23
Nov
08

Day 53 of a 365-Day Portrait of Canada: Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, Old Montreal

The statue of Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours (Our Lady of Good Help or Succour) spreads her arms and blesses all those who pass by. Also known as the Sailor’s Church, this historical gem in Old Montreal was built in 1771 over the ruins of the first stone chapel which burnt in 1754. Attached to the church is the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum. This “Mother of the Colony” was one of the country’s first teachers and the founder of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame. In 2005, (the 350th anniversary of the church) the remains of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys were placed in the left side-altar below the statue of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours as a final resting place. (information taken from numerous sources including the museum website: www.marguerite-bourgeoys.com).

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