Who are we?
Le Monastère des Augustines is a haven of heritage, culture and wellness. It is located in the historic wings of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery, from which emerged the first hospital on the continent north of Mexico. Le Monastère is a non-profit organization with charitable status.
Through its cultural and social vocation, Le Monastère des Augustines witnesses to the way of life, as well as the social and spiritual works of the Augustinian Sisters in this country. Inspired by the fervour and compassion that motivated the sisters, it continues to function as a place of welcome, hospitality, memory, rest and renewal.
Find renewal in the heart of history
We are committed to offering our visitors of all cultures and spiritual horizons a unique experience of journeying toward wellness and of contact with the heritage and memory of the Augustinian Sisters.
Our Board is comprised of experienced professionals from a number of fields who have chosen to support the mission of Le Monastère des Augustines on a volunteer basis.
Chair of the Board
Co-owner, Auberge Saint-Antoine
President and Co-founder, Groupe Conscientia
Robert Jacques Mercure
General Manager, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Retired former General Manager, Musée de la civilisation
Sœur Carmelle Bisson
Director, Centre Catherine-de-Saint-Augustin
CPA,CA, IAS.A, Consultant
Regional Director, Québec ACÉE-CEAA
Our management team ensures that all activities run smoothly and respect the institution’s mission and values. The team also oversees relationships with partners, clients and staff of Le Monastère des Augustines.
“We are committed to making Le Monastère des Augustines one of Quebec City’s leading destinations: a place that, each year, will attract thousands of visitors seeking rest and wellness. This is a wholly attainable goal, given the exceptional heritage value of the site and the quality of what we offer in total health and culture.”
– Isabelle Duchesneau, Executive Director of Le Monastère des Augustines
Johanne Therrien, Director
Finance and Accounting
Julie Germain, Director
Public Programs and Conservation
Josée Laurence, Director
Caroline Maheu, Director
Le Monastère des Augustines offers its guests personalized services in total health. Our approach is holistic, which means it addresses health on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We focus on the development of each person’s inner resources, which we consider integral to their potential.
To ensure high quality and interest in Le Monastère’s programming in total health, we have established an advisory committee made up of professionals from the health and social services and business communities.
Psychologist and Speaker
Editor, Vivre magazine
Dr. Jean Drouin
Physician, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Laval University; Founder, la Clinique d’andropause de Québec; Author and Speaker
Retired, Ex-General Manager, Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Québec-Nord
Speaker, Trainer and President, Maison des Leaders
Our brand image
Our brand image features a key symbol: the olive branch, once used by the Augustinian Sisters as a medicinal plant. The particular olive branch represented in our logo comes from the garden of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery and the herbarium, where it is preserved as one of the artefacts in the Augustinian Sisters’ collections.
The phrase “An adventure within” captures two ways of understanding Le Monastère des Augustines, which is both an adventure in itself and an invitation to visitors to live their own inner journey. And isn’t it also true that the history of the Augustinian Sisters is a great adventure in itself?