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In this section we are proud to present a passionate woman, Emilie Tavernier Gamelin.

She was born in Montreal, Quebec (Canada) February 19, 1800.

She grew up to become a lovely woman of her time, enjoying life and her environment.

At first life was good.

She married a man she loved and had three children.


Blessed Emilie Gamelin
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You can shake her hand at the Berri Metro Station, corner of St. Catherine Street, Montreal.

Serving the poor became her passion, to the point where at the age of 42, this charitable widow, still not a religious, made the vow to remain celibate and to serve the poor till her death to the extent of her capabilities.

The following year, in 1843, the Community of the Sisters of Providence was born. Emilie responded to God's call. The community grew for the benefit of the poor. Since then over 6000 women have committed themselves to pursue her mission of compassion.



We have had the joy of seeing Emilie, our foundress, beatified in Rome on October 7, 2001.

Yannick Fréchette, who's miraculous healing, made Emilie Gamelin's beatification possible.
Framed picture of blessed Emilie Gamelin hanging over the entrance of St. Peter's in Rome.

A group of sisters attending the beatification.