Life history (In Brief)
St. Marie / Mary of the Incarnation

1599 on October 28, Marie was born to the Giyat family in Tours, on the banks of the Loire River in France. The family had 8 children, Marie was the fourth, the Giyat family was a common middle class.

1607, when Marie was 7-8 years old at the school yard, saw a vision of the Lord Jesus moving the body that floated in the air came to her. He extended his arm to her and she felt that He embraced her, He asked Marie "Will you be mine?" Marie's answer was. “With pleasure”

Age 14-15, Marie told her parents that she wanted to go to the monastery. But she didn't get the serious attention of this request.

1617 Parents arranged for Marie to marry Claude Martin, a young professional satin trader in Tours. Marie was 17-18 years old.

In 1619, Claude Martin passed away, and Marie became a widow at the age of 19, faced with money and money, her son was just 6 months old, the business went bankrupt…!Not too long she was able to manage paying all the old debt to creditors before selling the business.

Marie returned to the same house to take care of her father because her mother had passed away.

1620, March 24th, was Marie's “time of repentance.” She recalled having experienced her deep feelings of sin and that she was not able to eradicate it. Marie needed "the Savior" ... This experience made Marie clear that God is love… love is personal, intimate, compassionate, gentle.

1622 In August, Paul Buisong, Marie's brother-in-law, saw her amazing ability as a business woman, therefore delegating duties to take care of important work. Each day, Marie had to go out to the city harbor in Tours, take care of the workers, maintain the navigation guidelines, check the condition of the horse-car-punt used in the loading work of that business.

For Marie, the realization of the love of God who is always close, is the power driven her to be able to dedicate herself to the benefit of our fellow human beings.

1631 Wishes at the age of 14-15 to enter the monastery had returned with a strong feeling.

On January 25th, Marie bid farewell to her father and her son, left the Buisong family home for the last time, entered the Ursuline Order which was located on Poitu Road.

1634 During the third year in the monastery, Marie saw the vision of a beautiful place. There was only sky as a roof, and a small church built of white marble. On the top of the church there was a statue of Our Lady holding the baby.

2/3 years later, the meaning of this vision was gradually revealed to Marie that the land in that vision was Canada and she would have to go there to build "A place for Jesus and Mother Mary."

1639 February 22nd, Marie, along with one other Ursuline from Tours and a lay woman who was patroness of the Order; Madame de la Pletri, left Tours.

On May 4th, one more Ursuline came to join us and set sail from Dieppe.

3 years later, that little house was a monastery. It was a boarding school for Indian children… and a hospital for treating Indian students who suffered from severe illnesses of chicken pox which plagued the entire city in the fall.

After 3 years, moved to the upper city away from the groans of the inner currents in St. Laurens River, there Marie was responsible for building the largest and most beautiful house in Canada.A heavy snowy night shortly after Christmas, Ursuline Monastery which was the "largest and most beautiful" building that the members of the group were extremely proud of, was burned down to the ground ... Thank God that no child was missing ...

Ursuline's diligence and ingenuity were already reliable.

Less than two years later, the monastery was rebuilt. The Ursulines were able to continue their work.

During the many difficult years, there were endless worries about the finances ... personnel… member safety. The joy of gratitude above all for Marie was that her son Claude entered the Benedictine monastery in St. More.

End of life, Marie looks back at things that had come in wonder, such as marriage, motherhood, widowedness, isolation. occupation in which she was both a servant and a master, vocation to be a religious and dreams associated with Canada, all were the true graces that always came in time.

1672 April 30th, Marie Giyat Martin, or Marie of the Incarnation ended her life at the monastery where she had established. She was 73 years old after working hard without giving up for the Church of Canada for 33 years.