The Sisters of Our Lady of Seven Dolors
The Sisters of Our Lady of Seven Dolors are a unique congregation in Canada. Its ministry is for deaf persons in collaboration with the Sisters of Providence. Founded in 1887 within the Institut des Sourdes-Muettes de Montréal (Institution for the Deaf-mute Girls of Montreal), this religious community has allowed deaf women to live their call to consecrated life, united with Our Mother of Sorrows in the mystery of her compassion. They are inspired by St. Francis de Sales, patron of the deaf.
This small congregation has had a significant impact on the lives of thousands of deaf persons who passed through the Institution for the Deaf-mute Girls. Since the closure of the Institution in 1976 and the Congregation moving to Cartierville, northern Montreal, the sisters continue their ministry of service to deaf persons, wherever these are located.