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Bishop Louis-François Richer Laflèche
Birth: Sep. 4, 1818
Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade
Mauricie Region
Quebec, Canada
Death: Jul. 14, 1898
Trois-Rivières
Mauricie Region
Quebec, Canada

Canadian religious leader. Second bishop of Trois-Rivières. A native of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade (Québec), he studied the classics and theology at Nicolet College. Having offered his services to the pioneer Bishop Provencher of Red River, he was ordained on January 7, 1844, and traveled 750 leagues by canoe to reach Saint-Boniface, in Manitoba. In 1846 he left with Father Taché for the mission of La Crosse island, 300 leagues distant. Besides the Sauteux language, he mastered those of the Crees and Montagnais prevalent in the North-West, and was the first to reduce the latter to grammatical form. In 1849, Pope Pius IX preconized him Bishop of Arath in partibus infidelium. Five years of illness and suffering having left an infirmity in one of his limbs which he bore to the end of his life, he begged to be released from the burden of the episcopate and have Father Taché's name substituted in the Bulls of nomination. In 1851, he directed the almost incredible defense of 60 half-breeds against 2000 Sioux near Turtle Mountain, North Dakota. After a siege of two days (13 and 14 July), the assailants spied the missionary in surplice and stole, and withdrew, convinced that the Great Spirit protected the half-breeds. In 1856 he returned to Canada, where he taught mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy at Nicolet College, of which he was appointed president in 1859. On November 23, 1866, Bishop Cook of Trois-Rivières chose him for coadjutor, and on April 30, 1870, while in Rome, at the Vatican Council, he succeeded to the vacant see. He was no less an able administrator than an eloquent orator. Besides his weekly sermons in his cathedral, where he often treated the great social and politico-religious questions of the day, his voice was heard on many important occasions. A dauntless exponent of Catholic truth and an ardent Ultramontane, his utterances were not always acceptable to the group of politicians who inclined towards Liberalism. When, in 1885, contrary to his wish, his diocese was divided, he bowed submissively to the decree of the Holy See, and soon beheld the loss partly repaired by the creation and development of several prosperous industrial centres. He passed away in his episcopal city. (bio by: Guy Gagnon) 
 
Inscription:
MONSEIGNEUR
LOUIS FRANCOIS RICHER LAFLECHE
NE A STE-ANNE-DE-LA-PERADE
LE 4 SEPTEMBRE 1818
ORDONNÉ PRETRE
LE 7 JANVIER 1844
ELU EVEQUE TITULAIRE D’ANTHEDON
ET COADJUTEUR DE
MONSEIGNEUR COOKE
LE 23 NOVEMBRE 1866
SACRE LE 25 FEVRIER 1867
DEUXIEME EVEQUE
DE TROIS-RIVIERES
LE 30 AVRIL 1870
DECEDE LE 14 JUILLET 1898
 
Burial:
Saint Michel Cemetery
Trois-Rivières
Mauricie Region
Quebec, Canada
Plot: Mausolée des Évêques-de-Trois-Rivières.
 
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Originally Created by: Guy Gagnon
Record added: Nov 17, 2003
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Bishop Louis-François Richer Laflèche
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Bishop Louis-François Richer Laflèche
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Bishop Louis-François Richer Laflèche
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