Charles-François Baillargeon

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His Excellency

Charles-François Baillargeon
Archbishop of Quebec
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SeeQuebec
InstalledAugust 25, 1867
Term endedOctober 13, 1870
PredecessorPierre-Flavien Turgeon
SuccessorElzéar-Alexandre Taschereau
Orders
OrdinationJune 1, 1822
Personal details
Born(1798-04-26)April 26, 1798
Île aux Grues, Lower Canada
DiedOctober 13, 1870(1870-10-13) (aged 72)
Quebec City, Quebec

Charles-François Baillargeon (April 26, 1798 – October 13, 1870) was a Canadian Roman Catholic priest and archbishop.

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He was from Lower Canada and studied at the Collège de Saint-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud and Collège de Nicolet followed by four years of theology at Quebec where his choice of the priesthood was confirmed. He was ordained in 1822, and became chaplain of the church of Saint-Roch and also the director of the college.

He then served as a parish priest and in 1831 was appointed by Bishop Bernard-Claude Panet to the cathedral as a parish priest. This was an extremely taxing assignment and he was also working on a French translation of the New Testament for Bishop Joseph-Octave Plessis.

He became Bishop Baillargeon in 1851 and archbishop in 1867. He continued to be active in his vocation until his death. Because he had not appointed a coadjutor, two priests, Charles-Félix Cazeau and Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau, served as administrators for a period.

His pastoral work was realistic, enlightened, and wise and contributed to the religious fabric of the country.

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