In yesterday's post about the Bruyere Hospital, I mentioned Mother House. The hospital was founded by Sister Elizabeth Bruyere, and the Sisters of Charity, an order founded in Montreal, still operates here. Mother House adjoins the hospital, no doubt with access points between the two. This is the main entrance to Mother House, which had its chapel open for Doors Open weekend.
The entrance lobby impressed me, and there were several nuns around the chapel entrance and in the chapel itself. I spoke with one about the founder of the Sisters Of Charity, St. Marguerite d'Youville, who has already been canonized, and about Sister Elizabeth, who by all rights deserves to be canonized. These things do take time, though it would please the sisters if Elizabeth ends up among those ranks.
I was astonished- what's called a chapel really is a church. It's beautiful inside, adorned with statues of saints, including St. Marguerite, and an angel. It feels very light inside. The current chapel dates back to 1936, while Mother House as a whole was built in stages from the earliest day of the mission.
Back at the entrance to the chapel, this is a portrait of Sister Elizabeth herself. While the order has a burial plot at Notre Dame Cemetery in Vanier, it turns out that Sister Elizabeth has been re-interred here at Mother House.