During a presentation by Sister Pierrette Désilets, on October 6th, the Sisters at Maison Jésus-Marie had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary’s (SNJM) long journey in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve-Mercier neighborhood, and more particularly at Sainte-Émélie.
Recapturing the symbolism of the rose, that had been unveiled during the celebration of gratitude at Residence Sainte-Émélie, Sister Désilets travelled back in time to 1900, to talk about this seed that produced the Sainte-Émélie Convent.
As a result, she was able to recall the various missions carried out in the neighborhood by the Sisters, as well as the convent’s multiple vocations. Sequentially, it became a boarding school, Sainte-Marie-des-Anges Normal School, a primary school and then a residence for the elderly sisters. However, its mission did not end there if we consider the many apostolates that emerged from this house and the Sisters’ enthusiasm at meeting the needs of the milieu.