Today in Canada we celebrate Blessed Louis-Zepherin Moreau, a model bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe in Quebec, who died Many 24, 1901. Born rather sickly and undersized to a large Quebecois farming family, he dedicated himself to studies and eventually to the priesthood, enduring many vicissitudes. An exemplary priest, he was chosen bishop by Leo XIII in 1875, and consecrated January 16, 1876. For the next quarter century he was the mainstay in the formation and guidance of his flock: as one historian put it, Bishop Moreau’s diocese was renowned for “the saintliness and happiness of his priests, the close and fraternal relations he maintained with them, his sense of collegiality, the community life that he was able to foster in his diocese between bishop, priests, religious, and laity, . . . the extraordinary impetus he gave to ecclesiastical studies among both his seminarists and his priests.” He provides an example and intercessor for the current members of our Canadian episcopacy, and all of us would do well to follow his lead.
Blessed Louis Moreau, ora pro nobis!