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‘The Mother’s Saint’: a drama about the Duplessis Orphans

The Story


Ed Roy grew up hearing stories of abuse his foster mother, Madeleine, suffered when she was young. Roy and his relatives only half-believed her, suspecting her tales were more exaggeration than truth. Madeleine died before the Duplessis Orphans made their case public in 1992. But the airing of their story prompted Roy to investigate his foster mother's history. After satisfying himself that Madeleine's story was true, Roy, now a playwright, was determined to retell it in a play. He describes the The Mother's Saint in this CBC Radio interview. 

Medium: Radio
Program: The Arts Today
Broadcast Date: Feb. 15, 2000
Guest(s): Ed Roy
Host: Erika Ritter
Duration: 6:40

Did You know?


• Roy actively researched his foster mother's history, sorting through archives and medical records to determine if she was, as he suspected, one of the Duplessis Orphans. "I formed my own theories, as a detective does, as I gathered information, of what it was adding up to," he told the National Post. "When I finally hit paydirt and solved the mystery, my suspicions were proved true." -- in the National Post, Feb. 19, 2000

• The seven religious orders implicated in the orphans' charges are:
- the Sisters of Providence
- Sisters of Charity of Quebec
- Sisters of Mercy
- the Grey Nuns of Montreal
- the Small Franciscans of Mary
- the Brothers of Charity
- and the Brothers of Our Lady of Mercy.
. As of 2005, these religious orders have refused to respond to the allegations.


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