Born on May 15, 1933 in the Quebec
village of Saint-Isidore-de-Dorchester, son of a farmer father of 13
children, he received his primary education in his native parish
(1939-1946), he did his classical studies at the Seminary of St.
Anne-de-la-Pocatière (1946-1954, B.A.), and theology at the
Major Seminary of St. Boniface (1954-1958, B. Th.). Ordained a priest
in his home parish for the Diocese of St. Boniface by Most Rev.
Baudoux, Archbishop of St. Boniface, on June 24, 1958, he taught Latin
at the College of Montreal in 1958-1959 while attending the University
of Montreal in order to obtain a license in theology (1959) and do his
doctoral studies (1959-1960). He also did the same year his Solitude
at the Seminary of
Philosophy of Montreal and joined the Society of the Priests of Saint
Sulpice in 1960. He continued his studies at the Pontifical Biblical
Institute in Rome (license in Sacred Scripture, 1962) and the French
Biblical and Archaeological School of Jerusalem (diploma in Sacred
Appointed professor of Scripture and Liturgy at the Major Seminary of
St. Boniface (1963-1967), where he also devoted himself to the
permanent education of clergy and religious communities, he was
assigned from 1967 to 1970 at the Major Seminary of Guatemala as
professor of Scripture and Liturgy, from where he went (1970-1976) to
the Major Seminary of Manizales in Colombia as Rector and professor of
Scripture. Appointed, on his return to Canada, curate at Notre-Dame
Basilica of Montreal and professor of religious studies at André
Grasset College (1977), he was also responsible of the priestly
residence of the Major Seminary (1977-1978). In 1978 he became member
of the formation team of the Major Seminary while teaching the Sacred
Scriptures, and was consultor of the Provincial Council (1979-1982).
Elected for two terms as Provincial of the Sulpicians of Canada
(1982-1994), in January 1995 he became the Francophone Secretary
General of the CCCB (until December 1999), and on March 1, 2000 Rector
of the Canadian College in Rome, ecclesiastical adviser to Canadian
Embassy to the Vatican, and General Financial Administrator of the
Society at the Holy See.
Elected on June 23, 2001 the 7th bishop and 6th archbishop of St.
Boniface, he was consecrated on September 16 at the Cathedral of St.
Boniface by Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal, assisted by Most
Rev. Couture, Archbishop of Quebec, and Most Rev. Weisgerber,
Archbishop of Winnipeg. A polyglot, he speaks English, Italian,
Spanish, German and Brazilian.
Motto: Duc in Altum
Coat of Arms: Archives of the author
Works: several volumes of mimeographed lecture notes for educational
purPSSin major seminaries of Manizales and Montreal
Iconography: AEC (2002)
Sources: Press Release of the Holy See, June 23, 2001; documentation
provided by the Archives of the Sulpicians of Montreal; Press Release
of the CCCB, June 23, 2001.
This English translation by the Workgroup "Communications" of the Province
of Canada of the Priests of Saint Sulpice is published with the kind authorization of the
Wilson & Lafleur
House, of November
25, 2010. It is taken from: Jean LeBlanc, Dictionnaire
biographique des évêques catholiques du Canada : les
catholiques canadiens des Églises latine et orientales et leurs
: repères chronologiques et biographiques 1658-2002,
2002, 881 p.