Blessed Marie Rose Durocher
Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
In the winter of 1936, a boy of 14 years of age from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, suffered from pleurisy, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the lungs. It causes sharp pain when breathing. A doctor was called who declared that the boy would not survive the night. A religious sister was present. She invoked Blessed Mother Marie-Rose and laid a relic on the boy´s chest. Before the next morning the attack had passed. The miraculous cure only was reported to the postulation in 1988.
A 42 year old man from Detroit, Michigan, USA, was crushed against a wall by a truck and pronounced dead. He suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries. He was reported to have recovered after prayers were made invoking Blessed Mother Marie-Rose. This incident was the primary miracle upon which the beatification was based.
Sisters of a convent in Washington state, USA, claimed to have stopped a fire at a chapel in Fort Wright College by invoking Blessed Mother Marie-Rose through prayer. The fire, which started in the Spokane River gorge, was approaching the campus when the Sisters tacked Durocher’s picture to trees and prayed to her for help. Flames were reportedly within 15 feet of the chapel, with smoke filling the interior, when the fire changed direction.
In April of 1977, a religious sister from California, USA, hurt her knee twice. The pain was very great and the doctor told her both times that surgery was the only answer. Instead of the surgery, the sister decided to go and pray at Mother Marie Rose’s tomb. After her first visit, the pain eased a great deal. When she returned home, it disappeared entirely.
On January 2, an invalid older woman from Montreal, Canada, fell asleep while watching television. Suddenly, she awakened, choked by smoke caused by the explosion of the television set. The drapes and the electrical wiring in the walls had already caught fire. Within minutes, the whole place was in flames. The woman went out onto the balcony to call for help. A neighbor called the fire department. The firemen arrived in time to carry her to a neighbor’s home. None of her belongings were saved. Later, two of her daughters went into the house to see if anything could be salvaged. As they played their flashlights over the debris in their mother’s bedroom, something kept shining. lt was a relic of Mother Marie Rose, intact among the ashes. The old woman lost everything, but at least her life was saved. This the family attributes to the intercession of Mother Marie Rose.
During the night of June 20, the building that housed the office where a man from Rimouski, Canada, worked had gone up in flames. Seven businesses were completely destroyed, as were 16 small apartments. When the man was informed that his office had burned, he begged Mother Marie Rose to save at least the important papers. And the prayer was answered.
The owner of a lake resort in Tonasket, Washington state, USA, observed an uncontrolled wildfire change direction after he tossed a picture of Durocher into the flames. There’s no question the fire would have taken the orchard, some farm houses and the resort if it hadn’t turned.
In February, 1980, a woman from Montreal, Canada, was working on her machine at the back of a bank. Suddenly a house on the opposite side of the street was on fire. The fire department had been called but the woman went out and threw a relic of Mother Marie Rose as near as possible to the burning building. When the firemen arrived a few minutes later, to the great surprise of many witnesses, the flames had completely subsided.
Following a severe trial, and lacking courage, a woman from Montreal became an easy prey to alcohol, and soon became addicted, for more than ten years. Her husband had a sister who was a religious sister. Under her influence, the woman started to ask the intercession of Mother Marie Rose. The woman testified: “I have returned to be the wife and mother I used to be, and I am most grateful to Mother Marie Rose”.
A three year old boy from White Plains, New York, USA, had a successful operation, as he was suffering from cancer of the testicles. When the tumor was removed through surgery, it was decided to remove the left lymph gland also, and then to proceed with chemotherapy. It was on the day following the Solemn Mass in honor of Venerable Mother Marie Rose in the Cathedral in Portland, USA, that the doctors found that there was no trace of cancer any more.
A lady from Inchelium, Washington USA, reported a fire in the electric pole on her farm. After intensive prayer and the use of a relic of Mother Marie Rose the extended fire went off immediately. There was no damage to the farm.
A man from Montreal reports: “This winter a fire, set by an arsonist, broke out in a three story house where our optician had his offices. The optician was advised about the fire, but told his wife he wasn´t worried about his office because he had a picture of Mother Marie Rose there. His work area was spared, while the floors above him suffered $60,000 worth of damage.”
A woman from Boucherville, Canada, underwent a period of serious depression. When she went to her parish, in the rectory she saw a picture of Mother Marie Rose on the wall. She began praying for the intercession of Mother Marie Rose. Three months later, the woman felt very active and more serene than she had been. Released from depression, she was able to reestablish a better relationship with her father and her paternal grandmother, whom she had not seen for years.
A lady from Longueuil, Canada, had a cyst in her left breast diagnosed on January 14, 1987. She prayed fervently to God asking the intercession of Blessed Mother Marie-Rose Durocher. On February 6, 1987 the cyst could not be traced anymore. After May 21, all the pain was gone.
A man from Montreal, Canada, suffered from Kaposi’s sarcoma, a tumor caused by infection, often related to AIDS. In 1989, the patient had been told that he was carrying the AIDS virus. The diagnosis of the outbreak was given on June 20, 1992. A friend led the man to the tomb of Blessed Mother Marie-Rose Durocher, where he asked her intercession. That was on July 13, 1992. From that day on, the skin rash disappeared, bit by bit. Even if the AIDS virus remained, his perspective on life was new.
A new-born baby boy from Winnipeg, Canada, suffered of an “urachus fistula”, an abnormal passage, called fistula, between the urinary bladder and the umbilicus. He had to undergo a difficult surgery. He recovered completely due to the intercession of Blessed Mother Marie-Rose Durocher.
A widow from Montreal in Canada had kidney problems. On November 16, 1995, she fell into a serious state of health. Because of the heavy pain the lady thought that she was about to die. Her seven year old son called two religious sisters from the neighborhood. They called the ambulance and started praying, asking the intercession of Blessed Mother Marie-Rose Durocher. At that moment the pain stopped all of a sudden. There was no need to go to the hospital.
A man from Saint-Eustache in Canada had received a picture of Blessed Mother Marie-Rose Durocher in 1994. In the winter of 1996 he was working on his car. The report: “I was heating some metal parts to straighten them out, when suddenly the blowtorch tank caught fire. The flames were rising. Unable to reach an extinguisher and since the fire was raging in front of the car, I ran toward the back and saw some blankets. Quickly, I unfolded them over the flaming tank. The fire went out. After this whole mess, a good cleaning had to be done. To my great surprise, I found among the sweepings, at the same spot where the flaming tank had been, the picture of Sister Marie-Rose, undamaged.”
A lady from Calgary, Canada, reports: “My husband left to live with another woman twenty years ago. He had been away from the sacraments for about thirty years. I prayed constantly for his conversion. In January, 1999, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He made his peace with God and his family before he died. I had always prayed that he would come back to us. My thanks to Mother Marie-Rose.”
A lady from Montreal, Canada reports: “Having had an accident, I had a knee that was almost useless. According to the doctors, it could not be healed. I was told that I would limp for the rest of my life, and that I would need a cane. On arriving home, I took a relic of Mother Marie-Rose and rubbed it on my knees. At the end of the week, I had no more pain, and I now walk very well.
Due to the intercession of Blessed Mother Marie-Rose Durocher a person from Thetford Mines, Canada, reported the cure of her daughter after a difficult surgery on a 95 % blocked aorta.
A religious sister reported a miraculous cure of a child through the intercession of Blessed Mother Marie-Rose: “The son of one of our employees was sick with severe “staphylococcus”, an infection caused by a Staphylococcus bacterium causing food poisoning. The child’s face was almost paralyzed and he had a sore eye. After a few days the boy was cured. The doctor could not believe that he was cured; he said it was a miracle.