XX-527 | Mgr Edouard A. LeBlanc
Mgr Edouard A. LeBlanc
727 x 633 cm
Gift of La Paroisse Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
Keys to History
For years the Acadians petitioned the Pope for the naming of an Acadian bishop. Support for this demand came not only from Roman Catholic clerics but also from lay groups such as the Societé nationale de l'Assomption.
Pascal Poirier and Marcel-François Richard were instrumental in this campaign, notably in the sending of delegations to Rome and the organizing of fundraising activities. This work did not go unnoticed. During his second visit to Rome, Monseignor Marcel-François Richard received from Pope Pius X a promise that he would name an Acadian bishop. He also received a chalice marking that promise.
With the appointment of Monseignor Édouard Alfred LeBlanc to the Episcopal seat of Saint John, New Brunswick, in 1912, that promise was fulfilled.
The Acadian people had waited many long years for the appointment of the first Acadian bishop.
Édouard A. LeBlanc was a native of St. Mary's Bay, Nova Scotia.
Monseignor Édouard A. LeBlanc was ordained as bishop on December 10, 1912.
This retouched photograph once belonged to the parish of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, in Moncton, New Brunswick.