For those unfamiliar with Southdown (Emmanuel Convalescent Centre) the facility is located in Aurora, Ontario, fifty kilometers north of Toronto and was established in 1965 “with the generous support of the bishops” primarily to provide treatment for alcoholic priests the … Continue reading

Deschamps: Father Gaetan Deschamps

Gaetan Deschamps Gaetan F. Deschamps “Father Gates” Diocesan priest.  Ordained 17 June 1956.  Born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario – was incardinated in Diocese of Prince Albert Saskatchewan. Serving in the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall since the early 1990s. Sexual abuse … Continue reading

“The Gang of Five”

Brief bios and picture of each of the five influential Canadian Roman Catholic bishops who referred to themselves as “the Gang of Five”:  Archbishops Francis Pocock, Emmett and Alexander Carter, George Flahiff csb and Joseph-Aurele Plourde.  All but Joseph-Aurele Plourde … Continue reading

The Gang of Five

Connecting the influential Episcopal dots in and out of Cornwall Bishops Philip Pocock, George Flahiff, Joseph Aurele Plourde and the Carter brothers (Alexander and Emmett) became fast friends who dubbed themselves and became known as the “The Gang of Five.”The … Continue reading

Plourde: Bishop Joseph Aurele Plourde

Joseph Aurele Plourde 12 January 1915:   DOB.  St. Francois de Madarvaska, N.B. (Diocese of Edmunston, New Brunswick) studies at Bathurst College, New Brunswick; Bourget College of Rigaud, Quebec; St. Joseph College in Memramcook, N.B.; and Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax, … Continue reading