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Sur une rue bordée d'arbres, une résidence, faite de pierre et de chaux, et sa dépendance, faite de bois, s'érigent derrière une courte palissade. / On a tree-lined street, a stone and lime residence and a wooden outbuilding are being built up behind a low palisade.

Résidence des RR. PP. Jésuites, à Sillery, bâtie en 1637, undated

in Joseph Trudelle, Les Jubilés, églises et chapelles de la ville et de la banlieue de Québec 1608-1901, 1901
Musée de la civilisation, Séminaire de Québec Library, 296.8.3

La maison des Jésuites à Sillery

Converting Amerindians to Christianity, especially nomadic tribes, proved to be quite difficult for Jesuits in New France. Very few Jesuits could have followed them around or endured the constraints placed on their way of life. The idea of grouping these Natives together in one farming village near Quebec City was positively received by several patrons. Not only did those patrons offer money to the priests, they also donated a cove and plots of land to them. The land included about one hundred and thirty acres, for setting up the venture. In 1638, the Maison des Jésuites de Sillery opened its doors and in 1647, the adjoining chapel was blessed and consecrated to Archangel Saint Michael. For the first time in America, nomads adapted to a sedentary lifestyle.