The Acadian Renaissance
Mgr Marcel-François Richard
About 1900, 19th century
685 x 585 cm
Gift of La Paroisse Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
Keys to History
Father Marcel-François Richard, a native of St. Louis de Kent, New Brunswick, was ordained in 1870. This great nationalist dedicated himself to the development of education among the Acadians. He founded schools in several of the parishes in which he worked and was also the founder of St. Louis College, in St. Louis de Kent, New Brunswick.
A tireless promoter of the opening up of new Acadian towns as well as agricultural development, he founded, in the early 1870s, the village of Rogersville, New Brunswick. In 1886, he took up the parish in Rogersville, and he lived there until his death in 1915.
Monseignor Richard was also to play a key role in the Acadian National Conventions. He was known, in particular, for creating the national flag of the Acadians that was adopted at the Second Convention, held in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island, in 1884.
In addition, Monseignor Richard travelled to Rome to further the campaign for the nomination of an Acadian bishop at the turn of the century. During his second stay in Rome, in 1910, Catholic authorities promised that his wish would be met, and it was, in 1912.
Photographs were a means of immortalizing the leaders of the era.
This photograph was taken while Marcel-François Richard served as a priest in Rogersville, New Brunswick.
The photograph, which was taken about 1900, shows that Monseignor Marcel-François Richard was an influential figure at that time.
Monseignor Marcel-François Richard erected the first Marian monument in Acadia, the National Monument of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, located in Rogersville, New Brunswick.