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Week of July 2, 2007
Shrine's eyes resolved priest's devotion
When he saw statue of Mary's eyes open, Fr. Frederic affirmed his cause to the holy rosary
Blessed Frederic Janssoone – August 5
By TED FITZGERALD
- WCR photo by Ted Fitzgerald
Fr. Frederic is entombed in the Franciscan Chapel of St. Anthony in Trois Rivieres.
Called back to Palestine, it would be another seven years before he would be able to begin the new phase of his life.
Father arrived back at the Cape just in time to participate in the formal dedication of the new church to the holy rosary in June 1888. Within a few days, his decision to work here was reaffirmed when he and two others witnessed the miraculous opening of the eyes of the shrine's statue of Mary.
He immediately embarked on a full schedule of preaching, writing and travel to encourage interest in the shrine and achieved instant success as a charismatic speaker and a kind, thoughtful pastor, constantly seeking the means to assist the poor of the area.
Good Father Frederic passed to his heavenly reward in 1916 and, following elaborate funeral services at Montreal, Trois Rivieres and Cap de la Madeleine, he was entombed in the Franciscan chapel of St. Anthony on rue St. Maurice and blvd. Laviolette in Trois Rivieres. Here, in 1938, a shrine was established to assist in promoting the holy man's cause for sainthood.
Throughout his life he was an inspiration to others and his intercession is claimed in connection with a number of miraculous cures.
In addition to praying at his simple white tomb-reliquary, visitors may also enjoy a small museum featuring photos and artefacts relating to the good man's life.
Each year, the life of Blessed Frederic Janssoone, beatified in 1988 by Pope John Paul II, is celebrated in the Canadian Church as an optional memorial on Aug. 5 to honour beloved Le Bon Pere Frederic.
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