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Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
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Extracts of Matters of Historical Interest from "The Huissier, News For and About the Fortress of Louisbourg Heritage Presentation Staff" By The Fortress of Louisbourg Heritage Presentation Staff
(August 10, 2005)
of Clerical Staff ~ How many Sisters of Notre Dame,
Brothers of Charity, and Recollets were here in 1744? (August 10, 2005),
by Anne Marie Lane Jonah
The answers to all of these questions are to be found in John Johnston’s, “Life and Religion at Louisbourg,” Appendices A, B, and C give the names and service periods of all of the persons religious who served at Louisbourg for whom we have records.
Pg. 92-96. In 1730, the minister of the marine established a subsidy of 1500 livres per year for a convent school with a congregation of three sisters, with Marguerite Roy (soeur de la Conception) as superior. She was replaced in 1733 by Marguerite Trottier (Soeur Saint- Joseph) and two others. Because of the workload of the sisters, their numbers were increased to six in 1734.
Pg 68, In 1716 four brothers of the order of the Brothers of Charity of Saint John of God went to Île Royale with four servants. (pg, 75) By the 1730s, with the new Hospital du roi completed, there were normally five or six brothers serving there. By the Appendix, there could have been as many as ten brothers in Louisbourg in the 1740s.
Pg.30-33. “By the 1730s there were normally four Récollet friars at Louisbourg: a cure (or parish priest) for the civilians and three chaplains to meet the specific needs of the patients at the King’s Hospital and of the soldiers in the Barracks and the Royal Battery.” Notably, these positions correspond with chapels. In the 1750s there was a superior. As well as a number of priests to serve the smaller communities: eg. Baie de Espagnols, Baleine and Lorembec, and Port Toulouse and area, Port la Joie (PEI) and Niganiche, there were also two missionary priests, not Récollet. Typically, what were the duties and the responsibilities of a Sacristan?... of a Prior? This is in reference to religious people employed at the hospital.
A Prieur is like a superior, so it is a priest , brother, or abbot, with an administrative function and spiritual guidance role for an institution.
A Sacristain is the person responsible for the sacristie, the care and running of the church; so for an order with many potential celebrants of the mass, it would be the one, or ones who take(s) that function.