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Marie de l'Incarnation, 1599-1672

Canadian Religious Personalities

Title

Marie de l'Incarnation, 1599-1672

Denomination

17¢

Date of Issue

April 24, 1981

Year

Quantity

11,825,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Canadian Religious Personalities

Series Time Span

1981

Perforation or Dimension

12.5

Printer

Ashton-Potter Limited.

Creators

Designed by Laurent Marquart Based on a sculpture by Jean-Émile Brunet

Original Artwork

Jean-Émile Brunet, "Marie de l'Incarnation", 1942 Rue du Parloir, Québec, Quebec

About Stamp

Marie Guyart, later known as Marie de l'Incarnation, was born at Tours, France, in 1599. She displayed exceptionally religious tendencies even at an early age, and entered an Ursuline convent after her husband died. She soon felt an inspiration to come to New France, and arrived at Quebec in 1639, where she founded the Ursuline order and acted as Superior of its convent until her death in 1672. She dedicated herself to the education of French and Indian girls. To do this she mastered several Indian languages and compiled Algonquian and lroquoian dictionaries. She was declared venerable in 1911 and beatified in 1980. These stamps designs are based on statues of the subjects, by sculptor Emile Brunet. Mère Marie's statue stands in the courtyard of the Ursuline Convent in Quebec; whereas that of Kateri Tekakwitha is to be found in the shrine at Caughnawaga. The stamp designer, Laurent Marquart of Montreal, has used high-contrast photos of work in appropriate colours and combined with identifying graphic elements for the stamp: the lily, insignia of the Ursuline Order.
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Reference

Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1981.

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