Sister Jacqueline St-Yves, will accept the degree on behalf of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns) of Montreal, in recognition of the order’s work in healthcare, in the field of education, in spiritual leadership and in community service.
Founded in 1737 by Saint Marguerite d’Youville, the Grey Nuns congregation was established to care for the sick, the orphaned and the poor. It founded such major Montreal institutions as Hôpital Notre-Dame, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont and the Montreal Heart Institute. The nuns’ work in education and health care later took them to the United States, Africa and South America.
Sister St-Yves is currently fulfilling her second five-year mandate as the Grey Nuns’ congregational leader. Sister St-Yves worked in teaching and hospital administration in Manitoba for 32 years before coming to Montreal in 1996, when she was elected Secretary General of the Congregation.