Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bonjour, Mes Amis

Greetings from Québec City!

After sleeping in and enjoying a late breakfast at the rotating rooftop restaurant of our hotel, we began our walking tour.  We first took a stroll around Québec's Parliament building.

And then it was through the gate and into the old city.


We visited the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Québec, where we were able to pray at the tomb of Blessed François de Laval (1623-1708), the first archbishop of Québec.

We then headed down to the "lower city" neighborhood known as Petit-Champlain, were we stopped at the church of Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, built (1687-1723) on the site of Samuel de Champlain's first settlement (1608).

It's hard to see them in the shadows, but those are my partners in crime coming out of the church: Fr. Scott Seymour and Fr. Mike Monette.

After a little snack by the St. Lawrence, it was back up the hill where we visited the chapel of the Ursuline Sisters, who were among the first missionaries here in New France.  There, I prayed at the tomb of Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation (1599-1672), the foundress of the Ursulines in Québec--remembering, of course, the dear Ursuline Sisters who continue to serve so faithfully in Malone.


(Now, before the Grey Nuns of Malone get jealous...we were going to visit the tomb of their foundress, St. Marguerite D'Youville, on our trip north yesterday...but a wrong term landed us in Montréal instead of Varennes, and so we paid our respects to Br. André instead!)

And now, off for some dinner...

1 comment:

muffin24 said...

lol love that picture of you standing behind that.