On October 25th 2015, a group of WASM members went to a free organ concert at the Grand Seminaire; free concerts for the public are held every Sunday at 3pm in October every year. Those who attended felt the power of the grand organ of the seminary and we recommend that next year, people check this out.
On October 30th 2015, Cathy and Deanne went to see Les Fantomes du Vieux Montreal. Deanne reports, “A very scary time was had. Some of the ‘ghosts’ were really intimidating and truly frightening. However, we did survive to tell our tale.”
On November 4th 2015, a group of 19 WASM members and friends gathered at the Musée des Hospitalières de l’Hôtel Dieu de Montréal at 201 Pine Avenue West to enjoy a one and a half hour guided tour in English conducted by Caroline Grant. They were warmly welcomed by Museum staff and their guide was very well-informed and attentive. During the tour they learned a lot about the beginnings of Montreal and the important role the European French, the Catholic Church, Founder of the Hospital, Jeanne Mance, and the arrival in 1659 of The Hospitallers of St. Joseph, an order of nursing sisters who played such a crucial role in caring for the first settlers. They learned about their struggles, the daily lives of the nuns and about the early evolution of medicine and nursing, which made them all very thankful for modern medical discoveries and treatments!
Afterwards, some members made their way to a nearby cafe for coffee, making it all in all a lovely day. This Museum is definitely worth a visit! They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.