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Princess Margaret Cancer Centre


St. Raphael’s was created to build and operate a facility that will offer free, high-quality palliative care in one of the most populated areas of Montreal.

The origins of the project date back to 2008. After the closing of the Church of
St. Raphael the Archangel on Lajoie Avenue in Montreal, the Archdiocese of Montreal agreed to transfer the use of this magnificent building and its land to the community, with the intent of enabling a unifying and humanitarian project that would benefit the entire community.

A committee composed of former parishioners and people from the business and healthcare sectors was formed to study and analyze the needs of the community. They found that what the area needs most is a palliative care home and day centre. That is how the St. Raphael’s project was born in memory of Father Gerry, the last parish priest at St. Raphael’s. He was a generous and devoted man whose simple mission in life was to serve others. Father Gerry passed away from cancer in 2007.

Once in operation the facility will extend a respectful and compassionate welcome to people from all walks of life regardless of their social condition, ethnic origin or religious beliefs.