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From: Mona Andrée Rainville <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] Happy 400th Birthday Paul Chomedy de Maisonneuve
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:49:26 -0500
Thank you for this article, Suzanne,
While it is indeed the anniversary of Maisonneuve's birth, it is
unfortunate that Marian Scott, under a tight deadline, pened him as the
sole founder of Ville-Marie. He was in fact a co-founder.
Officially, Jeanne Mance was the other co-founder of the Montreal colony.
Both belonged to the Société Notre-Dame de Montréal, in France, who
actually founded the expedition. Maisonneuve was given the
responsability of all that was "without", and Jeanne Mance of all that
was "within" the fledling community.
In other words, Maisonneuve was the military arm of the colony while
Jeanne Mance was it's administrator. It was moreover Jeanne Mance who
secured the funding necessary to build the hospital around which the
Montrealists settled. Without this focus point it is unlikely the colony
would have remained or that the city of Montreal would have existed at all.
So Happy Birthday to you Mr. de Maisonneuve, but Houray! to you both of
you Jeanne Mance and de Maisonneuve for your vision and stamina which
became my home town, Montréal!
PS: I was at a private viewing, this week, of a new film soon to be
released on the life of Jeanne Mance. It is called " La folle
entreprise: sur les pas de Jeanne Mance ", by Anabel Loyola. It is a
beautifully written - and factual - work of art.
Those of you in the region of Montreal will be given the opportunity to
see this film on March 8, 2012, at the Maison Saint-Gabriel.
Suzanne Sommerville wrote:
> City’s founding full of drama, devotion and miraculous signs
> By Marian Scott, THE GAZETTE February 15, 2012
> MONTREAL – Rome traces its founding to the mythical twins Romulus and Remus.
> Boston, the “City on a Hill,” is proud of the Puritan forefathers who landed there in 1630.
> But the tale of how Montreal was founded beats them all for drama, devotion and miraculous signs.
> As Quebec and France on Wednesday mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of city founder Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, local museums are hoping to get a new generation hooked on Montreal’s heroic early history.
> “This is not a city like any other,” said Jean-François Leclerc, director of the Centre d’histoire de Montréal. It's one of 14 local history museums that launched a website this week in honour of de Maisonneuve, baptized on Feb. 15, 1612 in Neuville-sur-Vanne in Champagne, France.
> Montreal was born as a vision in the minds of a small group of fervent French Catholics who felt God was calling them to found a missionary settlement in the Canadian wilderness.
> A small-town tax collector, Jérôme Le Royer de la Dauversière, and Jean-Jacques Olier, founder of the Sulpician order, recruited Maisonneuve, an aristocrat and career soldier, to head the mission in 1641.
> On May 17, 1642, about 40 settlers arrived in Montreal, which they called Ville Marie. At an inaugural Mass, a priest, Father Vimont, compared the little settlement to a mustard seed.
> “I doubt not but that this little grain may produce a great tree, that it will make wonderful progress some day, that it will multiply itself and stretch out on every side,” he said prophetically.
> It is hard for people today to understand the colonists’ self-sacrifice for a religious ideal, Leclerc said.
> “These are saintly people who were carrying the Catholic faith, who went through hardship in the service of their faith,” he said.
> A boulevard, a CÉGEP, a statue in Place d’Armes and other landmarks commemorate de Maisonneuve, who served the colony selflessly for 24 years. He died in obscurity in Paris after falling out of favour with colonial authorities in France.
> Other anniversary events yet to be announced include visits by officials from Maisonneuve’s birthplace, said André Delisle, director of the Château Ramezay and president of an association of local history museums.
> The history website includes a list of educational programs at local museums: musees-histoire-montreal.ca/en/home
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