By Claire Trépanier
The biography of Marie-Louise Bouchard Labelle tells the tale of a tender Canadian girl from a humble history on the flip of the 20th century. She found love with the priest of her village. After 3 young ones and 15 years of chuffed existence jointly, her husband lower back to the priesthood, in advance of the nice Depression.--Tr?panier narrates this courageous woman's fight to elevate their youngsters by myself, citing questions about the required celibacy of Catholic monks and the prestige of girls within the Catholic Church. --Claire Trepanier lives in Ottawa. She is retired from a occupation in foreign improvement and has co-authored and co-hosted a television series.--"This is the biography of a rare lady who had the braveness to completely include her love for a clergyman, figuring out all of the consequences." -Laurier L. LaPierre -
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Extra resources for A Woman of Valour: The Biography of Marie-Louise Bouchard Labelle (Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters)
Between 1885 and 1893, representatives from the Canadian government, including Father Antoine Labelle, go on a formal mission to French-speaking countries in Europe to promote the coming of francophone settlers to Canada. Pierre Foursin, Secretary to the Canadian High Commission in France, travels to Canada repeatedly to study the feasibility of such a project. Subsequently, he creates in Paris the Real Property Society of Canada, which finances sending francophone Catholic settlers to western Canada.
Custom would warrant that he first ask Napoléon and Georgianne if their daughter could come work days at the presbytery. Marie-Louise’s parents would never consider refusing such a service to the parish priest. On the contrary! indd 37 37 3/5/10 9:41:23 PM the responsibility of taking care of his home. And besides, Claire, Marie-Louise’s little sister, has grown up and can take on many of the routine chores. They consult Marie-Louise, who accepts with deference, all the while repressing an outburst of secret joy.
Roy. 10 She is right! Later I discover documents from this period signed by Father Roy showing in his handwriting “Joseph A. ” I tell myself that he might have simply chosen to use Joseph instead of Jérémie. It is plausible because in this era all boys were christened with the first name of Joseph and all girls with the first name of Mary. This first name would be followed by two or more given names: Joseph François Aimé or Joseph Louis Victor or Joseph Napoléon, etc. But on his baptismal certificate I do not find Joseph.