Francophone Women and Religious Orders Before 1940

CATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940

illes de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus (Faithful Companions of Jesus)  Filles de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus (Faithful Companions of Jesus)

BEAUMONT CATHOLIC PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 741

Location:  Section 27, Township 50, Range 24, W 4 Meridian, Beaumont, AB.

This school district was organized September 9, 1902.  The preliminary list in this section identifies the names of 8 Filles de Jésus who taught in the Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 before 1940.

Soeur Alberta Marie (Germaine Boisvert)

  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1947-1957)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1932-1936), and Plamondon S.D. No. 2696 (1937-1939)
  • Soeur Elizabeth Marie (M. Morvan)
  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1937-1942)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1930-1935)
  • Soeur Marie Solange de Jésus (Jeanne Jan)
  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1957-1958)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1939-1943)
  • Soeur  Marie St. Osmanne (M.A. Guillemot)  Brevet élémentaire de France
  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1932-1936)
  • Also taught at Mission de Lac la Biche (1937-1938), and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (1939-1940)

Soeur  Marie Ste. Tharcienne (M.L. Bonneur)

  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1946-1948)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1936-1938), and Couvent de Notre Dame Morinville (1904-1938)

Soeur Marie Ste Winnifred (Helen Fortier)

  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1943-1946)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1912-1930), Couvent de Notre Dame, Morinville (1936), and Plamondon S.D. No. 2696 (1936-1939)

Soeur R. Tellier (Rebecca Tellier)

  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1932-1936)
  • Soeur Ste. Célina-Marie  Educated in Morinville, AB
  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1932-1945)

Next: Part 3 of:  Filles de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus

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Franco-Albertan Catholic Women With Religious Orders

CATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940

Franco-Albertan Catholic Women With Religious Orders before 1940PART II

The list below provides links to 18 rural bilingual school districts in Alberta where 164 Catholic nuns belonging to 7 different religious orders taught school before 1940.

Filles de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus (Faithful Companions of Jesus)

  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (Beaumont, AB)
  • Plamondon S.D. No. 2696 (Plamondon, AB)
  • St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (Pincher Creek, AB)
  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (Morinville, AB)

Filles de la Sagesse (Daughters of Wisdom)

  • North Red Deer Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 17 (Red Deer, AB)

Soeurs de l’Assomption de la Sainte-Vierge Marie de Nicolet (Sisters of the Assumption of Holy Mary of Nicolet)

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (St.Vincent, AB)
  • Bonnyville S.D. No. 2665 (Bonnyville, AB)
  • St. Paul S.D. No. 2228 (St. Paul, AB)

Sœurs de la Charité d’Évron (Sisters of Charity of our Lady of Evron)

  • Bonnyville S.D. No. 2665 (Bonnyville, AB)
  • Pontmain Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 20 (Trochu, AB)

Sœurs de la Ste. Croix (Sisters of the Holy Cross)

  • Donnelly Consolidated S.D. No. 66 (Donnelly, AB)
  • Falher Consolidated S.D. No. 69 (Falher, AB)
  • Lafond S.D. No. 3304 (Lafond, AB)
  • St. Aubin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 24 (Chauvin, AB)
  • Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Separate S.D. No. 28 (Fort Kent, AB)

Sœurs de la Providence de St. Brieux (Daughters of Providence)

  • Guy Roman Catholic Separate S.D. No. 30 (Guy, AB)
  • St. Martin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 16 (Vegreville, AB)

Sœurs Grises ou Soeurs de la Charité de Montréal (Grey Nuns or Sisters of Charity of Montreal)

  • Legal S.D. No. 847 (Legal, AB)

Next: Filles de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus (Faithful Companions of Jesus) Part 1

Francophone Women in Religious Orders

CATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940: PART I

francophone women The linguistic and cultural survival of French Canadian communities in Western Canada depended on the establishment and maintenance of educational institutions such as colleges and convents.  The Catholic nuns played a major role in reinforcing the sense of French Canadian national identity in French-speaking communities.  Yet, the majority of the teaching sisters and their experiences remain unknown.  The purpose of this article is to identify the names of Catholic nuns who taught in bilingual school districts in Alberta before 1940.  Hopefully, this preliminary work could lead to further investigations on the lives and contributions of these women.

Data sources:  The Rev. Father Joseph Fortier, S.J., the “visiteur des écoles bilingues” inspected rural bilingual school districts in Alberta between 1934 and 1940.1 During that period he completed 390 inspection reports on lay and religious teachers.  His reports contain the names of 129 teaching sisters who taught in 18 different bilingual school districts.  From a study of other archival documents such as school district files, local histories, French newspapers, religious order publications and Chroniques I found the names of an additional 35 teaching sisters who also taught in these bilingual schools before 1940 (an * is placed before the names of these sisters).

The paucity of information on the 164 teaching sisters does not allow one to trace their career paths. However, there are indications that a few of them had long teaching careers in Alberta, and that there was mobility amongst the nuns whose orders had established convents in various Franco-Albertan communities.

The 164 teaching sisters belonged to the following 7 orders or congregations:

Note: This article has been broken up into several parts that will be linked together as each part is released.

References:

1.Mahé, Yvette T.M. (2001) Official and unofficial school inspection as hegemonic and counter-hegemonic struggle in Prairie Districts before 1940. Canadian Ethnic Studies/Études ethniques au Canada.  33 (2), 31-52.