Spanish Flu: Providing Care During a Pandemic

Caring for the poor at a time when many diseases could spread rapidly and turn into epidemics carried was highly risky for nuns. Tuberculosis, for example, was one of the most devastating infections at the turn of the 20th century. Self-sacrifice took on a whole new meaning for nuns who, while trying to relieve sick people’s suffering, sometimes lost their own lives.

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Draw inspiration from the first hospitallers to relearn how to take care of others

At the time of rehabilitating their monastery, the Augustinian Sisters wanted to transition their vocation from curing patients towards taking care of caregivers. Their vision became a reality at the Monastère des Augustines when they offered respite for caregivers and health professionals—those courageous souls who care for or serve the sick and vulnerable.

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Archives Now Available to the General Public!

On July 4, 2018, the Monastère des Augustines inaugurated a web portal exclusively dedicated to the archives of the Augustinian Sisters. About 3,000 archival documents—nearly 32,000 pages or digitized photos—are accessible to the general public. There are photos, letters, contracts, etc. This is an incredible gift to researchers as well as all those interested in the religious, medical, architectural and social history of Québec! Let’s discover the 10 major themes for those curious enough to venture into the past!

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