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Memorable Manitobans: Norman Joseph Chartrand (1926-2013)


Born at Portage la Prairie on 22 May 1926, son of Louis Chartrand and Julia Carey, he received his early education there. He attended Notre Dame College at Wilcox, Saskatchewan and the University Seminary of St. Paul (Ottawa, Ontario). He was ordained to the priesthood in June 1950 and, during 55 years of active ministry, he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Augustine of Canterbury, Brandon (July 1950 to July 1951), Parochial Vicar at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Winnipeg (1951 to 1956), and Pastor at St. Hyacinth, Portage la Prairie (September 1979 to 1983), St. Theresa’s, Middlechurch (August 1985 to August 1986), Blessed John XXIII, Winnipeg (August 1997 to 2003), and St. Nicholas Tavelich, Winnipeg (January 2005 to June 2008). He served as Chancellor of the Archdiocese from October 1956 to August 1983, followed by studies in canon law at Ottawa. He then served the Tribunal in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis from August 1986 to June 1989, the Winnipeg and Regina Regional Tribunals from April 1991 to August 1997, and the Winnipeg Tribunal from August 1997 to 2000. He received three papal appointments, including Papal Chamberlain (November 1961), Prelate of Honour (May 1969), and Protonotary Apostolic (August 1999). In 1975, he received a Manitoba Good Citizenship Award. He died at Winnipeg on 2 November 2013 and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 2013.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 November 2013

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