Léger, P. S. S., Paul Émile (1904-1991)

Birth
April 26, 1904, Valleyfield, Canada.

Education
Seminary of Sainte-Thérèse, Valleyfield; Seminary of Montréal, Montréal; Catholic Institut, Paris.

Priesthood
Ordained, May 25, 1929, Montréal. Joined the Society of Priests of Saint-Sulpice, Faculty member of Theological Seminary, Paris, and assistant master of novices of his congregotion in Paris, 1929-1933.

Founder and faculty member of Fukuoka Seminary, Japan, 1933-1939.

Faculty member of Theological Seminary, Montréal, 1939-1940.

Vicar general and cathedrol pastor of Montréal, 1940-1947.

Domestic prelate, September 29, 1942.

Rector of Pontifical Canadian College, Rome, 1947-1950.

Episcopate
Elected archbishop of Montréal, March 25, 1950.

Consecrated, April 26, 1950, Rome, by Cardinal Adeodato Giovanni Piazza, O.C.D, bishop of Sabina e Poggio Mirteto, secretary of S.C. Consistorial.

Cardinalate 
Created cardinal priest, January 12, 1953. 

Received red hat and title of S. Maria degli Angeli, January 15, 1953. 

Papal legate to closing of Marian Holy Year, Lourdes, France, November 21, 1954.

Papal legate for coronation of image of Saint-Joseph, Montréal, July 21, 1955.

Papal legate 1958.

Participated in conclave of 1958.

Attended II Vatican Council, 1962-1965. 

Participated in conclave of 1963. 

Attended I Ordinary Assembly of World Synod of Bishops, Vatican City, September 29-October 29, 1967.

Resigned pastoral government of archdiocese, April 20, 1968, to serve as a missionary in a leprosory in Yaoundé, Camerun, Africa.

Participated in conclave of August 25-26, 1978.

Participated in conclave of October 14-16, 1978. 

Attended I Plenary Assembly of Sacred College of Cardinals, Vatican City, November 5-9, 1979. 

Lots right to participate in conclave when turned 80 years of age, April 26, 1984.

Death 

November 13, 1991, Montréal. 

Buried, Bishop's Chapel, Mary Queen of the World metropolitan cathedral, Montreal. 

Last surviving cardinal of Pius XII.

Bibliography
Thompson, Donald. Le cardinal Léger, c'etat un saint: un aperçu de la vie et de l'ouevre du cardinal Paul-Emile Léger. Montreal: Edimag, 1992. 

(Salvador Miranda) http://www.fiu.edu/~mirandas/cardinals.htm 

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