January 19, 2000
volume 11, no. 13

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    Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we spotlight each member of the Conclave in alphabetical order. We find this necessary as our dear Sovereign Pontiff Pope John Paul II grows older, clinging to hope, as we join him, of seeing the light of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart with the dawn of the new millennium - the Jubilee Year 2000. How much longer this 264th successor of Peter has left on this earth only God knows for sure, but His Divine Mercy is evident in allowing him to be with us this long for he truly is a saint for our times, truly Christ's Vicar on earth in these waning days before the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Time of Peace, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the New Pentecost, the Second Advent, the Age of the Holy Spirit. What 1999 will bring we have no idea, nor does anyone else, but with John Paul II at the helm, we feel much more secure in knowing God's Will will be done. Nevertheless, we want to preview the future Pope whether that be soon or much, much later, for no one lives forever and eventually one of those prelates will be selected as the 265th successor of Peter. This will give the reader a better insight into the man whom the Holy Spirit will move the conclave to choose. Thus we bring the reader vignettes on each cardinal in alphabetical order gleaned from the Catholic Almanac, The Official Catholic Directory, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

147.   Cardinal Louis-Albert Vachon

    Canada's oldest prelate is Cardinal Louis-Albert Vachon who was born in the Archdiocese of Quebec on February 4, 1912 in Saint-Frederic-de-Beauce. After minor and major seminary in Quebec, he was ordained a priest at age 26 on June 11, 1938. After various pastoral assignments, he was sent to Rome to study at the Angelicum where he received his Doctorate in Theology. Returning to Quebec, he was assigned to the faculty at the University of Laval where he taught Theology from 1949 to 1955 before becoming President of the University in 1960, a post he held until 1972. One of his fellow faculty members at the time was Father Edouard Gagnon who would also go on to become a cardinal.

    At the age of 65 Monsignor Vachon was named Titular Bishop of Mesarfelta and Auxiliary of Quebec by Pope Paul VI on April 4, 1977 and ordained on May 14, 1977. Four years later Pope John Paul II appointed him the new Archbishop of Quebec on March 20, 1981. During this time he also was elected President of the Bishops' Conference of Quebec and also played a significant part in organizing the Papal Visit to Quebec in 1984. Many believe that success played a major role in his being named a cardinal by the Holy Father a year later during the Consistory of May 25, 1985 when he received his red-hat and the titular church of St. Paul of the Cross a Corviale. He resigned his post as head of the See of Quebec on March 17, 1990 after reaching the age of 78. He lives in retirement at the bishop's quarters at 1 rue des Remparts in Quebec.


January 19, 2000
volume 10, no. 13

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