Prairies

Location

Official Name O.L. of the Prairies Abbey

42

Country Canada

City Holland

Address P.O. Box 310

Postcode R0G 0X0

Contact Information

Telephone [1] (204) 526-2000

Superior Dom Marcel Carbotte, Abbé 1969-2014, Supérieur ad nutum 2014.

Other Informations

Juridical Status Abbey

Diocese Archidioecesis S. Bonifacii (Saint Boniface)

OCSO Region CAN

Founded/Restored 1892

Origins

Founded by Bellefontaine at St. Norbert, near Winnipeg, in 1892; raised to the rank of priory in 1902 and to the rank of abbey in 1955. Transferred to Holland, Manitoba in 1978.

History

1892, 10 May: Dom Jean-Marie Choutard accepted a property of 300 acres from Mgr. Tache on the Sale River for the construction of a monastery.  Work was immediately begun clearing the site for construction.  This property is located at some distance from Winnipeg and St. Norbert.  The first monks arrived 8 September.  The monastery was blessed 18 October, although still incomplete, which permitted regular life to commence on 6 November.

1897: extensive forest fires near O.L. of the Prairies caused the community much difficulty, unjustly accused of starting the fires.

1903, 5 August: Blessing of the cornerstone of the church and monastery.

1904: Construction continues and the church can be used by the end of the year.

1912, 3 January: the original monastery, by now serving as a guesthouse, is destroyed by fire.

1924: although raised to the rank of priory on 15 February 1901, the first prior is only elected in late1924.

1947, 20 August: Consecration of the monastery church.

1960: 6 priests and 2 brothers are sent from New Melleray to help Prairies.

Father Immediate

Bellefontaine until 1930; thereafter Oka [Val Notre-Dame]

Past Superiors

Louis de BOURMONT — Superior — ?/02/1893 – 02/02/1906
Jean-Baptiste GAUDIN — Superior — 02/02/1906 – 19/09/1910
Théophile RAHARD — Superior — 23/01/1911 – ?/09/1913
Paul PELLETIER — Superior — 21/09/1913 – 12/02/1920
Louis de BOURMONT (2nd time) — Superior — 02/03/1920 – 24/06/1923
Dominique GARANT – Titular Prior — 05/08/1923 – ?/09/1936
Léonard SAINT-JEAN — ? Sup. Ad nutum? — 23/10/1936 – 23/04/1945
Lucien SAINT-PIERRE — Titular Prior — 23/04/1945 – 25/07/1953
Fulgence FORTIER — Sup. Ad nutum — 25/07/1953 – 07/12/1953
Fulgence FORTIER — Prior — 07/12/1953 – ?/10/1955
Fulgence FORTIER — Abbot — ?/10/1955 – 30/11/1969

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