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Br. Joseph L. Seguin

Mar. 19, 1838 - May 30, 1921

Br. Joseph Seguin, CSV, died on May 30, 1921 at the infirmary of St. Viator College in Bourbonnais after an acute attack of pleural pneumonia. He was 83 years old.

Br. Seguin was born March 19, 1838 in Rigaud, Quebec, Canada.  As a young man, Seguin heard the call of God and in 1850 he entered Bourget College with the intention of preparing himself for the priesthood.  Although he was physically feeble, his college career was a series of brilliant achievements, especially in math and science.  In 1859 he entered the course of theology and was ready for sacred orders in 1863, however he was declined to advance further at that time.

While giving himself time and opportunity for further discernment, Seguin taught at Bourget College from 1863-1868.  His opportunity came in July of 1868, when he entered the Novitiate of the Clerics of St. Viator in Joliette, Quebec, Canada.   He made his first profession of vows on August 14, 1869 at the age of 31 and was assigned to Joliette College.

Br. Seguin came to the United States in 1872 to teach math and science at St. Viator College in Bourbonnais for three years. However, he traveled back and forth to Canada due to his frail health.  In 1883, he returned to Bourbonnais where he remained until his death.  During these later years, he became involved in theology, music and literature, authoring numerous articles and poems.

In 1907, Br. Seguin retired from the classroom, but continued tutoring and writing, while still living at the college.

His funeral Mass took place at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Bourbonnais with eulogies by Rev. Eugene Rivard, CSV, provincial and Rev. F.M. Roberge, CSV, from Canada.  Burial was at the Community cemetery in Bourbonnais.

 

Taken from obit in the 1921 Annuaire published by the General Direction, pp. 115-125