|Honorary Degree Recipient, Archbishop M. Baudoux, May 15, 1980 (Photograph Collection, A-6637)|
Convocation date: May 15, 1980
Discipline / contribution: education ; arts and culture
Citation / biographical information:
EMINENT CHANCELLOR, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you Archbishop Maurice Baudoux.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
His Excellency, born in Belgium in 1902, at the age of nine came to Canada, where his family settled at Prud'homme, Saskatchewan.
He studied at Prud'homme, at the College de St. Boniface, at the Grand Seminaries of Edmonton and Quebec. He was awarded his Doctorate of Theology by Laval University in 1929, the year he was ordained a priest.
He served in the diocese of Prince Albert, later in the diocese of Saskatoon when it was created in 1934. He was chosen the first Bishop of St. Paul, Alberta, when this diocese was instituted in 1948. Four years later he became Assistant Archbishop of St. Boniface, Manitoba, and succeeded to this See after three years. Nineteen years later he retired, in 1974. He has been honored by several Canadian Universities in Quebec and Manitoba, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Archbishop Baudoux has been a champion of French-Canadian culture in this province. He has been active with the French-Canadian Cultural Association of Saskatchewan, the French-Canadian School Commissioners' Association, and French radio and TV sponsoring groups.
His concern encompassed also other groups of Canadians, in particular the Hungarian community near Prud'homme. His interest in music has raised the cultural tone of the Church communities and towns he has served. For His Excellency's contribution to Education and the Arts, and for public service. Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Archbishop Baudoux, and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
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