Veteran’s Hospital to welcome congregation of nuns
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.