“My whole life has been for family, women, couples and youth.”-Sr Marilyn
Sister Marilyn Mangan
First Canadian Creighton Model Practitioner
Founder of Marguerite Bourgeoys Family Centre
Sister Marilyn entered the Congregation of Notre Dame in Montreal, after high school graduation, making religious profession in 1954. She taught high school in Kingston and Toronto. At Notre Dame High School in Toronto, she began teaching Family Studies. By 1973, she began teaching the Billings Ovulation Method. Marilyn felt this was the answer for women, youth and families.
While Sister Marilyn was studying for her Master’s Degree in Spirituality during the summer of 1978, she attended Dr Thomas Hilgers’ first training course for Creighton Model Practitioners. Marilyn believed the FertilityCare System was an answer for all her questions with the Billings Method. Her community encouraged her to take time off to finish her degree and she also took the opportunity to take the Creighton Model Practitioner’s Course. Marilyn’s provincial, at the time, said, “We must be attentive, for this is the work of Marguerite (Bourgeoys), especially at this time in our society.”
Sister Marilyn would go on to become the founding member of the American Academy of FertilityCare and its first Practitioner in Canada. In 1983 Sister Marilyn founded the Marguerite Bourgeoys Family Centre, a unique natural family agency in Toronto, which featured Natural Procreative Technology and was able to assist and counsel couples for over thirty years. Acknowledging her many years of service, in 2013, the Board of Directors of the FertilityCare Centers of America, presented Sister Marilyn with a plaque recognizing her dedication and commitment. Upon retirement Sister Marilyn returned to Kingston and in 2012 moved to the Providence Motherhouse with other members of her community. It was there Sister Marilyn passed way peacefully on May 12, 2020.
Read her personal testimony, Why Am I Here?
The link to her obituary is here.