The mission of Le Monastère des Augustines

Through its cultural and social mission, Le Monastère des Augustines bears witness to the way of life as well as to the social and spiritual mission of the Augustinian Sisters in this country. Inspired by the fervor and compassion that animated the Sisters, Le Monastère’s mission extends the function of welcome, hospitality, memory and renewal of these founding places.

Cultural mission

Le Monastère des Augustines preserves and enhances the heritage and memory of the Augustinians of Québec for the benefit of the public and future generations. This community of hospitaller women, who arrived in New France in 1639, has been the guardian of exceptional treasures over the years. The Augustinian Sisters have meticulously preserved numerous artifacts, archives and ancient books for centuries. These objects and documents, from the twelve Augustinian monasteries in Québec, are now preserved in our museum reserve and archive centre. Their history traces the evolution of healthcare, agriculture, trade and community life in Québec from the earliest days of the colony. 

Today, Le Monastère makes this heritage accessible through a museum experience that blends in with the historical site’s decor. People can stay and take part in activities at the site of the first hospital North of Mexico in North America. It’s a unique opportunity to rest and rejuvenate through contact with history and immerse yourself in a legacy that spans nearly 400 years.

Take part in the Le Monastère’s mission, one gesture at a time

Le Monastère des Augustines is a social economy enterprise. Its mission is to ensure the continuity of the Augustinian legacy for the benefit of current and future generations. As such, this NPO has an important responsibility for economic viability. As a visitor to Le Monastère, your financial contribution makes a big difference since all surpluses generated by our commercial activities are reinvested in Le Monastère’s mission.

Another way to support Le Monastère’s mission is to make a donation to the Fiducie du patrimoine culturel des Augustines. In fact, all donations made to this social trust are reinvested in the Le Monastère’s mission. It’s a great way to give back!

Social mission

Caring for the sick is the very reason why the first Augustinian Sisters arrived in New France on August 1, 1639. With compassion for human suffering, total respect for individuals as they are, and the ambition to offer care aligned with science, these pioneers courageously spread their values throughout society. In keeping with the work of the Augustinians, Le Monastère supports those who care for those around them and the general population

Our social mission takes the form of solidarity-based services for family caregivers as well as for caregivers from the health and social services network and the community.  These services include: individual or group respite stays, vocation reconnection days, sharing communities, individual support, workshops, support groups and more. We also offer a solidarity rate for those accompanying a sick person who live outside Québec and requires care in Québec City. Our approach to respite, which is “taking care of oneself to better take care of others,” enables people to benefit from a restful experience that promotes personal and collective well-being.

Two ways to contribute to the mission of Le Monastère des Augustines

As an individual or organization visiting Le Monastère


This person or group of persons encourages Le Monastère by participating in its commercial activities.


Surpluses are reinvested in the mission of Le Monastère des Augustines.

As an individual or organization making a donation to support our mission


This person or group of people chooses to make a donation to the Fiducie du patrimoine culturel des Augustines.


All donations are reinvested in the mission of Le Monastère des Augustines.

The public benefits from the legacy of the Augustinian Sisters’ heritage

Made accessible by Le Monastère and preserved for future generations. 

What’s more, family caregivers, healthcare providers and companions of the sick receive respite and support from Le Monastère at a solidarity rate.

Whatever the nature of your contribution to the great and beautiful mission of Le Monastère des Augustines, rest assured that the population will benefit from your contribution!

Sustainable development: A priority at Le Monastère

Since our mission is to preserve the Augustinian legacy for future generations, it goes without saying that sustainability is at the heart of our guiding principles. Discover the practices that have been in place since the beginnings of this collective project. See how you can contribute in your own way!