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Memorable Manitobans: Maurice Baudoux (1903-1988)

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Born in Belgium, Baudoux came to Canada at age nine, entering the College de Saint-Boniface in 1919, then studying at Laval, where he received a doctorate in theology. He began as a priest at Prud’homme, Saskatchewan, in 1919. In 1948 he became bishop of St. Paul, Alberta, and then he became archbishop of St. Boniface in 1952, although he did not take over the functions of the post until 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 1988.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 March 2016

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