Chapter: Challenges and Hardships

Statue of the Immaculate Conception

"This isn't the paper mâché you learned in school"
1848 Grey Nuns handmade paper mâché statue of Virgin Mary-Immaculate Conception Immaculate Conception statue


Sister Eulalie Lagrave, one of the first Grey Nuns at Red River, and Sister Scholastique Gosselin made this statue of the Virgin Mary-Immaculate Conception in 1848.

It was made of papier mâché according to a technique they learned at the Grey Nun’s studio in Montréal. This unique work of art was saved from the fire which destroyed the St. Boniface Cathedral in 1860.