Other Publications

The Québec Religious Heritage Council has contributed to several publications helping to develop a deepen knowledge on religious heritage. Find out here.

Guide des bonnes pratiques pour favoriser l'accessibilité des lieux de culte

This guide aims to promote the accessibility of places of worship by providing the actors responsible for their cultural vitality. It supports the goal of raising public awareness of the richness of the religious heritage by promoting its appropriation and it focuses on an opening in all simplicity, to encourage new implications, especially communitarian, in a context where the religious heritage gains interest in the touristic and cultural plan.

The publication of this guide is an initiative that originated at a coffee-discussion held on March 16, 2018 in Montreal, at the instigation of the Religious Heritage Table of Montreal of the Council of Religious Heritage of Quebec, in the continuity of the publication of the Ulysse Montréal travel guide, a religious heritage to discover. It was possible thanks to the rich contribution of the coffee-discussion participants, who also supported the name "Accès patrimoine religieux Montréal" to gather the group initiatives expected for the future.

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral, Nicolet

Loin de passer inaperçue dans le paysage bâti de Nicolet, la cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste est principalement reconnue pour son architecture singulière issue du courant moderne. Considérée comme la première cathédrale du Québec à exhiber une esthétique aussi audacieuse, cette dernière se démarque principalement par les lignes dynamiques de sa toiture.

Ce joyau du patrimoine moderne québécois fait ici l'objet d'une activité synthèse du DESS en architecture moderne et patrimoine de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) réalisée par Sophie Lamarche, consultante en patrimoine, dans le cadre d'un stage au Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec.

Guide to access to the archives of religious communities

This guide produced by the Archives Committee of the Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec with the financial support of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, addresses the major issues surrounding the rights and duties of archivists, institutes and researchers towards the archival heritage of religious communities, custodians of unique and tangible heritage.It aims to equip peers already trained in the multiple tasks inherent in the management of active, intermediate and definitive archives, and to make researchers aware of the context in which archivists must work.

Brief submitted by the CPRQ (2016)

The Québec Religious Heritage Council (CPRQ) wishes to contribute to the development of the future cultural policy of Quebec by sharing its experience and his eyes sharpened by 20 years of involvement in partnership with the Québec government and local communities. The vision of the CPRQ on religious heritage is based on a strengthening of this partnership and redeployment of financial and professional resources to support not only the protection and the enhancement of religious heritage, but also its reappropriation and management by the local communities. The current context, analyzed with rigor but concern by the CPRQ, is calling for new strategies and best organized implications.

Archives Moving Guide

A new addition to the Quebec archival literature the Guide de déménagement d'un dépôt d'archives consists of 16 topical sections corresponding to different stages of the moving process; from choosing a location to house the archives through to opening the new facility for operation. The guide includes a number of useful appendixes: a checklist, a glossary of terms, a bibliography and resources.

Produced by the Archives Committee of the Québec Religious Heritage Council, through the financial support of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, this guide was launched on April 15th, 2016 during the 4th Conference of Religious Archives.

20 years of action. A unifying course

20 ans d'action. Un parcours rassembleur (French only)

This publication presents a unique look back at 20 years of existence of the Quebec Religious Heritage Council. Designed in the image of this unifying organization, the publication brings together many testimonies and collaborations on the evolution of an unprecedented experience: that of an organization that acts as site manager of an exceptional heritage issue.

Our Churches. A Heritage to Convert

Faced with the uncertain future of the religious heritage, a concern must underpin the reflection process : the planned actions have to meet the community's real needs while preserving these identitary property.

Economic Impact Study of Aid for Restoration of Religious Heritage

The Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine has for over 15 years provided support for our religious heritage through substantial financial assistance for restoration of religious buildings and works of art, as well as for consulting services and activities to mobilize communities in all regions of the province. Restoration activities have contributed, over the years, not only to ensure the preservation and enhancement of Quebec’s rich religious heritage but also to create significant repercussions on economic, professional, cultural and regional aspects.

Comparative Study of the Religious Heritage Issue in Twelve Urban Areas

This report presents an overview of religious heritage conservation in twelve urban areas in North America, Europe, and Australia. The cases in this survey were chosen by Héritage Montréal and its partners (Québec Religious Heritage Foundation and Groupe Secor) for their comparability with Montreal in terms of demography and relevant heritage experience. This study looks at the current state of religious heritage, focusing on places of worship and their historical roots and features, as well as applicable national and local legal and administrative frameworks. It also examines current concerns, thinking, actions and exemplary practices that could apply to Montreal. 

Offer Guided Tours in a Place of Worship. Accompanying Booklet for the Responsables and the Guides.

Scattered throughout Montreal’s neighbourhoods are places of worship  that are wonders to behold and that reflect the city’s history and cultural diversity. They’re attracting more and more attention from people and prompting parishes and congregations to think about how they can better receive visitors and interpret the building’s history. It's not always easy to tell the story behind an inscription, a marquee, a stained-glass window, a painted vault, or an ornament atop a steeple, but such story telling can enhance not only the building’s value, but also all of our heritage. It is in this spirit that the guide is offered to officials of places of worship and to citizens so that they can, with the help of sound advice and concrete examples, better share the pleasure of knowing our heritage.

Activity Report. Inventory of Places of Worship in Quebec

In 2003, the Québec Religious Heritage Foundation undertook a vast inventory of places of worship in Quebec. This inventory now provides a overall view on places of worship in Quebec, highlighting the properties of great heritage value, and offering a knowledge tool for successful restorations interventions preserving patrimonial interest. It will also greatly helpful for dissemination about this religious heritage to the citizens of Quebec and an assist in developing cultural touristic projects.

Summary Report. Historical Summary and Heritage Assessment of Montreal Convents

This study aims to identify significant heritage properties of religious orders in Montreal. The buildings have been carefully selected to represent key centres of  religious orders in the city: mother houses, generalate houses, provincial houses, monasteries, convents, etc.

For the Preservation of the Modern Religious Heritage

Already in its strategic plan (1999-2002), the  Québec Religious Heritage Foundation has shown its concern for the modern heritage and for the extension of existing programs to save the most striking features of this heritage.

For this purpose, the  Québec Religious Heritage Foundation formed an expert advisory committee in December 2000 and mandated it to make a proposal to the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec with a view to ensuring protection of our modern religious heritage.