Veteran’s Hos­pi­tal to wel­come con­gre­ga­tion of nuns

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A con­gre­ga­tion of 33 el­der­ly nuns will move in­to Sainte-Anne’s Veteran’s Hos­pi­tal on No­vem­ber 1 while their re­si­dence in Pier­re­fonds is being re­no­va­ted.

Veteran’s hos­pi­tal spo­kes­man An­dré Bou­dreau confir­med the nuns, who will move in next Mon­day, will pay rent to the Re­cei­ver Ge­ne­ral for Ca­na­da in or­der to stay on the hos­pi­tal’s unu­sed but fur­ni­shed 14th floor.

The nuns are from the Congré­ga­tion Notre-Dame de Cha­ri­té du Bon-Pas­teur. Their per­ma­nent home is lo­ca­ted on bou­le­vard Gouin in Pier­re­fonds.

The con­gre­ga­tion is ex­pec­ted to re­main at the hos­pi­tal for up to th­ree months.

“This is real­ly a hu­ma­ni­ta­rian de­ci­sion,” Bou­dreau said, ad­ding, “As te­nants, they will take care of them­selves but the hos­pi­tal will clean the floor and our die­ta­ry ser­vices de­part­ment will pro­vide their meals.” The ar­ran­ge­ment means the nuns, most who are in their 80s or ol­der, will be able stay to­ge­ther while their per­ma­nent re­si­dence un­der­goes urgent ne­ces­sa­ry re­pairs. “They real­ly did not want to be split up in­to smal­ler groups and sent to se­ve­ral dif­ferent places,” Bou­dreau no­ted.

He said the nuns would have use of the hos­pi­tal’s cha­pel but that there are no plans for the nuns to in­ter­act with ve­te­rans li­ving at the hos­pi­tal. The nuns re­main at the hos­pi­tal du­ring the Ch­rist­mas ho­li­day.

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