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Memorable Manitobans: Maurice Baudoux (1902-1988)

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Born at Louviere, Belgium on 10 July 1902, he came to Canada at age nine, entering the College de Saint-Boniface in 1919, then studying at Laval University, where he received a doctorate in theology. He began as a Roman Catholic priest at Prud’homme, Saskatchewan, in 1919. In 1948 he became Bishop of St. Paul, Alberta, and then Coadjutor Archbishop of St. Boniface in 1952, taking over as Archbishop in 1955 upon the death of Archbishop Arthur Beliveau. An extremely tall man—he was six feet four inches—Baudoux devoted himself to the preservation of local Francophone culture. He was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Winnipeg in 1964 and he was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1979. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977. He died of cancer in Winnipeg on 1 July 1988.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1988, page 24.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 November 2020

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