Numa Pichette

Numa Pichette

Male 1906 - 1992  (85 years)

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  • Name Numa Pichette  [1
    Born 17 Apr 1906  Nouvelle, Québec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 19 Apr 1906  Nouvelle, Québec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 8.5 
    Census 1 Jun 1911  Nouvelle, Québec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 21 Jun 1921  Campbellton, Restigouche, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Education 1925  Université Sainte-Anne, Pointe-de-l'Église, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ph. D. in Canon Law in 1932
    School Theatre Programme
    School Theatre Programme
    Occupation 19 Jun 1930  [5
    Priest 
    • Father Numa Pichette arranged for the construction of the Notre-Dame-des-Douleurs Church.  It is situated on Victoria Street in Edmundston-East. This design was offered for consideration by businessman Edgar Courchesne.
    Église Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
    Église Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
    Identification Number: 50-C3-1953-75
    Theme(s): Religion, Construction and Architecture, Visual Arts
    Folder Title: Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church: Exterior, construction
    Date: March 1953
    Description: Father Numa Pichette arranged for the construction of the Notre-Dame-des-Douleurs Church.It is situated on Victoria Street in Edmundston-East. This design was offered for consideration by businessman Edgar Courchesne.

    Subjects: New Brunswick, Buildings, Catholic church buildings, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church, Priests, Numa Pichette, Contractors, Edgar Courchesne, Architectural design, Architectural drawing, Madawaska (County), Edmundston
    Creator: Studio Laporte
    Collaborator(s): Diocese of Edmundston
    Source: Cdem Studio Laporte Funds
    Marriage 1 Oct 1932  Hull, Québec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Address: 245, boul. Saint-Joseph, Hull, QC, Canada 
    • Role: Clergy
    Marriage Records, QC, Hull
    Marriage Records, QC, Hull
    Honours 19 Jun 1990  Église Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, Edmundston, Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    60th Anniversary of Priesthood 
    Newspaper Article
    Newspaper Article
    "Notre-Dame-des-Douleurs rend hommage à Mgr Pichette", taken from le Madawaska.
    Died 19 Feb 1992  Edmundston, Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Cause: Cancer du foie 
    Obituary Aft 19 Feb 1992 
    Burial 24 Feb 1992  Cimeitère Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, Edmundston, Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address: 659 Victoria Street, Edmundston, NB, Canada 
    Tombstone, CAN, NB, Edmundston
    Tombstone, CAN, NB, Edmundston
    Name Joseph Numa Pichette 
    Reference Number 106 
    Buried 24 Feb 1992  Edmundston, Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 10 siblings 
    Photos
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    Numa Pichette
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    Lucien Fallu et Numa Pichette
    J'ai trouvé cette photographie de deux cousins amateurs de pêche au saumon dans un vieil album.  À gauche, c'est mon grand oncle Lucien Fallu, le frère cadet de ma grand-mère Geneviève et à droite votre oncle Numa, n'est-ce pas? Une belle prise!
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    Numa et Marguerite Pichette
    Numa et Marguerite Pichette
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    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
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    Numa, Albert, Louis-Philippe et Lionel Pichette
    Numa, Albert, Louis-Philippe, Lionel Pichette
    Numa Pichette
    Numa Pichette
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    Numa Pichette
    Numa Pichette
    Identification Number: 50-C19-1963-73
    Theme(s): Religion
    Folder Title: Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs: Church
    Date: July 1963
    Description: From 1938 to 1971, Msgr. Numa Pichette (1906 - 1992) was Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs parish priest in Edmundston-Est.

    Subjects: New Brunswick, Catholic Church, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church, Priests, Numa Pichette, Madawaska (County), Edmundston
    Creator: Studio Laporte
    Source: Cdem Studio Laporte Funds
    Numa Pichette
    Numa Pichette
    Identification Number: 50-C38-1985-19
    Theme(s): Religion
    Folder Title: Pichette, Msgr. Numa
    Date: 1985(?)
    Description: Msgr. Numa Pichette (1906-1992) was priest at the Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs parish in Edmundston-Est, from 1938 to 1971.

    Subjects: New Brunswick, Catholic Church, Bishops, Numa Pichette, Madawaska (County)Edmundston
    Creator: Studio Laporte
    Source: Cdem Studio Laporte Funds
    Perfection Shirt: Official opening, Numa Pichette
    Perfection Shirt: Official opening, Numa Pichette
    Identification Number: 50-C12-1959-364
    Theme(s): Social, Religion, Business
    Folder Title: Perfection Shirt: Official opening
    Date: June 20, 1959
    Description: Cutting of the ribbon by Harry E. Marmen at the official opening of La Chemise Perfection. To his left is Monsignor Numa Pichette.At the extreme left is Jean-Marc Lafontaine, owner of the business.

    Subjects: New Brunswick, Clothing trade, Men's shirt industry, Clothing factories, Perfection Shirt Limited, Openings (Events), Madawaska (County), Edmundston
    Creator: Studio Laporte
    Source: Cdem Studio Laporte Funds
    Knights of Columbus: Visit of Grand Knight, Numa Pichette
    Knights of Columbus: Visit of Grand Knight, Numa Pichette
    Identification Number: 50-C32-1975-122
    Theme(s): Social, Religion
    Folder Title: Knights of Columbus: Visit of Grand Knight
    Date: September 1975
    Description: Visit of the Knights of Columbus Grand Knight at Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church; from left to right: Doctor John W. McDevitt, supreme knight; Msgr. Edgar Godin, Bathurst bishop and state chaplain; Msgr. Numa Pichette, D. P., almoner of the 4th degree of the Msgr. W. J. Conway Council; Mr. George Jenkins, of Saint John, state deputy.

    Subjects: New Brunswick, Nonprofit organizations, Knights of Columbus, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Madawaska (County), Edmundston
    Creator: Studio Laporte
    Collaborator(s): Le Madawaska, 1er October 1975, p. 5
    Source: Cdem Studio Laporte Funds
    Biography of Numa Pichette
    Biography of Numa Pichette
    Signautre of Numa Pichette
    Signautre of Numa Pichette
    Numa Pichette
    Numa Pichette
    From the Archives of Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph, Saint-Basile, NB.
    Signautre of Numa Pichette
    Signautre of Numa Pichette
    Rue Mgr Numa Pichette
    Rue Mgr Numa Pichette
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    Notes 
    • When very young, he was a student of the Religious Hospitallers in Campbellton and later a boarding school student at the Daughters of Jesus in Dalhousie. He studied at Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière and after at the seminary in Halifax. He was ordained a priest in Campbellton by Bishop Chiasson in 1930 and left to study Canon Law in Rome. In 1938, he became the first parish priest of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Edmundston, where he built a church and a rectory. In recognition of his devotion, he was named Domestic Prelate in 1956 and Apostolic Protonotary in 1961. He was the parish priest in Edmundston East, from 1938 to 1971. Founder of the Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Parish in Edmundston, NB from 1938 to 1971. He was also founder of the Monsignor Pichette Residences in Edmundston, NB. For a complete story of his life, see Robert Pichette's biography: Bâtie sur le Roc (Moncton, NB: Éditions d'Acadie), 1995.

      MONSEIGNEUR NUMA PICHETTE, P.A.

      Monsignor Bingo
      Msgr. Numa Pichette was the target of a hateful petition
      Three illustrations:  Msgr. Pichette shakes hands with Pope John Paul II in Moncton in 1984, Numa Pichette as a Newly ordained priest and the cover art to the book: Bâtie sur le ROC.
      by André Veniot (The Telegraph Journal's Moncton bureau chief).

      His parishioners, and just about everybody else in Madawaska, called him 'Monsignor Bingo.'  It was a term of affection for Msgr. Numa Pichette who created a parish, built a church and a senior's residence, became a radio star, and helped found a college.
      He was not afraid of anyone.  He took on fellow priests, a manager of the Fraser Mill, the city's main employer, and even the powerful politician Jean-Maurice Simard.
      All of this and more is detailed in a new book, Bâtie sur le ROC (Built on the Rock), by his nephew, historian and Telegraph Journal columnist Robert Pichette and published by Les Éditions d'Acadie.
      'He was an old-fashioned priest.  They don't make them like that anymore,' said Robert.
      Indeed they don't.  'Uncle Numa,' as his nephew calls him, was a big man, a devoted - if outspoken and authoritarian - priest who was not above using subterfuge to get his way.

      Numa Pichette was born in 1906, one of six children who lived beyond infancy.  He found his vocation as a student of the Eudist fathers, who taught him at Church Point, Nova Scotia.
      He was ordained a priest in 1930, studied in Rome, was a curate in England for a few months, and was then posted to Chatham, as a bilingual priest, in 1933.
      The town was the centre of a diocese that took in Northumberland, Gloucester, Restigouche, Madawaska, and parts of Victoria and Kent Counties.  The Catholic population was 116,000, of which all but 20,000 were French speaking.
      In his uncle's papers, Robert discovered an amazing petition sent to Bishop Patrice Chiasson because of his uncle's appointment (published in full for the first time as an appendix to the book).
      The petition, written on behalf of the parishioners of the towns of Chatham and Loggieville, maintained that fully 90 per cent of all the Catholics did not speak or understand French yet the bishop and three priests were French-speaking (they were in fact bilingual) and there was only one English-speaking priest (who was also bilingual).
      "It is an established and well recognized fact that entire body of the French speaking clergy have been for years and are today propagandizers for the spread of the French language with the ultimate, though impossible end, of changing the Province of New-Brunswick from an English to a French-speaking province."
      It goes on and on, including an accusation that the "French-speaking clergy" was using every means to further this purpose, even using the confessional to advance French nationalistic interests and influence. 
      "It is astonishing!  It could've been written by members of CoR." said Robert.
      His uncle found out about the petition but Bishop Chiasson forbade any talk of it, "He wanted the unity of the Church." said Robert.  "Uncle Numa thought it was god-awful.  The language was hair-raising for people who professed themselves to be devout Catholics.  The whole thing is racists in the extreme."
      Msgr. Pichette strayed in Chatham for five years.  After a tough time convincing his bishop - who was scared of getting into debt in the middle of the Depression - he built a church in Loggieville.
      "He found out how to administer a parish, how to handle people, and how to handle bishops." said Robert.
      In 1938 he was sent to Edmundston to establish a second parish in that town.  The first thing he did was build a school, using his persuasiveness to convince a local school board, which wasn't ready to build a new school.
      In the forties, he became the first priest to talk about religion on CJEM radio, which reached into northwestern New Brunswick homes every day, five days a week, for nearly 20 years.  "He started at 8 o'clock in the morning and finished at 8L15.  That was our signal, everybody's signal, to go to school," said Robert.
      And Msgr. Pichette began "scientifically organized bingos" - as his nephew calls them.
      "This chap from Quebec came to see him in Edmundston and was going to give him part of the take if Uncle Numa would let him organize a parish bingo.  Uncle Numa played the naïve, listened to him, asked all about how it was done and promptly jotted it down after he left.
      "He decided they could do it themselves.  They wouldn't have to share the take and the parish would benefit greatly - and they did"
      In 1951 Msgr. Pichette built Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Church with the help of key people in the parish and bingo money.  By the time he retired in 1971 - as a Monsignor - he had erased the parish debt and there was money in the bank.
      He was also instrumental in bringing his former teachers, the Eudist fathers, to found the College Saint Louis Maillet, despite the opposition of his fellow priests, who, because they were trained in Quebec, preferred a congregation from Quebec.
      "It was a hell of a fight," said Robert.

      His nephew talks lovingly about his uncle, but doesn't see him through rose-coloured glasses.  Uncle Numa was a "strong personality.  He believed in people.  He was a visionary.  He involved the laity and in that he was absolutely ahead of his time."
      Msgr. Pichette said that when you do something it has to correspond to a need.
      "Your don't talk or write for nothing." said Robert.  "You have to have a purpose.  His purpose in life - and he never doubted it - was that he was a man of God, there to spread the Word.
      "And in the meantime you didn't do this without any means.  He was not a mystic.  You needed money.  Il y a rien qui se fait pour rien - there is nothing that is done for nothing - he'd say.  If you want something you have to pay for it and where do you get it?" said his nephew with a big laugh.
      Msgr. Pichette was extraordinarily healthy all his life until cancer got him when he was 86 in 1992.  Robert had interviewed his uncle many times for the book and as was his way, Uncle Numa tried to get his way.
      In his last days he was in a coma.  He came out of it, asked for some soup and saw his nephew.
      "Robert, I've just thought of something for the book."
      But he never finished his thought.  "I'll never know what it was," said Robert.
      In 1951, Msgr. Pichette built Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows Church.

      He travelled from Southampton, England to Québec on June 23-28 1933.

      He travelled from Cherbourg, France to Québec on June 21-28 1932. [8]
    Person ID I106  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Aug 2016 

    Father Octave Pichette,   b. 21 Jun 1874, Nouvelle, Québec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1944, St. Basile, Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Anne Marguerite Fallu,   b. 16 Dec 1870, Nouvelle, Québec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1957, Edmundston, Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 2 Feb 1897  Église de Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, Nouvelle, Québec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • As they were cousins, they needed to obtain special permission (a 'dispense') to marry.  Octave insisted to wait a while before marrying as he was 5 years younger than Marguerite.  They eloped.
    Marriage Records, CAN, QC, Nouvelle
    Marriage Records, CAN, QC, Nouvelle
    Certificates, CAN, NB, Nouvelle
    Certificates, CAN, NB, Nouvelle
    Joseph Octave Pichette et Marguerite-Anne Fallu
    Joseph Octave Pichette et Marguerite-Anne Fallu
    Marriage Certificate (Photocopy of Copy), CAN, QC, Nouvelle
    Marriage Certificate (Photocopy of Copy), CAN, QC, Nouvelle
    Family ID F29  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Apr 1906 - Nouvelle, Québec, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 19 Apr 1906 - Nouvelle, Québec, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Canadian - 1 Jun 1911 - Nouvelle, Québec, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Canadian - 21 Jun 1921 - Campbellton, Restigouche, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1925 - Université Sainte-Anne, Pointe-de-l'Église, Nova Scotia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - Address: 245, boul. Saint-Joseph, Hull, QC, Canada - 1 Oct 1932 - Hull, Québec, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cancer du foie - 19 Feb 1992 - Edmundston, Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - Address: 659 Victoria Street, Edmundston, NB, Canada - 24 Feb 1992 - Cimeitère Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, Edmundston, Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 24 Feb 1992 - Edmundston, Madawaska, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S324] Canadian Census 1911-Joseph Pichette, Canada. Québec., (n.d.), district 148 Bonaventure, sub-district 23, Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste, p. 9, dwelling 66, family 67; (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S425] Baptism Records-Numa Pichette, Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste (Nouvelle, Québec, Canada), accessed 15 Aug 2013 (Reliability: 3), 15 Aug 2013.

    3. [S491] Census, Canada, 1911, Canada., (Ancestry. 1911 Census of Canada [database on-line]. www.ancestry.ca : 2006), district 148, sub-district 23, St Jean L'Évangéliste, p. 9, family 67, Joseph Pichette; (www.ancestry.ca : accessed 29 Jul 2015) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S484] Census, Canada, 1921, Canada., (Ancestry. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. www.ancestry.ca : 2013), district 45, sub-district 21, Campbellton, p. 38, Joseph O Pichette; (www.ancestry.ca : accessed 14 Jul 2015) (Reliability: 3), 3 Dec 2015.

    5. [S333] Newspaper Article-Numa Pichette (Hommage), New Brunswick. Edmunston., "Notre-Dame-des-Douleurs rend hommage à Mgr Pichette," June 20, 1990, p. 9A. (Reliability: 3), 11 Jul 2013.

    6. [S578] Church Records, Saint-Joseph de Wrightville, Saint-Joseph (Hull, Québec, Canada), (Ancestry. www.ancestry.ca.), "Registres photographiés au greffe de Hull," Lionel Pichette & May Kipp's Marriage Record; accessed 08 Jan 2016 (Reliability: 4).
      Le premier d'octobre mil neuf cent trente-deux vu la dispense d'un ban de mariage accordée par l'ordonnance du diocèse et après la publication des deux autres bans faites au près des messes paroissiales entre: Joseph Lionel Pichette, médecin Docteur, domicilié en la paroise Notre-Dame de Hull, fils majeur de Joseph Pichette et de Marguerite Fallu d'une part et May Kipp, fille majeur de Sylva Kipp et de feu Malida May de cette paroisse d'autre part ne s'étant déclaré aucun empèchement, nous prêtre soussigné dûment autorisé par ceux de la paroise avons requis et recu leur mutuel consentement et avons beni leur mariage en présence de Joseph Pichette, père et témoi de l'époux.  Sylva Kipp, père et témoin de l'épouse qui ?? que les conjointes ont signé avec nous.  Les époux ont déclaré n'avoir pas signé de contrat de mariage.  Lecture faite.  May Kipp (Signature), J. Lionel Pichette (Signature), S. Kipp (Signature), N. Pichette ptre

    7. [S331] Newspaper Article-Numa Pichette (The New Brunswick Reader), New Brunswick. Edmundston., "Monsignor Bingo," Nov 25 1995, p. 22. (Reliability: 3), 11 Jul 2013.

    8. [S332] Immigration Records-Numa Pichette, Canada., accessed 22 Jul 2013 (Reliability: 3), 22 Jul 2013.

    9. [S553] Church Marriage Records, Octave Pichette and Marguerite Fallu's Marriage Certificate (Copy) (1973) marriage, issued 1897 (Reliability: 3), 29 Nov 2015.
      Date : Le 7 décembre 1973
      COPIE
      M-1-Pichette Joseph-Octave & Marguerite Fallu : Le deux février, mil huit cent quatre-vint-dix-sept, vu la dispense du deuxième au troisième dégré de consanguinité et aussi celle de deux bans de mariage accordées par Messire OMER Normandeau, Vicaire Forain de Carleton en date du vint-huit janvier dernier, et après la plublication d'un ban de mariage faite au prône de notre messe paroissiale le dimanche précédent entre Joseph-Octave Pihcette, forgeron, de cette paroisse, fils majeur de Octave Pichette cultivateur et de Philomène Ferlatte de cette paroisse d'une part; et Marguerite Fallu de cette paroisse, fille majeur de Philippe Fallu, cultivateur, et de Sophie Berthelot, aussi de cette paroisse, d'autre-part, ne s'étant découvert aucun empêchement de mariage, nous prêtre, curé soussigné, avon reçu leur mutuelle consentement de mariage et leur avons donné la bénédiction numptiale, en présence d'Octave Pichette père de l'épous qui a déclaré ne savoir signer, de Louis Pichette, de Lucie + frère de l'époux et d'Albert Fallu frère de l'épouse, qui ont signé ainsi que les futurs et quelques amis, lecture faite.  Pichette+soeur Marguerite Anna Fallu  Joseph Octave Pichette Lucie Pichette  M.A.Guité  Horence Arseneau  Louis Pichette  Albert Fallu.

      Octave Drapeau, Ptre, curé.

      Certifié conforme à l'original
      le 7 décembre, 1973 à Nouelle, Co. Bon. P.Qué
      Alfred Gallant, Ptre, curé
      Par Alfred Gallant, Ptre, curé.