Rosalie Cadron-Jetté is the daughter of Antoine Cadron dit St-Pierre and of Rose Roy dit Desjardins. She was born in Lavaltrie on January 27 1794 and remained the only child of the couple until the birth of her sister Sophie, 12 years later. On October 7, 1811, at the age of 17, she married “a young voyageur” aged 33 by the name of Jean-Marie Jetté.
Rosalie Cadron-Jetté is one of the rare foundresses of a religious institute to have left many descendants. This is what we read on the subject in the book Positio where her spiritual patrimony was enumerated as a start:
“When Mother of the Nativity died on April 5, 1864, she left behind 33 professed sisters, 5 novices and 6 postulants. From May 1st 1845 to April 5, 1864, the Institute welcomed 2244 single expectant mothers some of whom consecrated their lives to the Lord. Aside from these numbers, a large number of poor women, close to 200 yearly, were attended in their homes.”
Questions regarding her offspring then led to counting her descendants at the time of her death and the promise of life expectancy at the time to ensure the future of the family:
“When she died, 6 of the 11 children of Rosalie Cadron-Jetté, were living and were married. Four of these children had given her 41 grand-children and after her death, three other grand-children were born. Four of Rosalie’s grand-children married before she died and she became a great grand-mother a little over one year before she died. The foundress also left behind her sister Sophie married to François Laberge and several nephews and nieces.” (Positio, File on the virtues and the reputation of holiness, Volume 1, Rome 1994, page 412.)
Descendents who may be interested in getting in touch with their family members are also invited to join the Facebook site created for this purpose.
This is a private group. Users are asked to send an application for membership by e-mail to the manager who reports to the CRCJ. At the present time, there are 78 members.