December 1, 2014
Jeanne Mance was recognized by the Church for her heroic virtues on November 10, 2014. French Lay woman, she has founded the hospital Hôtel-Dieu in Montreal. Born in Langres en Champagne, France, on November 12, 1606, she died in Montreal on June 18, 1673. She's the only founder of Montreal who died in the colony. The recent decree recognizing her heroic virtues was authorized by Pope Francis. The decree opening her canonical inquiry had been introduced in 1959 by the Archdiocese of Montréal. She was also officially recognized by the City of Montreal, on May 17, 2012, as cofounder of Ville-Marie, today Montreal, along with Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve.