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Bourbonnais, Illinois & First CND Foundation in the USA



On October 1, 1860, three Sisters (Sister St. Alexis de St. Joseph, Sister St. Marie de la Victoire, and Sister St. Alphonse de Liguori) of the Congregation of Notre Dame held classes for the first time. They had fifty students and the school was a stone building directly across the street from the current Church.

The Sisters taught in French and English.

Father Pierre Beaudoin, C.S.V. and Brothers Jean Baptiste Bernard, C.S.V. and Augustin Martel, C.S.V. arrived in Bourbonnais on September 10, 1863 to lead Maternity BVM Church. The Viatorians received their teaching certificates shortly after arriving and began teaching in the boys' school.

Saturday, October 26th, the Maternity of The Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, honored the Foundress of the Congregation of Notre Dame, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, and the Founder of the Clerics of St. Viator, Fr. Louis Querbes, by dedicating their newly commissioned and framed portraits now hanging in the Church.




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