By Joanna Emery
This is a narrative of pioneering braveness and compassion within the New international. Jeanne dreamed of devoting her existence to taking care of others. In 1641, she courageously gave up her cozy middle-class lifestyles in France to trip to the French colonies, modern province of Quebec. In overcoming fabulous hardships, massacres, affliction, deprivation and 7 gruelling journeys around the ocean, Jeanne proved to be a outstanding chief. She ended up founding the 1st health center in Montreal in addition to being a pioneer and founding father of the town of Montreal.
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One family friend, a priest named Charles Rapine, introduced Jeanne to Madame de Bullion. Quite impressed, the wealthy widow soon asked Jeanne to manage the project. Jeanne was excited, but once again doubtful. Was she physically too frail for such a difficult task? ” After prayer and meditation, Jeanne was convinced. Her calling was in New France. Jeanne was asked to make one important promise. Madame de Bullion believed that boasting about charity was a sin. She insisted that her name be kept secret.
Printed in Canada Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication Emery, Joanna Caring for a colony : the story of Jeanne Mance / Joanna Emery. (Stories of Canada) ISBN 1-894917-07-3 1. Mance, Jeanne, 1606-1673--Juvenile literature. 2. Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal--History--Juvenile literature. 3. Nurses--Canada--Biography--Juvenile literature. 4. Canada--History--To 1763 (New France)--Juvenile literature. I. Title. II. 01′6′092 C2005-903466-1 I dedicate this book to my husband, Greg. Contents Was It a Miracle?
Spring arrived, and the Ville-Marie expedition prepared to leave. Madame de La Peltrie was by now so impressed with Jeanne, and eager for an adventure, that she decided to join the expedition. She even took along her furniture, a gesture that inadvertently left the nuns in Quebec, who had been using it, a little upset. Nevertheless, Jeanne boarded the flat-bottomed boat along with 13 Madame de La Peltrie. The boat, along with two rowboats and a sailboat, set off for the ten-day trip up the St. Lawrence to Ville-Marie.