Antoine LABELLE

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CanadianBorn François-Xavier-Antoine LABELLE

Roman Catholic priest

Born on November 24, 1833 in Sainte-Rose-de-Lima, Quebec , Canada

Died on January 04, 1891 in Quebec City, Quebec

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Labelle was born in Sainte-Rose-de-Lima, Quebec, the son of Maher Angelica and Antoine Labelle. 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 (6 ft) and weighed 152 kg (300 pounds). 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.



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