• Archdiocese



Third Bishop and first Archbishop of Montreal
Édouard-Charles Fabre

Archbishop Fabre exhibited, very early during his tenure, a bright mind, gifts as a speaker, and self-composure. Without an auxiliary, he ordained 210 priests from his diocese and 820 more from Canadian or American dioceses, all trained in the Grand Seminary of Montreal. In times of economic crisis, he first came to the assistance of poor parishes, then to the unemployed by organizing a collection through the whole diocese and, with Father Labelle, by promoting land settlement. In 1889, he obtained from Rome the almost total independence of the University of Montreal from Université Laval.

Arrival of religious communities

1881 The Trappists
1884 The Redemptorists
1886 The Marist Brothers
The Brothers of Christian Instruction
1887 The Little Sisters of the Poor
1888 The Brothers of Saint Gabriel
1890 The Franciscans
The Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament
1894 The Congregation of Mary (Montfortians)
The Brothers of the Sacred Heart


The University of Montreal becomes practically independent from Université Laval.