December 23, 1771

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249 years ago today, Marguerite d’Youville passed away at the age of 71, surrounded by her companions.

If you take a walk in Old Montreal in the next few days, and take Normand Street, you will notice a glowing cross in one of the windows on the second floor of the former General Hospital. It will show you in which room Mother d’Youville died on December 23, 1771.

Source: Gouache on cardboard, by Sister Flore Barrette, s.g.m., 1952, 65.5 cm x 89.6 cm, Grey Nuns of Montreal Collections, 1973.D.011