Find of the Month – History of New France

Every month, an object from the heritage bequest by the Augustinian community is selected by the museum storage facility and archives center teams. Featured this month: a book written by Pierre-François-Xavier de Charlevoix: Histoire de la Nouvelle-France: Journal d’un voyage fait par ordre du roi dans l’Amérique Septentrionale, tome III, 1744. On November 14, 1823, the Hôpital géneral de Québec received this book as a gift from Mademoiselle de Saint-Ours, a resident and benefactress of the institution.

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Chicoutimi: A Constant Presence, But Renewed

Spring is often an opportunity for renewal, change and resolution. The Chicoutimi Augustinian Sisters were no exception to this rule. Industrial society after the 1960s brought its share of questions, challenges and transformations, particularly with regard to religious institutions and the modernization of health care. The Augustinian Sisters of Chicoutimi have been able to adapt, especially by forging ahead and continuing their work outside the community.

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When hearts breathe

Perhaps you have already heard about or practiced cardiac coherence? Did you know that at Le Monastère, we are trying to discover how the Augustinian Sisters heritage may have given their unique touch to this practice? Cardiac coherence is a technique based on the fact that people’s breathing and their heartbeats can match; that the heart and lungs can communicate with and serve each other. Cardiac coherence can provide several health benefits, improve your vitality and influence your mood!

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Free Healthcare at Hôtel-Dieu de Québec

The Augustinian’s hospital work greatly impresses Le Monastère’s visitors, especially when they learn that in the past, most care was provided for free. According to the museum’s guides, the origin of healthcare funding raises important questions for visitors. How can a religious community provide care at no cost? It is important to qualify, because some patients paid pension, depending on their financial capacity. Here is some explanation about the costs related to the care provided at the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec.

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The Wax Jesus

For practicing Catholics, it is customary to place a Nativity scene at the foot of the Christmas tree as the Holidays approach. In the past, according to Augustinians sister’s memories, each department in the Hôtel-Dieu de Quebec Hospital was adorned with a Christmas crêche that included a little Jesus, which was made of wax in the monastery. For the Augustinian sisters, making the wax infant Jesus with red cheeks and baby face has a spiritual importance.

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