Since its foundation, the Madonna House Apostolate has accepted donations of all kinds, and has worked to distribute these goods to the poor. In 1963, as it became apparent that the international missions of the apostolate required financial as well as material aid, Catherine Doherty opened the Madonna House Gift Shop here in Combermere. All of the items in our gift shop are donated, and all of the proceeds from their sale go to the poor.
Thousands pass through each year — and for every item sold another has come in donation to replace it. For more than 40 years we have seen this miracle of hidden generosity, and through it the poor have been helped in many parts of the world. Anyone is welcome to donate items for the shop, thus continuing the miracle of love.
We restore and reclaim many hidden treasures at our shop, including:
• Jewelry, gold
• Silverware, brass
• Prints, frames
• Sewing items, fabric
• Clothing, wool items
• Religious statues, medals, rosaries
• Other curios of all kinds!
In addition to the donated items, some of the talented staff of our apostolate also create hand-made items to be sold, such as:
• Woodenware, carvings
• Needle work
• Stained Glass
• Madonna House Publications
Sheared from the sheep on our own farm, the wool is washed, carded and made ready for our shop by our staff in the simple old-fashioned ways of our pioneers. We have yarn, sheep skins, wool rovings for spinners and dyers, batts of wool for handmade wool-filled quilts. Hand-knit sweaters, socks, mitts, scarves, tuques and slippers as well as hand woven rugs and all-wool blankets are on display. You’ll appreciate the warmth of these items when the winter winds blow!
Our new art gallery displays the artwork of Madonna House Staff as well as donated paintings, prints, statues, icons, and other works of art.
You can view some of the works of our Madonna House artists on our “Special Features” page.
Filled with trinkets and treasures, our new flea market is just around the corner from our gift shop. The upstairs of the old pioneer house is filled with fabric of all kinds from table cloths, linens, vintage clothing, afghans, and even beads. The main floor has all kinds of household items, a children’s corner and countless pieces of interest. A thrifty shopper stops here!
Across the parking lot from the Gift Shop is our Used Book Shop. Browse through rare and antique books, special collections, Canadiana, Americana, spiritual books, history, fiction, mysteries, children’s literature, and a wide variety of other used books. Stock up on good summer reading!
All proceeds from our book shop are used to serve the poor through our missionary field house in Russia.
Just past the Gift Shop is a large old barn housing our Pioneer Museum. It opened in 1967, and displays an extensive Canadian collection, representative of life in this country’s early days. The displays of old tools, cobbler and farm implements, kitchenware and the hundreds of authentic artifacts from pioneer homes and farms, speak with pride of our ancestors’ way of life. Built from hundred-year-old hand-hewn logs by experts in the Madawaska Valley, even the building itself is a colourful illustration of our rich pioneer heritage. Every item is the gift of a generous benefactor interested in preserving the history of the area.
Your purchase helps the poor through our houses abroad and others working with the poor in many parts of the world. Your donations of collectables and your treasures become “bread for the poor.” Thank you, and God bless you!