The Little Franciscans of Mary
Museum and Heritage Space
Welcoming you : the soul of our history

Previous Exhibitions

Madagascar : Voyage sur l’île heureuse [Voyage to the Island of Happiness]

Curator: Mrs Jeanne d’Arc Brochu in collaboration with Sr Émilienne Boivin
August 6 2011 ‒ April 19 2015 

This exhibition acquainted visitors with the Little Franciscans of Mary mission conducted for over 40 years in Madagascar. Both exotic and unique, the country brims with treasures both large and small.

Visitors were offered an opportunity to plunge into a colourful, joyful setting to explore exceptional fauna and flora, the country’s rich culture and countless hand-crafted artisan products.

The exhibition included a number of artefacts fashioned by Madagascans (basketry, sculptures, musical instruments), numerous objects evoking their lifestyle and daily life (clothing, toys, spices) as well as other relevant island items (fossils, minerals, seashells). From embroidery to music and outdoor markets to fragrances, all Madagascar’s secrets were shared with us!

Reverend Father Ambroise-Martial Fafard

Curator: Mrs Jeanne d’Arc Brochu in collaboration with Sr Émilienne Boivin
June 28 2008 ‒ March 1 2011 

This exhibition illustrated the journey of Curé Ambroise-Martial Fafard to whom is owed the arrival of the Little Franciscans of Mary in Baie-Saint-Paul. A determined, learned individual, he was not only a support figure among his parishioners but also a visionary and entrepreneur.

Visitors were offered an overview of this man’s life, from his birth in l’Islet in 1840 to his death in Baie-Saint-Paul, in August 1899. It included his achievements as a parish priest in both Inverness and Chicoutimi, his trip to Europe and his meeting with the Pope. As the founder of St. Anne Hospice in Baie‑Saint-Paul, he initiated countless municipal services and amenities for town residents.

The exhibition presented archival documents (travel logs, letters), furnishings (sideboard, bed, secretary desk), personal objects (seal, inkwell, medals bar, calling cards) as well as dishes and a symphonion or ancient music box. A testimonial to the Victorian era, the artefacts revealed his lifestyle as well as his accomplishments.