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In 1737, Marguerite d’Youville founded the Grey Nuns community with three companions: Louise Thaumur de la Source, Catherine Cusson and Catherine Demers. Together, they join their possessions to take in the most destitute members of society.

Together, the Grey Nuns of Montreal will develop over time institutions that are at the heart of Marguerite d’Youville’s social action.

Engagement of Madame d’Youville, Oil on canvas by Sister Flore Barrette, s.g.m., 1929, 175 cm x 236 cm, Collections of the Grey Nuns of Montreal, 1974.A.105
ASGM L082 G-P42a, Motherhouse, Studio, Dinner for the Poor, 1938