XX-489 | The Reverend Father Camille Lefebvre

 
Drawing
The Reverend Father Camille Lefebvre
Philomène Belliveau
About 1890, 19th century
71 x 81 cm
Gift of Musée du Collège Saint-Joseph
XX-489
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Father Camille Lefebvre was born in St. Philippe de la Prairie, near Montreal, in 1831. Ordained in 1855 as a member of the Holy Cross Congregation, he served as a priest at the church in St. Eustache, Quebec, from 1855 to1860.

After serving in several other parishes in Quebec, he arrived in Acadia in 1864 on a mission to establish a classical college. It was in Memramcook, New Brunswick, that he founded St. Joseph's College, an institution of higher education dedicated to improving the lot of the Acadian people.

"The entire history of the Acadian Renaissance is reflected in Father Lefebvre's life. He is one of those men to whom the Romans would have awarded the title Patriarch of the People."(1)

(1) L'album-souvenir de la Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste du collège Saint-Jean, 1894, p. 313.

  • What

    This pastel drawing of the Reverend Father Camille Lefebvre is attributed to the artist Philomène Belliveau.

  • Where

    This portrait has been part of the collection of the Musée acadien since its inception. However, the precise date it was acquired by the museum is not known.

  • When

    The work was done about 1890.

  • Who

    The numerous references to Philomène Belliveau in newspapers of the period are an indication of the artist's popularity and talent as a portraitist.