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Catholic Hospitals Digital History Books Collection

Documenting the legacy and contribution of the
Congregations of Religious Women in Canada,
their mission in health care, and the founding and operation of Catholic hospitals.

Catholic Hospital History Books Masthead

Books/booklets already digitized (updated: January, 2017)

Acknowledging the help I received from others
Chronologie de I'établissement des hôpitaux canadiens tenus par des communautés religieuses: 1639-1945
Catholic Hospitals in Canada: A Summary
British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba
Ontario Quebec New Brunswick Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island Newfoundland North West Territories Yukon
Canadian & Regional Congregations of Religious Women    
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Recent Additions to the Collection

St Josephs Hospital Sudbury Sudbury, Ont. - Hôpital St-Joseph’s Hospital, Sudbury, Ontario: Jubile d'or ~ Golden Jubilee 1896-1946 (76 pages with illustraitons) bilingual. 1946.
Westlock AB Westlock, AB - Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul: Immaculata Hospital, Westlock, Alberta 50th Anniversary 1927-1977 (21 pages with illustrations) 1977.
St Johns St Clare Mery Hospital St. John's, NF - The Mustard Seed: The Story of St. Clare's Mercy Hospital, by Kathrine E. Bellamy, RSM (221 pages with illustrations) © Copyright 2010 by Kathrine E. Bellamy, RSM. Used with permission.
St. Mary's Hospital, New Westminster New Westminster, BC - The Life and Destruction of Saint Mary's Hospital, by Jaimie McEvoy (272 pages with illustrations) © Copyright 2008 Saint Mary’s Health Foundation. Used with permission.
Hotel-Dieu Levis Lévis, QC - Une belle histoire : Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis 1892-1992, by Michel Lessard (127 pages with illustrations) 1992.


Scope of the digital project

Another aspect of the The Great Canadian Catholic Hospital History Project is to create a digital record of all books and/or booklets that were created to celebrate Catholic hospitals and/or Catholic nursing schools.

These historical resources can be in the form of:

  • a souvenir booklet printed for the opening ceremonies;
  • a booklet celebrating the 25th or 50th, even 90th, year of operation;
  • a book written about the history of the hospital;
  • a chapter about a Catholic hospital that appears in a larger book on the community in which the hospital is situated.

What you can do to help
Are you aware of any such books/booklets on the history of Catholic hospital or Catholic nursing schools in Canada?
The Great Canadian Catholic Hospital History Project is interested in obtaining a digital record of any such books or booklets.

The digital format that will be used for this project is a PDF file created by Acrobat Distiller. For books that have already been printed PDF files are usually created by scanning each page of the material.

Copyright - Many of the books and booklets within the scope of this project are not copyrighted and are in the public domain. However, should a book or booklet have a valid copyright, the project will seek to obtain permission to transfer the material into a digital format. In some instances every attempt to find the copyright holder(s) has been made to no avail. In these rare cases the book is made available here online with the notation "copyright permission sought but not found."

How to send materials

By Mail:
Original documents will be scanned and returned promptly to the original sender unless it is stipulated that the project can keep the material.
Catholic Hospital History Project, c/o Greg Humbert, 1389 Tomiko Rd., Crystal Falls, ON P0H 1L0

By E-Mail: Greg J. Humbert -
If you have the capability to scan documents yourself, the project will accept a PDF file of the book or booklet. We will also seek copyright permission for any material that requires it, before using the material in its entirety.

British Columbia Catholic Hospitals

Alberta Catholic Hospitals

Saskatchewan Catholic Hospitals

Manitoba Catholic Hospitals

Ontario Catholic Hospitals

Quebec Catholic Hospitals

New Brunswick Catholic Hospitals

Nova Scotia Catholic Hospitals

Prince Edward Island Catholic Hospitals

Newfoundland Catholic Hospitals

North West Territories Catholic Hospitals


Canadian & Regional

Congregations of Religious Women

Les Augustines de la Miséricorde de Jésus

Congregations of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Franciscan Sisters of St. Elizabeth

Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception Pembroke, Ontario

Misericordia Sisters

Ordre Hospitalier de Saint-Jean-de-Dieu

Religious Hospitallers of Saint-Joseph

Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception

Sisters of Charity of Montreal "Grey Nuns"

Sisters of Providence

Sisters of St. Ann


Send all inquiries or information to Greg J. Humbert -
Catholic Hospital History Project, c/o Greg Humbert, 1389 Tomiko Rd., Crystal Falls, ON P0H 1L0