Blanchet, Francis Norbert
1795 - Born at St. Pierre of the River of the South on September 3rd. Archbishop Francis Norbert Blanchet, the founder of the Archdiocese of Oregon City.
1810 - He entered the Quebec Seminary, together with his brother Augustine-Magloire, who later became the Bishop of Nesqually, today the Archdiocese of Seattle.
1819 - Archbishop Blanchet was ordained on July 18th.
- After serving at the Cathedral for a year, he was sent to the coast of New Brunswick where he served as pastor for seven years.
1827 - He was appointed Pastor of Cedres in the county of Soulange where there was a severe outbreak of cholera.
1838 - Father Blanchet became the Vicar General for the Missions of Oregon, and left on May 3rd for St. Boniface at Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1841 - Selected to help draft the laws of a new government in Oregon on 18th of February.
1843 - Father Blanchet was named Vicar Apostolic and Titular Bishop of Philadelphia on December 1st.
1844 - He left from Vancouver for Montreal and Quebec on November 28th.
1845 - He was consecrated on July 25th, at the Montreal Cathedral.
1846 - Served as the first archbishop of Portland.
1870 - He went to the First Vatican Council and was there on September 26th, when Italian troops overthrew the temporal power of the Papacy.
1883 - Archbishop Blanchet died June 18th, at the age of eighty-seven years, nine months and fifteen days. He was buried in the cemetery at St. Paul, Oregon.
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