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Rev. Leon Boisvert

Feb. 20, 1822 - May 28, 1867

Rev. Leon Boisvert, CSV, died on May 28, 1867 in Bourbonnais following a serious illness. He was 45 years old.

Born in Sainte-Croix, Quebec, Canada on Feb. 20, 1822, a young Leon Boisvert attended the Clerics of St. Viator Novitiate in Joliette. He pronounced his first vows on Aug. 9, 1849 and perpetual vows on Aug 3. 1859.  He was ordained to the priesthood on Jan 22, 1860 at Coteau Saint-Louis in Montreal.

He taught at Viatorian institutions in Chambly and Lonqueiel, in Quebec and after ordination became the pastor at Saint-André-d’Argenteuil Church, in Argenteuil, Quebec, before coming to the United States.

In August of 1866, Fr. Boisvert came to Illinois to serve as the pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Beaverville and St. Anne Church in St. Anne, IL. He became ill in March of 1867 and was transferred to Bourbonnais for care, where he subsequently died.

The Rev. Peter Beaudoin, CSV, assisted by the Rev. Pierre Paradis, pastor of St. George Church, celebrated the funeral Mass on May 31 at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Bourbonnais. He was buried under the south side altar of the church.

Taken from notes in the Provincial Confrere file