Reverend Father Ambroise-Martial Fafard
Curator: Mrs Jeanne d’Arc Brochu in collaboration with Sr Émilienne Boivin
June 28th 2008 ‒ March 1st 2011
This exhibition illustrated the journey of Curé Ambroise-Martial Fafard to whom is owed the arrival of the Little Franciscans of Mary in Baie-Saint-Paul. A determined, learned individual, he was not only a support figure among his parishioners but also a visionary and entrepreneur.
Visitors were offered an overview of this man’s life, from his birth in l’Islet in 1840 to his death in Baie-Saint-Paul, in August 1899. It included his achievements as a parish priest in both Inverness and Chicoutimi, his trip to Europe and his meeting with the Pope. As the founder of St. Anne Hospice in Baie‑Saint-Paul, he initiated countless municipal services and amenities for town residents.
The exhibition presented archival documents (travel logs, letters), furnishings (sideboard, bed, secretary desk), personal objects (seal, inkwell, medals bar, calling cards) as well as dishes and a symphonion or ancient music box. A testimonial to the Victorian era, the artefacts revealed his lifestyle as well as his accomplishments.