|Birth: ||Oct. 5, 1836|
|Death: ||Mar. 2, 1917|
Born in Val Fleury, Loire, France, on October 5, 1836, to Joseph Granottier and Marie Perrichon, Father François Granottier made his classical and philosophical studies at the College in L'Argentiere. As a scholastic he studied at the Grand Seminary of Algiers and at that of Viviers in France. He pronounced his Final Vows with the Basilian Fathers on June 8, 1861, and was ordained to the Priesthood on May 18, 1862.
Three months after ordination Father Granottier sailed for Canada and arrived at St. Michael's College in Toronto, Ontario, on September 1st. A life-long association with the parish of St. Mary's of the Assumption in Owen Sound began with his appointment as an Assistant in the summer of 1863. He was named Pastor in January 1864, and served in this capacity until January 1887, when he left for a long visit to France. In October of that same year he was appointed Assistant at St. Anne's Parish in Detroit, Michigan. When the establishment of a College at Sedalia in Missouri was undertaken in July 1888, Father Granottier was placed in charge of Sacred Heart Parish in Warrensburg, Missouri. Both foundations were given up in September and he returned to St. Anne's Parish. At the end of 1889, he went back to St. Mary's of the Assumption Parish as Pastor. He retired in 1901, but continued to live amid the scene of his early labors until his death in 1917.
In the vast territory of St. Mary's of the Assumption Parish and its Missions, Father Granottier built eight churches, the largest being St. Mary's which was modelled after his old parish church in France. The last thirty years of the "Grand Old Man of St. Mary's" were marred by failing eyesight that left him almost totally blind.
All his life Father Granottier was a traveller, going from mission to mission and on occasion far abroad. The Golden Jubilee Volume of St. Mary's Parish said that "He had the real Gallic spirit of the old voyageur or courier-de-bois. He was a great traveller, when opportunity offered. France, Algiers, Ontario, Switzerland, Italy, the Holy Land, Texas and Mexico have been visited by him and yielded to his observant mind much interesting information."
Within the Congregation Father Granottier served as a member of the Provincial Council between 1883 and 1898. In 1884, the council adopted his suggestion that a Requiem Mass, rubrics permitting, be offered during the annual retreat for deceased confreres. From 1910 until his death in 1917, he was a member of the General Council.
Saint Mary's Cemetery
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Record added: Dec 07, 2012
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