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Launching of Cultural and Historical Activities at Marie-Rose Centre

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) have officially opened their new archives exhibition, open to the public until February 7, 2020. This year, the theme focuses on the issue of access to education for girls, an issue that remains to this day, as evidenced in the numerous signs of gender inequalities in education.
Sister Denise Riel, Provincial Animator of SNJM sisters of Québec, stated that "women account for two thirds of the 774 million illiterate adults in the world and that 130 million girls aged 6 to 17, receive no schooling at all." Referring to the fact that girls have a greater risk of being denied access to school than boys, Sister Riel went on to say that "there was a time in Québec, and elsewhere in America, when the education of girls was considered unnecessary."
Convinced, like her predecessors, that education is the driving force of social change, Sister Riel believes it is essential to make known the SNJM mission and to promote awareness in the struggle counteracting inequalities that exist in education today. The current exhibition is one of the many means to accomplish this goal.

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An innovative vision of education

With the theme, Educating Young Women: at the Core of the SNJM Mission, this exhibition creatively blends past and present, revealing the visionary side of Eulalie Durocher and her companions. They were convinced that the education of girls and young women has a positive impact on furthering independence for women, improving the living conditions and health of families and contributing to the evolution of society.
Participants at the exhibition will learn of the innovative approach taken by SNJMs since their modest beginnings in 1843. As visitors walk through seven areas portraying themes such as the course of studies, the arts and teacher training, they will make surprising discoveries, particularly in three distinct settings exhibiting artifacts providing a real immersion experience. Those who wish may have their photograph taken as they sit in an SNJM classroom!

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A museum open to all

The official opening of this new exhibition of archives also serves as the opening of the summer season for Marie-Rose Centre, a unique and varied museum. This museum, dedicated to the foundresses, includes the Foundation House, the chapel and the historic rooms where Mother Marie-Rose lived.
Religious and architectural heritage enthusiasts can also enjoy an outdoor thematic walk. To learn more, make your reservations for a guided tour of the exhibition, or explore different elements of Marie-Rose Centre by calling 450-651-8104, extension 0, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All activities take place at the Congregational House, located at 80, rue Saint-Charles Est, Longueuil.
Schedule: visits by appointment, during the year, Tuesday to Friday; during the summer season, Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 4:00.
Marie-Rose Centre is a member of Saint Lawrence River Shrines, the only organization which has a religious heritage route in Québec combining a number of shrines.

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Activities (no fee) offered on September 29 by SNJMs – Journées de la culture (Cultural Days)

Discover 175 years of history and the richness of a written heritage by attending a public reading entitled Archives Aloud

On Saturday, September 29, in the context of the Journées de la culture (Cultural Days), the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) are offering two presentations of a public reading, Archives Aloud, which includes projections and musical interludes. This activity invites you to discover the richness of the SNJM heritage by immersing yourself in the world of 175 years of SNJM history, as preserved in written archives.

This first major public reading, entitled Educate to liberate, is perfectly in line with the theme of the 2018 Journées de la culture, which puts words in the spotlight. In fact, listening to the reading of texts from the archives is an opportunity to be enchanted by the resonance of the words, to absorb all their meanings and to be captivated by the stories they tell.

The various archival excerpts which will be presented testify to the lives and commitments of sisters in several spheres of action. The readings will help reveal the deep and ever-present values of the congregation, which, inspired by its foundress Marie-Rose Durocher, has been responding to the needs of people since 1843, empowering them to reach their full potential.


The presentations, each lasting approximately one hour, will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Longueuil Convent Chapel. Please reserve as soon as possible, since the number of seats is limited.

Open House at Longueuil Convent and Guided Outdoor Tour 

In the spirit of these Journées de la culture, SNJMs invite the public to take advantage of the Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to visit the historical rooms where the foundress lived, the original chapel, the Foundation House (the former parish school) and the museum dedicated to the pioneers of the first teaching congregation of women religious founded by a Canadian.

It will also be possible, by means of a guided tour of the archival exhibition, Educate to liberate, to deepen the knowledge acquired during the public reading. Lastly, visitors who would like to discover more about the rich heritage buildings on this site, which is at the heart of the foundation of the City of Longueuil, can register for the outdoor thematic tour entitled “If these walls could talk,” offered at 3 p.m., by reservation. 

To learn more about these activities (no fee) that will take place at 80, rue Saint-Charles Est, Longueuil, or to register for the various approximately hour-long presentations which require reservations, call 450 651-8104, extension 0, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The contribution of SNJMs to the activities of the Journées de la culture is carried out in collaboration with the City of Longueuil. It is part of the 175th anniversary activities of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. 


SNJM Day of Service & Justice

Let's act together

October 6, 2018 

Join us! Join this SNJM Day of Service and Justice on October 6, 2018 to witness the values and spirit of mission of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher.

Plan your activity and share it with us here.

What is it? 
The SNJM Day of Service and Justice on October 6th is one of the days the Congregational Leadership Team has designated to celebrate our 175th anniversary as a congregation. The activities of this SNJM Day of Service and Justice can be organized around October 6th since this date falls on a Saturday. We hope you will be creative in responding to the needs of our world and of our Earth in some special way on this Feast of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher!

Who can participate?

Sisters, associates, parents, alumni, students, faculty, staff, members of various organizations associated with the SNJM, collaborators, friends, etc. 


The SNJM Day of Service and Justice is held on or around October 6 to commemorate the birthday of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher.

Why sign up?

  • Signing up will provide all of us an opportunity to encourage and support one another 
  • Your sign-up will let others know if your activity so they can join in on for the day
  • It is a virtual way to share with one another our collective commitment to service and justice in the spirit of Marie Rose. Sharing our projects, pictures and experience will be one way for us to celebrate the SNJM mission throughout the congregation everywhere we work with our partners and collaborators.


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Do not forget to share your project and take photos and encourage your participants to comment or testify on social media, your website, email ... 

Discover the list of all officially registered projects to date. 

Explore the world of SNJMs all summer long


Summer schedule from Wednesday to Sunday

Marie-Rose Centre (CMR) is a multi-faceted historical site which helps people discover the story of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) and their foundress. It recalls the educational social context of the times and promotes deeper understanding of this patrimonial site unique to Longueuil.

This museum site distinguishes itself from others by the diversity of what it offers on a permanent basis in addition to specific thematic tours as well as a temporary exhibition.

In this 175th SNJM anniversary year, visitors may visit a special archives exhibition entitled: Educate to Liberate. This exhibition focuses on the responses of the congregation to the needs of local communities in various places throughout the world. Visitors discover the spirit that animates the sisters to this day, as well as the variety of SNJM works and involvements in education, spirituality, justice and respect of human rights.


The outdoor thematic tour focuses on the special aspects of this patrimonial site whose buildings are classified as historical monuments. The guided tour allows visitors to discover new aspects of the history of Longueuil through the various buildings with multiple and evocative names.

A legacy to know and protect

Marie-Rose Centre’s historical and patrimonial treasures are truly worth getting to know. Upon entering the entrance hall of the Longueuil convent, designated Congregational House since its last transformation, visitors admire a magnificent original staircase fashioned in ash wood (1740). A great way to immediately immerse them in another era and have them discover pearls of our heritage and history!

Thus, by exploring the world of SNJMs, the first teaching congregation of women religious founded by a Canadian, visitors become acquainted with aspects of life related to the evolution and life of Longueuil society.

Among the many treasures open to the public permanently (upon reservation) are:

·         The old (former) convent

·         The convent chapel, blessed in 1847


·         The historical rooms where Blessed Marie-Rose lived (her bedroom, office and chapter room)

·         The museum dedicated to the foundress and her companions, including a mural depicting the geographical places where Marie-Rose lived, as well as several artifacts related to the first sisters of the congregation

·         The foundation house (former school of La Fabrique)

Marie-Rose Centre bears witness to the courageous and determined women who have provided education to thousands of young girls and boys. These sisters have contributed significantly to society by the establishment of many institutes and schools, including the Vincent-d’Indy School of Music in Montreal, Quebec, without forgetting their impact on three continents.

Centre Marie-Rose is a valued place to visit with regards to Quebec’s religious heritage. It is instrumental in handing on this history and preserving it for future generations. During summer, until September 2, the Centre is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The guided tour lasts at least two hours and each of the thematic tours takes 45 to 60 minutes. Please call 450-651-8104, Ext. 0, to reserve or write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Marie-Rose Centre is also a member of the religious heritage network, Sanctuaires du fleuve (Sanctuaries of the River).  


Immerse yourself in the history of a heritage jewel: the Longueuil Convent

Activities on August 4 and 5 at SNJMs in Longueuil - Archeology Month in Quebec

As a part of the activities of the Quebec Archeology Month, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) are offering a premiere of an animated presentation with projection on the evolution of this historical building erected around 1740.

Supported by archival documents, this original presentation retraces the various vocations and transformations of this building where hundreds of sisters have worked and thousands of young women have studied over the years. Two complimentary presentations are scheduled: Saturday, August 4, at 10:30 a.m., and Sunday, August 5, at 2 p.m. Make reservations soon because the number of places available is limited.

Guided outdoor tour and open house

People wishing to acquire more information will be able to continue their exploration by taking the outdoor thematic tour: ‘’If the Walls Could Speak,” presented at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, and on Sunday, August 5, (Reservations required). This guided tour allows visitors to discover the wealth of the heritage built in this section of Longueuil and the architectural particularities of the buildings.

We also tell the story of the École de la Fabrique (parish school), which became the SNJM Foundation House. In addition to describing the details of the oldest house in the area, we note the traces of the Saint-Antoine Creek which no longer exists. In case of rain, all will be presented indoors in a conference with projection.

In addition, the Convent of Longueuil, which eventually became the Congregational House, will be open to the public all weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed between noon and 1 p.m.). Visitors will be able to explore the sites and to discover the museum dedicated to the foundresses of this international congregation, the original chapel, the historical rooms, as well as the Foundation House. Also of interest is the SNJM 175th Anniversary exhibit entitled, ‘’Educate to Liberate.’’

To learn more about these free activities or to register for the 60-minute presentation, please call 450-651-8104, Ext. 0, or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We note that this is the third year that SNJMs participate in the Archeology Month activities organized by the City of Longueuil at the parc de la Baronnie. This year’s participation is part of the 175th anniversary of the first teaching congregation of women religious founded by a Canadian, Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher.


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