Becoming Holy in Early Canada by Timothy G. Pearson

By Timothy G. Pearson

Recent years have witnessed a revival of curiosity in holy figures in Canada. From the reputations of popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI as prolific saint-makers to the canonization of 2 figures linked to Canada - Brother André Bessette in 2010 and Kateri Tekakwitha in 2012 - saints are without notice within the information and a subject of dialog. In changing into Holy in Early Canada, Timothy Pearson explores the roots of sanctity in Canada to find why reputations for holiness built within the early colonial interval and the way saints have been made within the neighborhood and fast contexts of daily life. Pearson weaves jointly the histories of famous figures comparable to Marie de l'Incarnation with these of mostly forgotten neighborhood saints similar to lay brother and wood worker Didace Pelletier and the Algonquin martyr Joseph Onaharé. Adopting an strategy that attracts on functionality idea, ritual experiences, and lived faith, he unravels the expectancies, interactions, and negotiations that constituted holy performances. simply because holy reputations built over the process contributors' lifetimes and in after-death relationships with neighborhood religion groups via trust in miracles, holy lives are most sensible learn as neighborhood, embedded, and contextualized histories. putting colonial holy figures among the poles of neighborhood expectation and the common Catholic theology of sanctity, turning into Holy in Early Canada indicates how reputations constructed and members grew to become neighborhood saints lengthy sooner than they got here to the eye of the church in Rome.

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Sadly, such works from New France are rare – limited to just two examples, this one and a life of the hospital nun Catherine de Saint-Augustin, discussed in chapter five. 43 The faith community of New France, as we shall see, also had their own ways of engaging with these holy women without the mediation of texts that were not, at any rate, written for them. Although formal holy biographies from New France are rare, hagiographic discourses nevertheless survive in significant volume in other forms.

Despite Poutrincourt’s plan to build an agricultural settlement, interests at the French court leaned precipitously toward trade and religion in the new world, rather than toward settlement. For much of the first half of the seventeenth century, New France was little more than a fur-trading and fishing post. But for missionaries and those who supported them in France, New France was first and foremost a mission field. Male and female missionaries travelled there with the intention of sanctifying themselves, the land, and those who lived there, and building a new society among French settlers and Indigenous converts on the basis of an ideal Tridentine model of Catholicism.

When read with an attention to detail and nuance, these various texts and discourses reflect the attitudes and reactions of local audiences at all levels of society to the performances they had witnessed. indd 33 2014-06-03 13:13:45 34 Becoming Holy in Early Canada reveal much about the idiosyncrasies of everyday life and belief that originally endeared local holy persons to their communities. C o n c l u s ion In the years following the Reformation, Europe experienced a devotional revolution that was accompanied by dramatic changes in religious vocations, holy performances, and hagiographic writing.

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