Un commentaire sur “145 – Confirmations à Québec en 1667

  1. You ask: « Pourquoi confirmer ces personnes deux jours avant leur départ pour la France? D’autres matelots de navires sont confirmés le 15 août. » Soldiers in the Carignan Regiment arriving from France in 1665 were also confirmed before being sent to combat the Iroquois. For one reason or another, they had not yet been confirmed in France but were in danger of losing their lives. The influx of so many men from France caused “the church to look at their spiritual fitness. Then they were found to be wanting by Canadian standards.” There were some Huguenots and also relapsed Catholics, as well as many who had never received the sacrament of Confirmation. The conferring of Confirmation had been lax in France. Jesuit Father Claude Dablon delivered “two powerful sermons . . . on consecutive mornings.” Some soldiers converted to Catholicism. With these soldiers about to face possible death, it was felt they should receive the sacrament from Bishop Laval, and thus be fortified with the Holy Spirit. Sources: Jack Verney, The Good Regiment, The Carignan-Salières Regiment in Canada 1665-68, Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1991, p. 23. And , p. 24, citing Order to the Sieur de La Fredière, 27 August 1667, Collection Moreau Saint-Méry, vol. 3, pt. 2.

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