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We invite you to visit the temporary exhibition Victor Bourgeau. A bishop and his architect
Victor Bourgeau (1809-1888) was the principal architect of the Montreal diocese under the episcopate of Bishop Bourget. He built more than 200 buildings in Quebec, including the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal in 1861, where the RHSJ worked until 1997. Some of them continued as volunteers with the sick until the hospital closed.

The exhibition focuses on the profession of architecture in the 19th century and provides an understanding of the very specific way of building that Victor Bourgeau developed during his career.
Marie de la Ferre - July 28, 1652
Let us remember Marie de la Ferre, co-founder of the Congregation with Jérôme Le Royer. She was at the Community of Moulins. Now, in that year the City of Moulins was afflicted by a terrible plague.

Marie de la Ferre devoted herself without counting to the bedside of the sick. She was ill and died in the night of July 27-28, 1652. This is a great opportunity to thank the Lord for his life and to entrust to him our present world, especially the victims of the pandemic and their families.

Sister Louisette Lelièvre
We remember… in this time of pandemic
…those courageous Hospitallers of yesterday, who, following the fire in the hospital in 1734, lived (40) in a house with their patients. There they admitted a soldier suffering from a malignant fever (influenza). Within the first few days, Sisters Lepicard and Préville died, and seven other Sisters would succumb, victims of their charity. With no funeral service the Sulpicians buried them in the chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours and their remains are still there today. “Our tears dampened our bread and our pillows night and day” wrote Sister Cuillerier.
What's new in May 2020?
This is a topic that could take many pages in this time of pandemic!

For us, Hospitallers of St Joseph, for months we were preparing for the Chapter that was to take place at the end of June 2020.

Of course, we had to postpone the event in March 2021. As our Superior General points out: « The human mind plans the way but the Lord directs the steps.…» Prov. 16,9.

Father Lemaire, parish priest of Roiffé, passed away
Father Lemaire passed away on Febraury 18. He has been parish priest since 1975 in Roiffé, a small village of 700 inhabitants, located in the Vienne region of Poitou-Charentes. Without wishing to deny the historical context of Roiffé, the village is dear to the heart of the Religious Hospitallers, since it is the birthplace of Marie de la Ferre, co-founder of our Congregation.

Father Lemaire and his late brother Michel were devoted guardians of the memory of Marie de la Ferre in this small village, where we like to go and meditate. We are grateful to them.

As our Founders, Father Lemaire was a faithful servant of our God, may he now live in Eternal Peace.
Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, World Day of Consecrated Life
On February 2nd, the Church commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, highlighting the Consecration of Jesus to his Father.

Since 1977, the Church wanted to give thanks for consecrated life throughout the world, hence this commemoration Day.
Moreover, in our spiritual family we renew our consecration to the Lord with the spiritual event experienced by Jerome Le Royer, our founder, his vision of the Holy Family, and having the first chapter of our Constitutions dictated to him.

A time for the Congregation to give thanks and to live this day in deep communion with all our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Jérôme Le Royer de la Dauversière in the spotlight
In Montreal, the Sisters of Charity Sainte-Marie, better known as Marie Clarac, received a donation from our Congregation to help them renovate their excellent palliative care service.

Last week, wanting to thank us, they invited us to visit them and we responded to their invitation. It was with emotion that we discovered the delicate way to make their thanks to the RHSJ come true. At the entrance of the palliative care service a wall space is dedicated to Jérôme Le Royer as you can see in the photo.

The Bathurst RHSJ's relocation.
Several months ago, we wrote about the Montreal RHSJ’s relocation.

Today, it is the Bathurst Community’s turn to experience a big change. Yes, 40 Sisters will leave their dear Vallée-Lourdes where they lived for more than 70 years, to go to the Le Royal Residence, in down town Bathurst.

A new form of presence in the population, a new Mission. With all our heart, let us wish each of them a fruitful adaptation.
Happy anniversary Jeanne Mance!
Jeanne Mance, co-founder of Montreal, was born on November 12, 1606 in Langres, France, and arrived in Montreal in 1642 where she lived until her death on June 18, 1673.
November 6 with the RHSJ
La Flèche, is the place of our Foundation and also where the spiritual family is present through the Sisters and the Associates. Each year on November 6, the anniversary of Jérôme’s death we to remember our Founder and be grateful for this servant of God.
It is also the time chosen by certain groups of Associates to pronounce or renew their commitment.
Yes, in this time of great changes and preoccupations about the future, let us remember the word of God to Jérôme concerning the future of his project.
«My grace is sufficient for you»
150th anniversaire of the foundation of Miramichi
Invitation from Catholic Health International to remember the 150th anniversary of foundation in Miramichi by the Religious Hospitallers of Saint-Joseph.

Mention will be made of the birth of a new group of associate persons in Miramichi.

The family is always growing. Let us rejoice!
En route in Montreal for the 3rd transfer of the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph

On April 22nd, before proceeding to the Sisters’ move, the Community experienced a farewell celebration at the Hôtel Dieu chapel where, since 1861, the great moments of the community and also of Christian life were experienced and celebrated; intense interior and emotional moments.

Living Memory

Hospitallers, witnesses and actresses of the great epidemics in Montreal

Report by René Saint-Louis - Radio-Canada - June 17, 2020

The Musée des Religieuses Hospitalières de Saint-Joseph de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, a bit of a Museum of epidemics. The sisters have not only witnessed the various waves of illness that have struck Montreal throughout its history, but they have also been important actors. Their testimony allows us to take a step back from the COVID-19 pandemic that the world is currently experiencing.

In the 19th century, it was not uncommon for an epidemic to cause thousands of deaths in Montreal. But the population on the island was much smaller than it is today. Considering the number of people living on the Island of Montreal, the deaths that occurred were disastrous, it was almost the end of a world, says Sister Denise Lafond.

The typhus epidemic of 1847 was particularly deadly. To such an extent that the Hospitallers were prevented from caring for the sick at the Hôtel-Dieu, because they feared contamination of the other patients. So, it was in hangars that the typhus patients were treated by the nuns and religious. All the religious communities have teamed up to try to help and they have all gone to look after the contaminated population in these hangars, says the Museum’s programming and education officer, Charlotte Moreau de la Fuente.

The different epidemics have caused many victims in religious communities, just as COVID-19 has reached a large part of the nursing staff. This is one of the observations that make the museum’s director general, Paul Labonne, say that epidemics follow each other and are similar. Over the course of its history, Montreal has experienced various health crises, many epidemics. There is always the same pattern that happens: the outbreak of epidemics, the mobilization of health care personnel with their share of deaths—these are people who sacrifice themselves—and the fear that this causes among Montrealer.