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New this summer at the Sanctuaries of the River

By 27 June 2022July 6th, 2022News

The five members of the Sanctuaries of the St. Lawrence are waiting for you all summer long with new features and the pleasure of meeting you again. Fans of heritage and historical and cultural discoveries will be delighted by the free visits (voluntary contribution) of these places which combine architectural beauties, museums and new temporary exhibitions.

basilique-sainte-anne-varennes-marguerite-sanctuaires-fleuve-v900For one, the Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville Shrine in Varennes is offering a brand new temporary exhibition entitled Marguerite d’Youville and her influence. The exhibition will help visitors discover other aspects of the role of this pioneer of social services in Canada. The first Canadian woman to be canonized, Marguerite d’Youville welcomed the homeless, the underprivileged, the sick, single mothers and orphans, regardless of race or nationality. The shrine is located on the very site of her birth. Extend your visit by going to the Sainte-Anne Basilica which offers a new exhibition of ancient sacred objects.

Église Sainte-Famille

Église Sainte-Famille

Recognized for its many heritage attractions, Sainte-Famille de Boucherville Church is a place to discover. Facing the Boucherville islands, it is located in the historic heart of one of the oldest cities in Quebec. Built of stone, the Sainte-Famille church has an interior layout that includes many interesting historical elements: high altar, sanctuary lamp, vault, baptistery… The guided tour also allows you to discover the particularities of its sacred art exhibit, which brings together a collection of religious objects from the parish.

2017-07-11-snjm-school-network-3418-v1920In Longueuil, we find first of all the Marie-Rose Center. This museum space of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) includes a museum, a chapel, historical rooms where Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher lived and the Foundation house, built in 1811. Two outdoor tours, one dedicated to architectural heritage and the second in the form of a silent pilgrimage, are also offered. A new archival exhibit, Women of Boldness and Change, highlights the issues of the day and illustrates the legacy of Mother Marie-Rose, whose 40th anniversary of beatification was marked this year.

2022-06-17-cocathedrale-st-antoine-padoue-exterieurA few steps from there, we find the Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue co-cathedral. This high place gives access to a museum that traces the history of Longueuil since its foundation. The new temporary exhibition brings a different look with the presentation in images of 50 years of archaeological excavations. It is an invitation to discover a Longueuil under ground. Let us point out that the cocathedral shelters in the right transept, the Marie-Rose chapel where lies the blessed Marie-Rose Durocher.

sanctuaire-kateri-4094-vrec1920The Sainte-Kateri-Tekakwitha Shrine in Kahnawake, in the Jesuit mission built in 1720, is an opportunity to reconnect with another part of history. The guided tour of the church, the museum and the Interpretation Centre allows visitors to appreciate the diversity of the historical, cultural and archaeological treasures through, among other things, manuscripts, numerous artifacts (arrowheads, beads, etc.). There is also the tomb of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, a young Aboriginal woman, canonized on October 21, 2012.

The only structured religious heritage circuit, the Sanctuaries of the River offer a cultural, heritage and spiritual journey along the St. Lawrence River, from Varennes to Kahnawake. It’s an opportunity to dive into the traditions and realities of another era and to discover bold characters who have influenced the course of our history. Contact each shrine directly for their hours of operation. Admission is free (voluntary contribution).


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Les lignes et couleurs forment une image moderne à laquelle l’eau confère un caractère dynamique et vivant. La croix s’intègre aux flots au même titre que les sanctuaires sont partie intégrante des rives du Saint-Laurent.
La croix, solide, identifie les sanctuaires et rappelle les premières croix de bois plantées en Amérique, témoins d’une histoire qui continue de s’écrire.
Les flots entourent la croix d’une façon telle qu’ils la rendent lumineuse et dominante tout en symbolisant le caractère spirituel des lieux.
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The lines and colours create a modern image, with water adding a dynamic and lively quality. The cross is integrated with the waves, just as the sanctuaries are integral to the shores of the St. Lawrence.
The solid cross represents the sanctuaries, bringing to mind the first wooden crosses carried to America, and bearing witness to an ongoing history.
The waves surround the cross, making it luminous and dominant, a combination that symbolizes the spiritual aspect of these places.

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Las líneas y los colores forman una imagen moderna a la que el agua le confiere un carácter dinámico y vivo. La cruz se integra al río de la misma manera que los santuarios forman parte de las orillas del Saint-Laurent.
La cruz, sólida, se identifica con los santuarios y nos recuerda las primeras cruces de madera plantadas en América, testigos de una historia que se sigue escribiendo.
El agua rodea la cruz de tal manera que la vuelve luminosa y dominante al mismo tiempo que simboliza el carácter espiritual del lugar.
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