Convent Complex of the Sisters  of Saint Anne (Lachine)


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1280, boul. Saint-Joseph
Lachine (Québec)  H8S 2M8
Tél. : 514 637-4616, ext. 212

For more information, please visit the Sisters of Saint Anne Historic Centre website: www.ssacong.org/musee/index.htm

Discovering the Convent Complex of the Sisters of Saint Anne in Lachine and Its Tradition of Education

In 1850, a small community of teaching sisters was formed in Vaudreuil, Quebec. The dream of its foundress was for countryside children, boys and girls alike, to be given an education. In the early 1860s, the community moved to the outskirts of the Lachine Canal to make that dream a reality. Over the years, it grew, with the foundation of several schools, in Quebec and Canada as well as around the world.

During the next hour, we invite you to explore the complex made up of the college and convent of Sainte Anne, located in Lachine. The complex, which evolved over the years to meet the needs of the local population and the small but growing religious order, is one of the main points of interest in the historic district of Lachine. It is our pleasure to assist you as you visit these places, whose significance is closely linked to the teaching work of the Sisters of Saint Anne. You will discover a community that strongly influenced the development of the surrounding district, and learn about figures that marked the history of Montreal, such as the Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin, Bishop Ignace Bourget, Father Nazaire Piché and the architects Perrault, Mesnard and Venne.

This visit includes 19 audio stops. Please click on the button in the right-hand corner at the top of this page to download the file containing the podcast. You can then transfer the file to your portable MP3 player.

We also invite you to download and print the accompanying flyer. It contains directions to the site, the list of audio stops, and diagrams of the convent complex.

We invite you to discover the Convent Complex of the Sisters of Saint Anne in Lachine and Its tradition of education.

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© Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec, November 2010
* Any reproduction or dissemination in print or multimedia format, or on Web sites other than this one, is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.

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The Sisters of Saint Anne Historic Centre is accessible, upon request, to people with reduced mobility.

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People with hearing impairment may enjoy the visit by downloading the full text of the virtual tour of the Sisters of Saint Anne convent complex.

This project was produced by the Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec, and made possible by the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal as part of the Programme de soutien à la diffusion du patrimoine montréalais.

Credits and acknowledgement

Research and writing:
Marie-Claude Ravary, Project Manager, Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec
Murielle Gagnon, Director, Sisters of Saint Anne Historic Centre
Christine Mailloux, SSA, historian
Jonathan Royer, student, tour guide
Valérie Couet-Lannes, Research Officer, Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec

We would like to express our sincere thanks to our generous collaborators:
Marjorie Deschamps, Communications Coordinator
Janie Deschênes, student, tour guide
Madeleine Grammond, SSA, annalist of the Congregation
Laurier Lacroix, Associate Professor, UQAM
Paul Racine, art historian

Audio recording and production:
Anne-Marie Dupras

Jocelyne Denault (narrator)
Charles Papasoff
Frank Mandracchia
Anne-Marie Dupras

Siamois graphisme (publication)
Rivest et associés (multimedia)

Linguistic revision:
Belle Page

Belva Webb, traductrice
Daly-Dallaire, Services de traduction

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