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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Montreal, Canada: a Marian mission - A Moment with Mary




* May 17 – Ville-Marie (Mary’s City), the original Montreal, founded in 1642 by Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve (d. 1676)  * Montreal, Canada: a Marian mission ----- A Moment with Mary --
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May 17 – Ville-Marie (Mary’s City), the original Montreal, founded in 1642 by Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve (d. 1676) 

Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve (15 fév...
Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve (15 février 1612 - 9 septembre 1676) était un officier français. On lui doit la fondation de la ville de Montréal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Montreal, Canada: a Marian mission


The Statue of Mary that
opened her eyes in 1888
[From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]
Ville-Marie is now a district of the city of Montreal, Canada. The name Ville-Marie comes from the city’s origins as a ​​Marian city. Its founders, who came from France in the 17th century, devoted themselves to charitable works, beginning with hospitals for the native Indians. They lived an intense Marian spirituality inspired by the French school, which was a spirituality of the Incarnation and union with Jesus through Mary.

These pioneer missionaries actually created a new type of mission because they were lay people who envisioned a unique type of Marian mission. Over a short period, 248 men, 45 women and children left France for the New World. The first travelers reached the island of Montreal on May 17, 1642, the official date of the founding of Ville-Marie. Quite simply, they came there to live a life of prayer and charity.

Today, Canada's principal Marian shrine is that of Our Lady of the Cape in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, dedicated to the Holy Rosary and visited by Saint John Paul II who entrusted Canada to Mary. In fact the city of Montreal still has many churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary, as well as a well-known oratory dedicated to Saint Joseph.

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