69-108-667-a | Abbot François-Xavier Lafrance

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Abbot François-Xavier Lafrance
About 1880, 19th century
698 x 597 cm
Gift of R. P. Oscar Bourque
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Father François-Xavier Lafrance was born in Quebec City in 1814. Ordained at Rustico, Prince Edward Island, he later became the first priest at Tracadie, New Brunswick, where he took care of lepers.

In 1854, in Memramcook, New Brunswick, he founded St. Thomas's Seminary, the forerunner of St. Joseph's College.

  • What

    This is a charcoal drawing of Father François-Xavier Lafrance. At the end of the 19th century, portraits of religious figures were very popular.

  • Where

    This drawing hung in the church rectory at Barachois, New Brunswick.

  • When

    The portrait was done about 1880, when Father François-Xavier Lafrance was based in Memramcook, New Brunswick.

  • Who

    Father François-Xavier Lafrance was a priest in the parish of Memramcook when he founded St.Thomas's Seminary.