Field Trip Friday : Montreal’s Ville-Marie Cemetery

Ville-Marie cemetery excavation, Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; 2015.
Ville-Marie cemetery excavation, Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; 2015.

On a trip last week to Montreal, Canada I had the opportunity to view the partially excavated cemetery of Ville-Marie which lies beneath the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, the city’s museum of archaeology. What makes this cemetery special is that it is, according to a museum guide, the oldest Catholic cemetery in Canada. The cemetery dates from its first burial in 1643, one year after the settlement’s founding by a French missionary society. There are no extant grave markers; however, the burial register survived listing thirty-eight individuals including Europeans, Natives, as well as those born in the colony.

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Field Trip Friday : That St. Lawrence

The Gulf of St. Lawrence, Prince Edward Island National Park-Greenwich, Prince Edward Island, Canada; 2014.
The Gulf of St. Lawrence, Prince Edward Island National Park-Greenwich, Prince Edward Island, Canada; 2014.

While recently vacationing on Prince Edward Island, Canada, I waded in Gulf of St. Lawrence. The Gulf of St. Lawrence is named for the same saint as St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth. Interestingly, I’ve observed that Frankenmuth locals tend pronounce the name of the church in the English fashion, while visitors use the German pronunciation.

St. Lawrence of Rome was a third century Christian martyr. When asked to turn over the treasures of the church to the government, he brought forward the poor, crippled, and widowed as the church’s treasures. More can be read about the life St. Lawrence at AmericanCatholic.org and Wikipedia.