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1 November 2017

Grey Nuns of Montreal virtual exhibit “In Her Footsteps”

The Grey Nuns of Montreal Archives Department invite you to visit virtually the exhibit “In Her Footsteps” at the following link: www.sgm-visites.ca

Visit the virtual exhibit

This exhibition, presented from 2004 to 2017 at the Maison de Mère d’Youville (three-hundred-year-old dwelling) in old Montreal, relates the rich history of the Grey Nuns and highlights their heritage.

About the exhibit

The exhibit “In Her Footsteps” includes a number of historical artefacts, old furniture, and striking documents from the archives dating from 1692 to the present thus revealing an important slice of the history of Montreal.

Through the course of this visit, visitors learn how this site has evolved and been adapted to the changing face of Montreal. From being a hospice to a warehouse to a residence of the Grey Nuns, it has survived many disasters—fires, floods, and wars. But nothing could stop the devotion and enthusiasm of Marguerite d’Youville and her spiritual daughters who have weathered more than two centuries.

The visit is divided into three parts. The first part presents the founding of the General Hospital of Montreal by the Charon Brothers as you pass through the historical rooms with their period furniture. The second part tells about the life of Marguerite d’Youville in New France and the beginnings of the Congregation of the Grey Nuns. The third part is dedicated to the charitable works of the Grey Nuns throughout their existence.

Grey Nuns of Montreal website: www.sgm.qc.ca/en/home

Credits: Jacynthe Cloutier, Francis Lhotelin and the Grey Nuns of Montreal