Father Pierre-Célestin (aka Achille Therrien)

Note: The following history was taken from an Assumptionist website, featuring short biographies of some of their most notable brothers. You can access the Assumptionist link here.

You can read about Achille’s letter he wrote to his sister Emérentienne here.

First Canadian Assumptionist

Achille Therrien was born January 3, 1898, in Saint-Adrien d’Irlande, Quebec, Canada.  He received his elementary education with the Sisters . . . Continue reading

The Mourning Dress

A Letter to Emérentienne Therrien Roy from Achille Therrien – 1916

Was Fr. Pierre-Célestin, aka, Achille Therrien, a saint? He inspired Therese Roy in life and liberated her through his death. The letter to Emérentienne Therrien Roy from Achille Therrien, written in May 1916 was a sketch for what was to follow.

You can read the letter here.

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Une lettre pour Emérentienne – 1916

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Translated text of letter from Achille Therrien, boarder at the Petit Seminaire de Quebec, to his sister, Emérentienne Therrien, of Thetford Mines, Province of Québec, Canada dated 2 May 1916. Translated by Pierre Bédard.

Dearest sister,

I remember well when an old beggar named “Bonhomme Vallé” baptized you “Mademoiselle la Tanante.” It would please me to call you that today, if the black angel of death had not come . . . Continue reading

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