Today Fr. Stephen and I took a 1.5 hour boat cruise on the St. Laurence river, to get to the island of Grosse-Île. Among other things, it is the resting place of thousands of Irish who died of typhus contracted while making the transatlantic voyage during the Famine of 1845-1850. Fr. Stephen and I prayed the Office for the Dead as we sat on a park bench facing the cemetary.
This is the 3rd time I’ve been to Grosse-Île, and each time a little bit more has been restored. I always find my visit very touching, especially when I see that three of the deceased in 1847 were “John, James, and Mary Dowd”. I can’t help but wonder if they were relatives. While it can’t replace actually going there, please do check out the virtual tour offered by Parks Canada. And if you are ever visiting near Quebec City and do get a chance to go, take it. It really is worth the trip.