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Some new features at the Sanctuaries of the River for the Summer Season

By 30 June 2021News

Two new temporary exhibitions and the opening to the public of a third shrine are among the new features of the 2021 summer season for the Shrines of the River, the only structured religious heritage circuit in Quebec. Thus, the Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Co-Cathedral in Longueuil, the Sainte-Famille Church in Boucherville and the Marguerite-d’Youville Sanctuary in Varennes are open until September. Only the Centre Marie-Rose and the Sainte-Kateri-Tekakwitha Shrine have postponed their opening to take into account certain sanitary requirements in this era of progressive lifting of restrictions.

sanctuaire-marguerite-dyouville-vitraux-sanctuaires-fleuve-v800The Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville Shrine is offering a temporary exhibition to mark the 60th anniversary of its opening on June 25, 1961. Visitors can also take advantage of their visit to learn about the life of this pioneer of social services in Canada. Marguerite d’Youville welcomed the underprivileged, the homeless, the indigent, the sick, single mothers and orphans, regardless of race or nationality. Complete your tour by visiting the magnificent Basilica of Sainte-Anne de Varennes, located nearby.

Fonds-baptismaux-Philippe Rioux-v1000Sainte-Famille Church in Boucherville is known for its many heritage attractions. 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 interesting architecture. Its interior layout is just as fascinating with the diversity of its attractions: high altar, sanctuary lamp, vault, baptistery… The guided tour also allows you to discover the particularities of its exhibition of sacred art which gathers a whole collection of religious objects from the parish. It is a reopening for this place which remained closed all year 2020.

For the 2021 summer season, the Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Co-Cathedral opens its doors, offering access to its museum and the chapel of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher. Its museum offers a new temporary exhibition “Waste of yesterday, treasures of today”. It highlights the archaeological collection of the Historical Society of Longueuil. Through various objects, from mysterious bottles that could contain perfume water or miraculous syrup, to elegant inkwells, fine dishes and pottery, the information gathered gives a glimpse of the way of life of people of Longueuil at the end of the 19th century. It complements the permanent exhibition which traces the history of Longueuil since its foundation.


The Sanctuaries of the St. Lawrence offer a cultural, patrimonial and spiritual journey

along the St. Lawrence River. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the traditions and realities of another era and to discover the daring characters who have influenced the course of our history. Contact each shrine directly for their opening hours.

  • Sainte-Famille Church | | 450 655-9024
  • Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville Shrine | | 450 652-6976
  • Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Cocathedral | | 450 674-1549

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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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