Bishop Delaquis

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Nöel Delaquis was born December 25, 1934 in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Manitoba. After his classical studies, he entered the major seminary in Quebec and was ordained to the priesthood on June 5, 1958. Continuing his studies, he was awarded a Licentiate in Theology from Laval and a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Lateran University in Rome.

Returning to the Archdiocese of St. Boniface, he was successively parish assistant, professor at the major seminary from 1962 to 1970, and then Chancellor of the Archdiocese.

Named Bishop of Gravelbourg on December 3, 1973, he was consecrated at St. Boniface on February, 1974, and took possession of his See on March 5.

During his episcopate, he brought the Madonna House Apostolate to the diocese and helped them establish a Poustinia in the former Precious Blood Monastery.

In his time, the Oblates left College Mathieu and transferred its direction to a lay board.

A serious car accident in December, 1989 impaired his health, and eventually forced his early retirement, which was announced in May of 1994. He was replaced in 1995, and is at present (2003) residing in St. Boniface, his diocese of origin. 

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