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

Top 2013 bedard.com post: Reason & Doubt

It’s been a long year with lots going on. Thought you might enjoy a little “best of bedard.com.” Have a great New Year! 

This post is about a cousin’s birth announcement which came out during the heart of the Asbestos Strike of 1949 in Thetford Mines, PQ, a seminal event in Québec history.

Ephemera (singular: ephemeron) is any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved.

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Amabilis de Sainte Croix is the Québecois Anne of Green Gables!

51gCWuqc3pL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-51,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_The first reviews for Amabilis de Sainte Croix are in!

Amabilis de Sainte Croix  is the Québecois Anne of Green Gables!” Myles Ambrose, Stendhal Review

“I could not have told the story better had I . . . Continue reading

Virtual Publishing Party – Amabilis of Sainte Croix goes live on Amazon!

51gCWuqc3pL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-51,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Very proud to announce the publishing of my third book which just went live on amazon.com – Amabilis of Sainte Croix, a Québecois woman’s memoires spanning the experiences of four generations from the late 19th to the mid 20th century in rural Québec province. Amabilis’s point . . . Continue reading


Paul Roy is one of my favorite uncles, and I’m lucky to have many. He was a sapper in the Royal Canadian Army during WWII. I don’t have all his service details, but he saw his share of action. Paul got very good handling explosives in the asbestos mines of Thetford Mines. It was said he could set off a charge next to a window without breaking glass.

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