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Le Couvent Saint-Joseph et les religieuses de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame

Saint Joseph's Convent and the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame

 
 
Le Couvent Saint-Joseph /<br>Saint Joseph's Convent Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2019
1. Le Couvent Saint-Joseph /
Saint Joseph's Convent Marker
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Français:
Le Couvent Saint-Joseph a la particularité d'avoir été le premier couvent-école dans une paroisse acadienne à l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard et au Nouveau-Brunswick. Ouvert en 1864, et agrandi en 1922, il est placé sous la direction des religieuses de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame. En 1866, environ 90 filles fréquentent les classes du couvent où elles étudient l'anglais, le français, la géographie, l'histoire, l'éducation, la grammaire, ainsi que la musique et la broderie. Maison d'enseignement bilingue, devenue école publique en 1902, le couvent offre un programme d'étude de qualité. À partir de 1914, les jeunes garçons peuvent fréquenter les classes du couvent. En plus de leur apport à l'éducation, les religieuses contribuent largement à la vie religieuse et culturelle de la paroisse. Entre 1864 et sa fermeture en 1984, le couvent a accueilli quelque 130 religieuses.

English:
Saint Joseph's Convent, under the leadership of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, had the distinction of being the first convent school in an Acadian parish in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.
Marker detail: Photo of the convent taken around 1880 image. Click for full size.
Collection Musée Acadien
2. Marker detail: Photo of the convent taken around 1880
Une photo du couvent prise vers 1880. On aperçoit le jardin potager situé devant l'édifice.

A photo of the convent taken around 1880. Notice the vegetable garden in the front yard.
It was opened in 1864 and expanded in 1922. In 1866, approximately 90 girls attended classes at the convent where they studied English, French, geography, history, education, grammar, music and embroidery. This bilingual educational institution, which became a public school in 1902, provided quality education to its students. From 1914, boys were allowed to attend classes at the convent. In addition to their contribution to education, the Sisters significantly contributed to the religious and cultural life of the parish. By the time the convent closed in 1984, it had been the home of approximately 130 Sisters.
 
Location. 46° 25.995′ N, 63° 51.992′ W. Marker is in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island, in Prince County. Marker can be reached from Lady Slipper Drive North (Prince Edward Island Route 12) 0.1 kilometers north of Main Drive East (Veteran's Memorial Highway) (Prince Edward Island Route 2), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located on the north side of the Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church parking lot, overlooking Saint Joseph's Convent. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Lady Slipper Drive North, Miscouche, Prince Edward Island C0B 1T0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. La Convention nationale des Acadiens de 1884 (a few steps from this marker); Les Acadiens de la baie de Malpèque (within shouting distance of this
Marker detail: The Acadian Sisters of the Miscouche Convent In 1964 image. Click for full size.
Collection Marie L. Arsenault, c.n.d.
3. Marker detail: The Acadian Sisters of the Miscouche Convent In 1964
Les religieuses acadiennes du couvent de Miscouche en 1964.
marker); L'Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste (within shouting distance of this marker); La Fanfare de Miscouche (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); L'économie (about 90 meters away); L'évolution du village de Miscouche (about 90 meters away); La fondation de Miscouche (about 90 meters away); Les Dix Conventions Nationales Acadiennes (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miscouche.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Village of Miscouche
 
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1. Saint Joseph's Convent (Miscouche Villa). In 1884, St. Joseph's Convent hosted the Miscouche Convention which attracted speakers and 5,000 members of the Acadian community from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. A celebration of Acadian culture and identity, many topics were discussed including curbing outmigration and the promotion of the French language. Important outcomes of the convention were the selection of the Acadian flag, motto and anthem "Ava Stella Maris". (Submitted on November 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Miscouche Convent School
Le Couvent Saint-Joseph Marker<br>(<i>wide view • Saint Joseph's Convent in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2019
4. Le Couvent Saint-Joseph Marker
(wide view • Saint Joseph's Convent in background)
. Students in the area had been receiving French instruction since the 1830's. An amendment to the School Act in 1854 required teachers to provide English instruction in reading, writing and arithmetic. The Convent School was not restricted to Acadians and took in some resident pupils. It relied solely on public support and tuition fees. (Submitted on November 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 11, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4. submitted on November 11, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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