Antoine Labelle

Deceased Person

1833 – 1891

34 Views

Who was Antoine Labelle?

François-Xavier-Antoine Labelle was a Roman Catholic priest and the person principally responsible for the settlement of the Laurentians. He is also referred to as "Curé Labelle" and sometimes, the "King of the North".

He was born in Sainte-Rose-de-Lima, the son of Maher Angelica and Antoine Labelle, who were not very well off. He studied at the Sainte-Thérèse seminary. Little is known about the first years of his life but it is known that he liked to read Auguste Nicolas and Joseph de Maistre. He added François-Xavier to his name in honour of Saint Francis Xavier. He was ordained as a priest on June 1, 1856 after a comparatively brief theological education from 1852 to 1855. His physical size made him a giant: he was 180 cm tall and weighed 152 kg. He was first appointed vicar at the parish of Sault-au-Récollet by bishop Ignace Bourget, and later to the parish of Saint-Antoine-Abbé, near the United States border, where he worked until 1863, after which he was assigned to the parish of Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle. About 1867, frustrated by his debts, he asked to be transferred to an American diocese or a monastery. Instead, Bishop Bourget asked to him to remain, assigning him to the more prosperous parish of Saint-Jérôme.

We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Born
Nov 24, 1833
Québec
Nationality
  • Canada
Died
Jan 4, 1891

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

Citation

Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Antoine Labelle." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 27 Nov. 2021. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/antoine_labelle>.

Discuss this Antoine Labelle biography with the community:

0 Comments


    Browse Biographies.net