A year later, she registered as a boarder in order to learn to read and write.
She then became a novice in the Congregation but had to leave, due to ill health.
Just as Jesus Christ, who passionately worked for the Glory of His Father, so too Mother Marie Anne sought only God's Glory in all she did.
After a year of this existing conflict between the chaplain and the Foundress, the latter being anxious to protect the rights of her Community, Bishop Bourget asked Mother Marie Anne, on August 18, 1854, "to resign".
He called for elections and warned Mother Marie Anne "not to accept the superiorship, even if her sisters wanted to reelect her".
Even though she could be reelected, according to the Rule of the Community, Mother Marie Anne obeyed her Bishop whom she considered God's instrument.
And she wrote: "As for me, my Lord, I bless Divine Providence a thousand times for the maternal care she shows me in making me walk the way of tribulations and crosses".
To a novice who asked her one day why she, the Foundress, was kept aside in such lowly work, she simply replied with kindness : "The deeper a tree sinks its roots into the soil, the greater are its chances of growing and producing fruit".
The attitude of Mother Marie Anne, who was a victim of so many injustices, allows us to bring out the evangelical sense she gave to events in her life.
In 1833, Esther became a teacher in the parochial school of Vaudreuil.
Little by little, she found out that one of the causes of this illiteracy was due to a certain Church ruling that forbade that girls be taught by men and that boys be taught by women.
Esther, now named "Mother Marie Anne", became its first superior.
The rapid growth of this young Community soon required larger quarters.
She was even kept away from the General Council deliberations when the 18 elections reelected her.