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Bishop Émile Grouard
Birth: Feb. 2, 1840
Death: Mar. 7, 1931

Canadian religious figure. A native of Brûlon (France), he crossed the Atlantic to finish his studies at the seminary of Québec and at Laval University. He joined the religious order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and on May 3, 1862, he was ordained priest. For the remainder of his life, he worked as a missionary in northern Alberta. He came first to Fort Chipewyan, then moved further west into the Athabasca and Peace River country. He spent time at the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires mission in Lac La Biche, at St. Charles mission at Dunvegan, and in St. Roberts on the shores of Lesser Slave Lake. On October 18, 1890, he was named Titular Bishop of Ibora in Helenoponto and appointed Vicar Apostolic of the vicariate of Athabaska-Mackenzie. In 1910, his title changed for the one of Vicar Apostolic of the Athabasca vicariate. On March 15, 27, his diocese took his own family name. He retired on March 17, 1929. On February 28, 1930, Pope Pius XI named him Titular Archbishop of Aegina. He was a promoter of the arts and their spiritual applications. On a return trip from Europe in 1877, he brought a printing press to the Lac La Biche mission and worked on the production of religious texts, which he had translated into the Cree and Chipewyan languages. In 1884 he painted the iconography of the St. Charles mission church at Dunvegan. His impact upon the peoples of northern Alberta was substantial, giving 60 years of his life in their service through the Roman Catholic Church. He also left his mark upon the treaty-making process. Believing that it would better their conditions, he encouraged his region’s First Nations people to take treaty, and was present for the initial signing of “Treaty 8” at Lesser Slave Lake in the summer of 1899. In 1923, he published his memories, entitled “Souvenirs de mes soixante ans d'apostolat dans l'Athabasca-Mackenzie”. He died eight years later, March 7, 1931, in the village which bears his name now. (bio by: Guy Gagnon) 
 
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Grouard Mission Cemetery
Grouard
Slave Lake Census Division
Alberta, Canada
 
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Originally Created by: Guy Gagnon
Record added: Feb 08, 2004
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Bishop Émile Grouard
Added by: Guy Gagnon
 
Bishop Émile Grouard
Added by: Guy Gagnon
 
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