Montreal, Monday, October 23, 2013.- The Écomusée du fier monde and the Centre St-Pierre present the exhibition Audacity and perseverance: the legacy of the Oblates O.M.I. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate make up one of the most important religious communities in the country. They have contributed to the development of Canadian society in a significant way. The exhibition focuses on their actions in Montreal and Ottawa, two large cities where the community is well established. Discover the history of the Oblates and the vibrant legacy they have left behind. The exhibition is on display from October 24, 2013 to March 2, 2014 at the Écomusée du fier monde.

<strong><em>Dinner for the poor, basement of Saint-Pierre Apôtre church, </em> 1941.</strong><br />Provincial archives of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Richelieu
Dinner for the poor, basement of Saint-Pierre Apôtre church, 1941.
Provincial archives of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Richelieu
Saint-Pierre Apôtre and Montreal

In Montreal, we take up the path of the Oblates in Saint-Pierre Apôtre. The missionaries arrived in 1848 and established a new parish endeavour alongside an underprivileged working-class population. To this day, the Saint-Pierre Apôtre and Sainte-Brigide Christian community distinguishes itself through its openness toward outcasts and toward the gay community. The Centre St-Pierre likewise carries on their legacy.

Saint Paul University and Ottawa

In Ottawa, the Oblates played a major role in the construction of the diocese and in the growth of a small town, the future capital of Canada. The community invested itself in numerous fields, in order to maintain the vitality of the Catholic Church while also playing a significant role in the defense of the French language. One of the great lasting achievements of the Oblates is an educational endeavour that continues to this day through the University of Ottawa, and above all through Saint Paul University.

Legacy of the Oblates

Photographs, archival documents and objects bear witness to the history of the community. Photographs of buildings, people and activities reveal its everyday life. Come uncover a facet of the history of both Montreal and Ottawa. Oblate crosses and statues will be displayed, as well as trophies won by sports teams at Saint Paul University and Marist textbooks used at the Saint-Pierre school.

The project Audacity and perseverance: the legacy of the Oblates O.M.I. was made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Museums Assistance Program through the Department of Canadian Heritage. This project also benefits from the financial support of the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Ville de Montréal as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.

Écomusée du fier monde
2050 Amherst Street
Corner Ontario
Berri-UQAM Metro Station

Opening Hours
Wednesday: 11 am to 8 pm
Thursday/Friday: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Saturday/Sunday: 10:30 am to 5 pm

Admission Fees
Adult: $8
Student/senior/child over 6: $6
Family (2 adults, 3 children): $16

Information: 514 528-8444 |

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Photographs and interviews available on demand.

Information: Marie-Josée Lemaire-Caplette | 514 528-8444 |
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