Two rows of wooded ornamented chairs. More than forty chairs. Last row chairs have taller arched back with decorative spindle up their back.
The Sisters stalls. David Ouellet (1844-1915). Cherry wood. 1902.


Stalls, the Seat of Prayer

These intricate, decorative wooden seats are stalls. The chairs were built and installed when the chapel was rebuilt, from 1901 to 1902. The choir nuns would sit in these wooden stalls after their procession into the interior chapel. The Mother Superior and her council would take the seats of honor, at the back of the church. Do you know why the side rows face each other? It’s because we sing in turn, using a call-and-response song style.