry through successfully the tremendous challenge of founding an institute dedicated to a specific ministry.

Rosalie Cadron-Jetté passed away on April 5th, 1864.   When she died, she was considered as a saint by all the people who knew her.  Today, the steps towards her beatification and her eventual canonization are underway at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome.

If you wish to learn more about Rosalie Cadron-Jetté,
we suggest that you read the following books:

"Rosalie Cadron-Jetté... A lovable grandmother"
Raymond Tremblay, o.f.m. cap.

"A Lantern in the Night - Rosalie Midwife"
Yvon Langlois

We will send you these books upon your request by phone, fax or e-mail.