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Following in Émilie’s Footsteps

Émilie Tavernier-Gamelin founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence in Montreal in 1843. Friend of the poor and “angel of political prisoners,” this committed lay woman, who would later become a sister, left a lasting social footprint on our society.

Since 1843, the Sisters of Providence have followed in Émilie’s footsteps to help the poor, sick, and marginalized. Inspired by Émilie’s message of compassion, volunteers, collaborators, lay friends, and associates take part in the Providence mission.

Paintings and monuments depicting Émilie Tavernier-Gamelin, and public places, buildings, streets and halls named after her can be found in several places where the Sisters of Providence have been.

In 2014, the documentary “Les Discrètes” revealed to the general public the worldwide presence of the Sisters of Providence, women of all ages and health conditions.

Today, intercommunity exhibits, volunteer commitments with community organizations and the community’s presence on social media make it possible to learn more about Émilie Tavernier-Gamelin, her legacy and the Congregation.

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