In May 1845, Rosalie Cadron-Jette moved into the attic of her son’s house, bringing with
her a young woman who had recently given birth. From these humble roots, the
Misericordia Family was born, which eventually gave birth to Wolseley Family Place.
Rosalie was born in 1794 in Lavaltrie, Quebec. She married and
then mothered 11 children; although 6 grew to adulthood, 5 others died as children.
Because her husband died when she was 38 years old and she had
to raise her children alone, she came to understand the struggles of the single mother.
This led to her willingness to assist when young women came to her,
faced with the dilemma of unintended pregnancies for which they had no support.
Since 1997, Wolseley Family Place has continued the tradition
of walking with women and their families.
The tiny purple violet flowers has come
to represent Rosalie’s humility, simplicity and modesty, her constant readiness
to serve others, especially single mothers and their children.