Tomb of Mary of the Incarnation

The oratory, housing Marie of the Incarnation’s tomb, was built in what used to be St. Angela’s chapel built in 1871 for the boarders. Transformed over the years, this space became an oratory for the remains of Mary of the Incarnation in 1964. The memorial, as it stands today, was inaugurated in 1972 for the 300th anniversary of the death of Mary of the Incarnation.


* The video you will see is a reduced version of the 3D model. The image quality is compressed to suit most devices.

Map - Ground floor

The tomb of the Mary of the Incarnation highlighted on a floor plan map.


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From the outer chapel, we enter the oratory of Mary of the Incarnation’s tomb.
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This memorial and place of recollection was built in honor of Mary of the Incarnation, foundress of this monastery and of the Ursulines of the Canadian Union.
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In the center of the room is the tomb beneath which lie the remains of Mary of the Incarnation. This heavy black granite structure, decorated with gilded wood, was completed for the 300th anniversary of her death in 1972.
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Step back. On our right, we observe the first stained-glass window.
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Then a widow and mother of a young boy, Marie Guyart entered the Ursulines of Tours, in France. She took the name of Mary of the Incarnation. One day, she had a vision of Jesus showing her a land of hope. Later, she went to Canada to build a monastery and teach young native girls. This stained glass illustrates this call.
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Move to the left of the first stained-glass window. We have a second one.
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This stained-glass window presents Mary of the Incarnation’s mission: to educate and evangelize the little native girls. By learning four native languages, she adapted to different cultures. As we see here, she often taught outside, specifically under a large ash tree.
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We turn to the right and move towards the grill. With our back to the grill, we look up.
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This bronze statue of Mary of the Incarnation holding a church in her arms is actually a copy. The original adorns the front of the Quebec Parliament building.
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We lower our gaze. We leave the oratory to go to the inner chapel.