The Centre Catherine-de-Saint-Augustin will continue to be a place of pilgrimage dedicated to the spirituality and memory of this Augustinian sister.

Her story

Born in France in 1632, Catherine de Longpré began her novitiate with the Hospitallers of Bayeux on October 24, 1646 and took the name Catherine de Saint-Augustin. She arrived in Quebec in 1648 and joined the community already at work since 1639. Completely devoted to her mission in New France, she was a nurse and oversaw one of the expansions of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec. She devoted her life to serving the poor and the sick until her death in 1668.

An inspirational woman

Catherine de Saint-Augustin has always played a central role in the Augustinian sisters’ spirituality, and her heroic acts of charity continue to inspire them. Her work is also universally recognized. In 1989, she was beatified and proclaimed Blessed by Pope John Paul II. She is also considered to be a co-founder of the Catholic Church in Canada.

A place in her honour

Le Centre Catherine-de-Saint-Augustin, which was entrusted to the Augustinian sisters, welcomes visitors from all cultures and beliefs who want to learn more about the life of the blessed, and reflect before the shrine where her bones are preserved.

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Created in 1717 by artist Noël Levasseur, the shrine and its tomb house the remains of the blessed Catherine de Saint-Augustin.

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