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Charles-Francois Baillargeon

French-Canadian bishop

Baillargeon, CHARLES-FRANCOIS, a French-Canadian bishop, b. April 26, 1798, at Ile-aux-Grues, P. Q.; d. October 13, 1870. He studied theology at the Seminary of Quebec, where he taught rhetoric. Ordained in 1822, he was successively chaplain at St. Roch, pastor of St. Francois, Isle of Orleans, of the joint parishes of L’Ange-Gardien and Chateau-Richer. While rector of Notre Dame de Quebec, he displayed apostolic zeal and charity during three visitations of cholera (1832, 1834, 1849), and the horrors of typhus (1847), assisting many Irish orphans. He was made Bishop of Tloa and coadjutor to Archbishop Turgeon of Quebec, February 23, 1851, being the first Canadian bishop since the conquest appointed without the intervention of the British Crown. He became administrator in 1855 and succeeded as Archbishop of Quebec, August 26, 1867. He attended the Vatican Council. He published a French translation, with commentary, of the New Testament (2d ed., 1865), lauded by Pius IX, “Recueil d’Ordonnances” (1859), and over thirty important Pastoral Letters, besides many other official documents.

LIONEL LINDSAY


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