In becoming a friend of Aldo,
we nurture ourselves,
one another, and
the larger community.
Where else but at "Aldo’s Wall" would a senior civil servant talk
with a homeless person; a parking attendant discuss with a
waitress the role of a donkey in the Christmas story; a nun share treats
of carrots & celery with a cleaning woman from the Clarendon?
The Aldo Project was the catalyst for the Green Ministries initiative, and many call it “a miracle in the heart of Old Quebec”.
A donkey named Aldo, with Alli his small goat companion, changed neighbourhood life for the better on rue des Des Jardins. They moved into the bishop’s garden beside the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in late autumn, 2011, and things haven't been the same since.
Where people were once strangers, now, the most unlikely connections are being made.
Neighbours, workers and tourists, children, parents and grandparents, single elderly people and street people, devout parishioners and teenagers all come together at “Aldo’s Wall” to talk with, feed and stroke the animals. These two animals, during their annual winters in residence within the old walls, have been instrumental in creating a pôle d’attraction which brings together people who otherwise might never meet.
In becoming a friend of Aldo, we nurture ourselves, one another and the larger community.
1. A historical footnote: The first two donkeys brought to Nouvelle-France by the Recollets lived on or very near where Aldo lives today!
Aldo in the spotlight
No surprise, Aldo has received plenty of attention. Visit our blog to see who's talking about them (media coverage, etc.)
Message from Aldo
A hearty thank you to everyone who visits! Please know all of us animals in the Bishopthorpe garden are well-tended by the Green Ministries team, who keep a careful eye on our shelter, water, and food.
When you visit us, please keep in mind the following suggestions to ensure we stay happy and healthy.
What's good for Aldo?