July 17 – ORIGIN OF THE CANADIAN BROTHERS
ORIGIN OF THE CANADIAN BROTHERS
Joseph Vermette (future Brother Orner) was born in the county of Deux Montagnes, Canada, on 17 July 1901. On 17 July 1906, Wilfrid Gauthier (future Brother Theodomir) was born in the county of Arthabaskha. These two counties are in the Province of Quebec and almost all our Canadian Brothers were born there. Out of the 324 dead and living, 9 only were born elsewhere: 6 in Ontario and 3 in Saskatchewan.
The Brothers of Quebec can be divided into three main sectors:
- the twin cities of Montreal (72 Brothers) and Laval (23 Brothers), that is, almost one third in the urban milieu. This evidently disproves the legend that only the countryside is propitious for vocations;
- the sector situated to the north of Montreal and comprising the counties of Deux-Montagnes and Terrebonne, Montcalm, Joliette and Berthier from where hail 96 Brothers (almost a second third);
- the sector that extends the latter further east and which comprises the counties of Maskinonge, Saint-Maurice, Champlain and Portneuf (80 Brothers).
In the counties of La Prairie, Chambly, Vercheres, etc., close to Montreal and called La Monteregie south of StLawrence River, 8 Brothers only were born.. There are 6 from the county of Quebec and 6 also from the “very far” away regions of the north: Abitibi and Temiscamingue. The places of origin of the others (34) are dispersed to the south of Saint-Laurent: counties of Sherbrooke, Drummond, Arthabaskha, Lotbiniere. Most Canadian Brothers are former students of Gabrielite schools.