Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel and Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum Description
(Local Name: Montréal - Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours and Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum) Montréal's oldest church, the Chapel of Our Lady de Bonsecours, at the end of the street, was rebuilt in its present form in 1772 after a number of fires. It replaced the original wooden building (1657) put up by the founder of the Congrégation-de-Notre-Dame, Margeurite Bourgeoys, canonized in 1982. The church long contained a miraculous little Madonna made of oak and given by the Baron de Fancamp in 1672. It was much venerated by the Congrégation de Notre Dame, and by seafarers, many of whom left offerings to the Virgin. Although today's Madonna is a copy, the offerings, including some model ships, can still be seen
Known as the Sailors' Church, this enchanting chapel derives its name from the sailors who left behind votive lamps in the shape of ships in thanksgiving for safe passage. The restored interior has inspirational paintings of the Virgin Mary, stained-glass windows depicting stations of her life and a variety of icons including a recumbent statue of Marguerite Bourgeoys.
The exterior has been remodeled so many times that little of the original remains; a large statue of the Virgin Mary crowned with an aureole of stars graces the roof of the double-bell tower.
At the east edge of the historic port stands the striking white Tour de l'Horloge. The clock commemorates the sailors and shipmen who died in the world wars
***This was a site I was excited about seeing. I love my husband very much and have always honored his dedication to the sea. Even in our wedding ceremony we made a dedication to all the loves who have been lost to the sea. Everytime my husband leaves I always make certain I tell him "I love him" and to "Be safe and come home to me". I also keep a holy candle lit every day that he is away. He is the love of my life.