Religious Leader. Born in Valleyfield, Quebec, to Ernest and Alda Beauvais Léger. He studied at the elementary school at Saint Anicet and did his college studies at the Seminary of Sainte Thérèse. After attending the Seminary of Montreal, where he obtained a license in theology in 1929. Paul-Emile was ordained a Priest in Montreal, Quebec, in May, 1929. He went on to study at the Catholic Institute of Paris, and received his doctorate in canon law in 1931. In 1932, he was sent in September 1933, shortly after his return to Canada, to fund the Sulpician seminary of Fukuoka, Japan, in order to ensure the formation of a native clergy. Paul-Emile did pastoral work in Omuta and taught philosophy at its seminary until 1939. Returning to Canada during World War II, he was Professor of Sociology in Montreal and Professor of Apologetics at the Pius XI Institute from 1939 to 1940. In 1940 he was named Vicar General of Valleyfield, and was raised to the rank of Monsignor in September, 1942. He was appointed Archbishop of Montreal, Quebec, in March, 1950, and was ordained bishop in April in the Roman basilica of St. Mary of the Angels by Cardinal Piazza, Secretary of the Sacred Consistorial Congregation. Paul-Emile resigned as Montreal's archbishop in April, 1968 to perform missionary work go in Cameroon among lepers and handicapped children. In 1968 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 1985, he was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec. He was the 1979 recipient of the first Pearson Medal of Peace for his humanitarian work. He was the Cardinal Protopriest from May, 1989 until his death in 1991, at the age of 87.
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