Blessed Émilie Tavernier-Gamelin

Émilie Tavernier was born in Montreal, Canada, on February 19, 1800. She is the youngest of 15 children.

When her brother was widowed, Emilie who was 18 years old at the time went to help him out without any thought of remuneration, but with one condition, that they set a table that would always be available for the hungry people who came to the door. A table that she lovingly called: “The Table of the King”.

Under her guidance, a new religious community, the Sisters of Providence was formed serving the Church in Montreal. Emilie later joined the community herself and became their Mother Superior. To this day, the Sisters of Providence continue to serve the needs of the poor, the sick, the immigrants and the elderly in Montreal and in communities around the world.


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