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Memorable Manitobans: Cleophas “Father Cliff” Lafreniere (1920-2001)


Born at Winnipeg on 1 June 1920, Father Cliff entered the Oblates of Mary Immaculate at St. Laurent in July 1940, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1946 in Saskatchewan. From 1947 to 1964, he served as a priest in Kenora, Winnipeg and Lebret, Saskatchewan. Going to Paris for a year for Catechetical Studies, he became a member of the staff in 1965 at the Villa Maria Retreat House in St. Norbert. He further served as a parish priest in various locations before returning to Winnipeg in 1984, where he became Chaplain of the Remand Centre. In 1995, he joined the Oblate retirement comunity but continued his work part-time until just before his death, which occurred at Winnipeg on 19 January 2001.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 January 2001, page 17.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 13 November 2017

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