Born Marie Guyart, she was a wife, mother, widow, and single parent before becoming an Ursuline nun and missionary to New France.
She and her sisters in religion learned Iroquois to teach the native children in their own language. (The Church mastered ESL 300 years before the American public school system).
They supported their congregation by embroidering vestments, making artificial flowers, wax statues and dolls, and gilding most things gilt in New France for the next two centuries, including their convent chapel, which they completely decorated themselves.
Truly a Church Lady!
Click here for a peek at the exhibit at her motherhouse, the Ursuline Museum in Quebec.