Rev Ovide Charlebois

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Rev Ovide Charlebois

  • Birth 12 Feb 1862 Oka, Laurentides Region, Quebec, Canada
  • Death 20 Nov 1933 The Pas, Flin Flon-Northwest Census Division, Manitoba, Canada
  • Burial The Pas, Flin Flon-Northwest Census Division, Manitoba, Canada
  • Plot Crypte de la Cathédrale.
  • Memorial ID 28882528

The Servant of God, Monsignor Ovide Charlebois OMI., was born in Oka, Québec, Canada, on February 12, 1862, to Hyacinthe Charlebois and Emergence Chartierand. To this day, he remains one of the best known and loved clergyman of his country.

Joining the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, he was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 25, on July 17, 1887. Successively he moved to West Canada, where he dedicated his entire remaining years to the apostolate within the Natives present in those parts. He lived in Cumberland alone for sixteen years, next to a tribe, until he was named as the First Apostolic Vicar of Keewatin, Manitoba, receiving his episcopal consecration with the Titular See of Berenice on November 30, 1910, from Archbishop Louis Philip Adélard Langevin OMI., at the age of 48. He was installed as head of the named Apostolic Vicariate on the following March 7, 1911.

Bishop Ovidio took care of his vast vicariate until his saintly death, which occurred at Le Pas, on November 20, 1933, aged 71. During his lifetime he managed to organize the first missions of the Roman Catholic Church to Hudson Bay.

As Bishop Charlebois was being buried in Le Pas, Manitoba, the elders say that numerous white doves were seen flying in the sky. Originally interred inside the Cemetery of Le Pas, his remains were transferred to the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in 1955.

The cause for his beatification was introduced on September 16, 1979.


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  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 8 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28882528
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Ovide Charlebois (12 Feb 1862–20 Nov 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28882528, citing Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, The Pas, Flin Flon-Northwest Census Division, Manitoba, Canada ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .