1986-64 | Roman Catholic church, convent and priests' residence

Roman Catholic church, convent and priests' residence
About 1907
9 x 14 cm
Gift of Paul Édouard Bourque
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Keys to History

The convent at Bouctouche, New Brunswick, was founded in 1880 by Father François-Xavier Joseph Michaud. The architectural style of the building was Second Empire; the chapel, however, was in a neo-gothic style.

The residence was run at first by the nuns of the Charité de Saint-Jean, then by the Sisters of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur, who took over in 1924. The latter played a central role in the Acadian education system.

During its existence, the Bouctouche convent saw some 6,000 students pass through its doors; of those, almost 450 obtained their teaching certificate at the convent.

In 1969, the Bouctouche convent closed its doors.

  • What

    In 1977, after a series of renovations, the doors of this building were thrown open once again, but this time as the home of the Kent Museum.

  • Where

    The order of the Sisters of Charity as well as the nuns of la Charité de Saint-Jean lived and worked in Memramcook, New Brunswick, before moving to the convent at Bouctouche, New Brunswick.

  • When

    In 1996, the convent of l'Immaculée-Conception was designated a historic site by the province of New Brunswick.

  • Who

    The list of graduates of the convent includes Senator Calixte F. Savoie, Antonine Maillet, Marguerite Michaud and many others.