Venerable Élisabeth Bruyère

Venerable Élisabeth BruyèreAlso known as

  • Élisabeth Bruguier


Daughter of Jean Baptiste Charles Bruguier and Sophie Mercier. Joined the Sisters of Charity of the Hôpital Général of Montreal (Grey Nuns) in 1839. With three other Sisters of Charity, she opened the first hospital in Ottawa (then known as Bytown; the hospital later became the Ottawa General Hospital), founded schools, old age homes, orphanages, and opened the first bilingual school in Ontario. In 1854, the community in Bytown became independent of Montreal, Sister Élisabeth served as their leader, and is considered the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa. From 1870 to 2001, the Sisters were responsible for what became the Collège Saint-Joseph de Hull in Gatineau. The Sisters opened houses in Ontario, Quebec and New York state.




MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Élisabeth Bruyère“. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 July 2021. Web. 27 October 2021. <>