Quirion, Alfred

Born at Saint-Georges de Beauce, Canada, on 21January 1911, Alfred Quirion began his theological studies at the age of 12 in Quebec.

He was ordained by Cardinal Jean-Marie Villeneuve on 8 June 1938 and became curate at St Isidore in Dorchester.

From 1942-44 he served as curate at Saint-Samuel de Frontenac.

In 1944, he was appointed assistant chaplain of the J.A.C. (Rural YCW), for the Diocese of Quebec.

Two years later in 1946, he was appointed as the first fulltime JAC chaplain and remained in the role until 1951.

In 1948, he was sent on a mission to extend Catholic Action to Western Canada. After that trip, he requested Archbishop Maurice Roy for permission to go and work in Alberta.

In 1949, Bishop Maurice Baudoux appointed him as parish priest of the parish of Vilna in Alberta.

From 1950 - 1951 he became parish priest to the parish of Elk Point in Alberta.

Then from 1951 - 1955 he served as parish priest at St Edward, Alberta.

In 1952 he was also appointed direction of Rural Action in the Diocese of Saint-Paul, Alberta.

Fr Quirion became known for his generosity and for using most of his salary for the most needy.

He did not, he said, need anything for himself and lived in absolute poverty.

In fact, he ate so little that Archbishop Baudoux had to insist that he eat at least one complete meal per day.

His reputation for kindness and generosity was so well known that people called him St. Vincent de Paul from the West. The Englishmen called him "The Penniless Priest", that is to say "The Penniless Priest".

In December 1954, he resigned as JAC chaplain and director of Catholic Action to dedicate himself to building a new church in St. Edward.

At the beginning of January 1955, Fr Quirion drove five seminarians 1500 miles to the Archdiocee of St Boniface, Manitoba.

He began his return journey on Sunday 9 January, dropping Archbishop Baudoux off at 1.00pm.

Two hours later he picked up three hitchhikers to Portage-la-Prairie.

And at around 4:00 pm, he was shot three times in his car near the town of Brandon.


CHRONOLOGIE (Français)

1911 : né le 21 janvier à Saint-Georges de Beauce ; fils d’Olivier et de Flavie Loubier.

1923 : Il fait ses études secondaires à Lévis ; puis sa théologie au séminaire de Québec.

1938 : Le 8 juin, il est ordonné prêtre par S.E., le cardinal Jean-Marie Villeneuve.

1938 – 1942 : Il est vicaire à Saint-Isidore de Dorchester.

1942 – 1944 : Il est vicaire à Saint-Samuel de Frontenac.

1944 : Il est nommé assistant-aumônier de la J.A.C., du diocèse de Québec.

1946 – 1951 : Il devient l’aumônier de la J.A.C. (Le premier à temps plein)

1946 : Avec 40 jeunes de la J.A.C., ils fondent la paroisse de Guyenne en Abitibi.

1948 : Il effectue un voyage pour l’action catholique dans l’Ouest canadien.1949 : il fait une demande à Mgr Maurice Roy pour aller travailler en Alberta.

1949 – 1950 : Mgr Maurice Baudoux le nomme curé de la paroisse de Vilna en Alberta.

1950 – 1951 : Il est transféré curé à la paroisse de Elk Point en Alberta.

1951 – 1955 : Il devient curé de la paroisse de Saint-Édouard, Alberta.

1952 : Il est aussi directeur de l’Action Rural du territoire de l’évêché de Saint-Paul, Alberta

1954 : Au mois de décembre, il démissionne de ses fonctions comme aumônier de la J.A.C. et directeur de l’Action catholique, pour se consacrer à la construction d’une nouvelle église à Saint-Édouard.

1955 : Début janvier, l’abbé Quirion entreprend un voyage de 1500 milles pour

reconduire cinq séminaristes à l’archevêché de Saint-Boniface au Manitoba.

1955 : Le dimanche 9 janvier, il prend la route pour revenir dans sa paroisse en Alberta.

1 h 00 pm : il quitte Mgr Baudoux seul dans sa voiture.

3 h 00 pm : il prend trois auto-stoppeurs à Portage-la-Prairie.

4 h 00 pm : il est tué de trois balles dans sa voiture près de la ville de Brandon.

SOURCES




1955 - L'abbé Quirion, héraut de la charité - N° 412 — Mars-Avril 1955


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