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The founding of Montréal, a mystical project

The founding of Montréal was essentially a mystical project backed by the devout tax collector Jérôme Le Royer de la Dauversière, who instigated the founding of Ville-Marie, later to be known as Montréal, in Canada. Starting in 1630, he claimed that he was touched by mystic graces that asked him to dedicate his life to the poor and to God, which led him to found the congregation of Religious Hospitaliers of St. Joseph of La Flèche. Following a mystic intuition, he undertook the founding of a colony on the Island of Montréal, which he acquired in 1640. Supported by several individuals involved in the French Roman Catholic renewal of the 17th century, such as Jean-Jacques Olier, he created the Société Notre-Dame de Montréal to bring this project to fruition. In 1641, the expedition headed by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance left La Rochelle and founded Ville-Marie on May 17, 1642. Jérôme Le Royer de La Dauversière, who remained in France, was responsible for the financial management of the undertaking.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Jérôme LE Royer de la Dauversière
with Gilles Proulx, columnist for the Journal de Montréal and globetrotter
Who was Jérôme Le Royer de la Dauversière? He never came to Ville-Marie and yet he was behind the founding of Montréal. The arrival of the first colonists of Ville-Marie would not have taken place without him. Le Royer was behind the missionary project that led to the founding of Montréal. Since 1635, he dreamed of a great mission in the heart of America. With this first lecture, Gilles Proulx opens the book about this mysterious individual.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
with Gilles Proulx, columnist for the Journal de Montréal and globetrotter
The people we forget the most often were the religious ones. Is this because of the negligence of instruction? Yet, without them, we would not exist since we owe them our education and, above all, our learning. These individuals include a leading soul called François de Montmorency de Laval, first bishop and the man responsible for the largest archbishopric. In this second lecture, Gilles Proulx presents this great personality: Monseigneur de Laval.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
with Gilles Proulx, columnist for the Journal de Montréal and globetrotter
In this third lecture, Gilles Proulx discusses the unimaginable perseverance of the first missionaries, particularly the Recollets and the Jesuits in Ville-Marie. The first missionaries to come to French America were the Recollets in 1615. The Jesuits arrived in New France in 1625. Following the example set by their patron, St. Ignace, the Jesuits focussed on education, the transmission of knowledge (hygiene, arithmetic, European technologies, etc.)

These lectures take place at the Catherine-Crolo pavilion (Maison Saint-Gabriel), 2146 Place Dublin, Pointe-Saint-Charles, Montréal.

Admission: $15.00 and $10.00 for the Friends of Maison Saint-Gabriel
(Taxes included)

Reservations required: 514 935-8136