To highlight the 25th anniversary of the death of Paul-Émile Cardinal Léger, a commemorative Mass presided by Archbishop Christian Lépine will be celebrated on November 13, 10:30 a.m. at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.
The eucharist celebration will be preceeded by a special video presentation, from 10:30 to 11:00 am. The doors of the Cathedral's Crypt, where lie the mortal remains of Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger, will be open to the public throughout the day for devotion and prayers.
Paul-Émile Léger was appointed Archbishop of Montreal in 1950. A prolific pastor with a flamboyant personality, he created the radio show Le chapelet en famille and founded the Foyer de charité as well as the Saint-Charles-Borromée Hospital. Starting in 1952, he set up diocesan organizations, such as le Service diocésain des cours sur la Bible and the Inquiry Forum (known today as the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism). In December 1953, he called a diocesan synod. The years that followed were marked by La Grande Mission (1960) and the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).
In November 1967, he announced his resignation and became a missionary in Cameroun. His presence in the Church and in the city took the form of 5,000 addresses, homilies, and speeches given in a very wide range of settings.
« Giving does not impoverish anyone. Isn't sharing the best way to make the world a better place? »
- Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger