Centennial of Blessed Father Frederic’s Death

On 4 March 2016, the Franciscans of Eastern Canada announced the various festivities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Blessed Father Frederic Janssoone on 4 August 2016.

The celebration begins 20-22 May at the Andre-Coindre residence on the campus of Our Lady of Foy in Saint Augustin-de-Desmaures. It will continue on 30-31 July and 5 August at the St. Anthony Chapel of Trois Rivieres, as well as 6 August at Saint Elie-de-Caxton, a small village where “Father Frederic inaugurated a way of the cross,” says Br. Roland Bonenfant, an organizer of the feast and vice-postulator of this holy man’s canonization. A special hymn for the occasion has been composed by Br. Guylain Prince, another member of the organizing committee.

Born in the north of France near the Belgian border, Father Frederic (1838-1916) was credited with around 600 cures during his lifetime. In addition to these healings, Father Frederic was best known for his Franciscan travels and for his numerous writings about Franciscan peace and love of the Lord.

The deceased missionary dedicated 40 years of his life making Jesus known, spending the last 28 in Quebec, where he founded the Commissariat for the Holy Land in Trois-Rivieres. He was beatified
in 1988 by John Paul II.

Finally, to spiritually prepare for the centennial of Father Frederic’s death, the reliquary containing a fragment of his bone and Holy Land cross was brought to various parishes in Quebec.