For practicing Catholics, it is customary to place a Nativity scene at the foot of the Christmas tree as the Holidays approach. In the past, according to Augustinians sister’s memories, each department in the Hôtel-Dieu de Quebec Hospital was adorned with a Christmas crêche that included a little Jesus, which was made of wax in the monastery. For the Augustinian sisters, making the wax infant Jesus with red cheeks and baby face has a spiritual importance.
Have you noticed that for the past few years we have been often adding a prefix before action verbs? New expressions, such as “co-create,” “co-working” or “co-lunching” are now part of our vocabulary.
The archivist’s job can sometimes seem similar to that of a detective. In fact, some archive documents provide researchers with a lot of twists and turns, especially when the information is scattered throughout several documents. Therefore, an investigation is required. To illustrate this phenomenon, here is a simple—but revealing—example of research conducted by archivists Audrey Julien and Annie Labrecque. They traced the journey of a washing machine from letters written by the Augustinians in the 19th century.
There is a lot of talk about meditation and mindfulness! It’s a sign of the times; every good bookstore now has a section dedicated to the subject. Even the word “mindfulness” seems to be the magical ingredient to make any activity even more pleasant. To better understand its potential, our partner Marie Ève Lécine, Guidance Counsellor and Professor of Meditation, explains what meditation is. Marie Ève hosts the Rendez-vous méditation au Monastère and gives training sessions for the general public.
Every month, an object from the heritage bequest by the Augustinian community is selected by the museum storage facility and archives center teams. Featured this month: a huge coffeepot from the mid-20th century.
We all know how much smartphones, Internet and social media can quickly become a tsunami of images and information—and a source of distraction. The screens, although colourful and bright, sometimes keep our eyes from remembering our essential values, goals and the very meaning of our lives. In this text, I have provided some ideas to restore a link to your true needs, priorities and passions. I also give you simple and effective tools to calm this almost insatiable hunger for all things digital.
Nowadays, it seems almost impossible to imagine daily life without telecommunications technology, as it is part of our leisure and work. Let’s look at some of the media used over the years by the Augustinians.
Sylvie Lemelin has been working with Le Monastère des Augustines since it opened in 2015. She is a clinical ergotherapist and teaches both yoga and the practice of “mindfulness.” In this article, she introduces us to what “mindfulness” consists of.
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. At the Hôtel-Dieu de Quebec alone, there were three nuns in 1896, six in 1900 and two in 1901 to succumb to the disease. However, the influenza of 1918, known as “Spanish Flu,” took the Augustinians of Québec City by surprise.
At Le Monastère des Augustines, employees have the opportunity to participate in various committees. The activities provided by their members are guided by the Monastère’s commitments and values, such as sustainable development and holistic health. It’s a great way for employees to get involved in projects they care about. One such example is the knitting club, initiated by the Holistic Health Committee. Learn about the fruits of their “hard labour” in words and photos.