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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Paul Augustin Benoit (1850-1915)

Priest, colonizer.

Born in Le Nans, France, he was ordained at the French Seminary in Rome in 1874, subsequently receiving a doctorate in philosophy from the Gregorian University and a doctorate in theology from St. Thomas College. He entered the Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception in 1877. He toured Canada in 1890, and in 1891 he established his first colony of French in the Pembina Hills. His order ministered to a number of parishes and missions in southern Manitoba. He wrote extensively during his years in Manitoba, his works including a two-volume Vie de Mgr Taché, published in 1904. He retired in 1910, much disappointed with the results of his colonizing activities. He died in France.

More information:

Joseph Paul Augustin Benoit, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online


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

Page revised: 27 July 2008

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