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Bishop Henri-Marie du Breil de Pontbriand
Birth: Jan., 1708
Death: Jun. 8, 1760

Canadian religious leader. Sixth bishop of Québec. A native of Vannes (France) he studied at the “Collège de la Fèche” and in Paris with the Sulpician Fathers. He was ordained priest in 1731 and was named vicar-general by the bishop of Saint-Malo. He was consecrated bishop of Québec in Paris on April 7, 1741, and arrived in New France the same year, with several priests. After entering Québec, he found himself engaged in a lawsuit with the nuns of the general hospital, who claimed the episcopal palace as part of the legacy that Saint-Valier, second bishop of Québec, had left them. He obtained a royal decree confirming the possession of the palace to the bishops of Quebec, which was followed by another prohibiting religious congregations from holding lands in mortmain, and in 1744 he reduced from 33 to 14 the number of holidays observed by the local people. He restored both his palace and his cathedral, from 1745 to 1748. Having the pastoral charge of a diocese, as big as half on North America, in New-Orleans, he conferred the title of vicar-general to the Superior of the Jesuits and the Royal Court sanctioned this nomination on November 3, 1755. After the capture of Québec by the English in September 1759, he regulated the affairs of his church as far as possible, appointed a vicar-general, recommended his clergy to submit to the new order of things and observe the terms of the capitulation, and then retired to Montréal. He was not able to survive the grief which the capture of Québec caused him, and died after a few days' illness. His remains were transfered from Montréal to the the Basilica-Cathedral Notre-Dame of Québec in 1965. (bio by: Guy Gagnon) 
Notre Dame De Quebec Basilica-Cathedral
Capitale-Nationale Region
Quebec, Canada
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