Other Publications

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

A sector in danger

Memory deposited by the Archives Committee of the Quebec Religious Heritage Council as part of the consultation of the Québec archival community on the revision of the Archives Act (January 15, 2021)

The Archives Committee of the Quebec Religious Heritage Council wishes to contribute to the revision of the Archives Act by focusing its concerns on religious archives. Although private, these are of national and public interest because of their seniority and their participation in civil society over a period of more than 300 years. They precede, so to speak, the public archives from the Quiet Revolution and are essential for recognizing the different facets linked to the place of women and men who abandoned their personal lives in favor of service to the community, both in health. , in education than in community and social action, but also in arts and sciences.


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.

Brief submitted by the CPRQ

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.

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.

L’église Notre-Dame-des-Champs de Repentigny

Construite en 1962-1963 dans un quartier résidentiel de banlieue, l’église Notre-Dame-des-Champs est un objet singulier dans l’œuvre de Roger D’Astous, l’un des architectes les plus créatifs et talentueux que le Québec ait connus, mais aussi dans l’ensemble de la production architecturale de lieux de culte au Québec. Ses formes suscitent toutes sortes d’interprétations allant de la lyre du roi David à une coque de navire en passant par une burette ou encore des mains jointes en prière. Elle est également comparée, plus familièrement cette fois-ci, à une sacoche.

Ce bâtiment exceptionnel 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 Jonathan Ouellette dans le cadre d'un stage au Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec.

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. 

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.