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The Sisters of St. Ann

 
 
The Sisters of St. Ann Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
1. The Sisters of St. Ann Marker
Inscription. In 1850, Marie Esther Blondin, now known as Blessed Marie Anne Blondin founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Ann, a Roman Catholic religious order dedicated to education and nursing in Lachine, Quebec.

Bishop Modeste Demers of Victoria went to the Sisters of St. Ann in Quebec to recruit volunteers to educate children. Her returned via Panama with Sister Mary Conception, Sister Mary Angèle, Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart, and Sister Mary Lumena.

On June 5, 1858, the Bishop and Sisters sailed into Victoria harbour, expecting to see a simple trading post of two-dozen log cabins. Instead, they found a gateway to the gold rush – a town of two hundred buildings surrounded by a sea of tents. Two days later they began their first classed in the schoolhouse. Other Sisters followed and the order established a network of schools and hospitals throughout the region as far as Alaska and Yukon.

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Composite of P0023,P0018, P0024 and P0025, Sisters of St. Ann Archives
 
Location. 48° 25.164′ N, 123° 22.018′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Douglas Street and Belleville Street. Click for map. This marker is located in Thunderbird

The Sisters of St. Ann Marker and School image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
2. The Sisters of St. Ann Marker and School
Park, near the Royal British Columbia Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Victoria, British Columbia V8W, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Ann’s Schoolhouse (here, next to this marker); Dr John Sebastian Helmcken (here, next to this marker); Elliot Street Square (here, next to this marker); St. Ann’s Pioneer Schoolhouse (a few steps from this marker); Doctor John Sebastian Helmcken (a few steps from this marker); Log Cabin to Victorian Parlour (a few steps from this marker); Sir James Douglas (a few steps from this marker); Cecilia Helmcken (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Victoria.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 733 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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