A Guide From Above
My Adventure Buddy and I were on our way back from a little tour when I decided to take a right-hand turn onto a quiet side road. Am I ever glad I followed my instincts! Here at The Our Lady of Mercy Convent, home to the Grey Nuns of the Cross and the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame (I dare you to say THAT fast three times over!), you really experience an overwhelming sense of peace and tranquility.
Oh, to know more of the people who walked through this ancient gate so long ago....
In 1845, a group of Grey Nuns arrived in Bytown via Montreal and settled here, in the Our Lady of Mercy Convent just across the bridge in Aylmer, Québec. Under the initial direction of Mother Elizabeth Bruyere, they provided many imperative services to the families in the area. And, as the capital is situated on the borders of two great provinces, both possessing government libraries and museums, Ottawa was destined to become an educational centre. With much focus and drive, between the years of 1878 and 1967, these strong-willed nuns opened almost 40 schools (including the University of Higher Education for Girls), six hospitals, an orphanage and a refuge in Eastern and Northern Ontario.