Father John of the Trinity, Prophet...

Father John of the Trinity, Prophet without Permit

Captivating narrative of the life of Father John of the Trinity, his adventures, the persecutions he has withstood, the foundation of the Community he directs: The Order of the Magnificat of the Mother of God.  Fascinating, easy-to-follow biographical and historical material. Ample photos and documents; chronological and onomastic tables.

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by Jean Côté.  Captivating narrative of the life of Father John of the Trinity, his adventures, the persecutions he has withstood, the foundation of the Community he directs: The Order of the Magnificat of the Mother of God.  Fascinating, easy-to-follow biographical and historical material. Ample photos and documents; chronological and onomastic tables, 400 pages.

He had to be shot down and demolished in the public eye.  Harassment, intimidation and threats, police raids, abusive arrests, physical and moral violence, trials and prison... nothing has been spared Father John Gregory of the Trinity and his disciples, the Apostles of Infinite Love.

In this fascinating account, Jean Côté relates the true story of the most incredible religious persecution ever perpetrated in the history of Quebec, against a man who could only be reproached for his great humility, his compassion for the poor, and his ardor in the service of Truth and Righteousness.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOREWORD .....Page 17

1. THE TREMBLAY SAGA .....19

-- Pierre Tremblay, Gaston's great-grandfather .....19
-- Adelaide Tremblay, his great-grandmother .....19
-- Adjutor Tremblay weds Bertha Desgagné .....24
-- The twelve Tremblay children .....24

2. A DIFFERENT KIND OF BOY .....27

-- Gaston Tremblay's birth and childhood .....27
-- The cloistered nuns make an impression on him .....27
-- Too quiet for his age .....28
-- Adjutor spoils his children .....29
-- Father Bélanger's walks .....30
-- Gaston's first communion .....30
-- “Don't go there” -- wedding reception and circus .....31
-- Conversation with a ghost .....33

3. A SCHOOLBOY SPEAKS OUT .....35

-- Little Gaston afraid of attending school .....35
-- The dreaded Brothers of the Cross of Jesus .....35
-- Brother Eugene, an exceptional educator .....37
-- Gaston is happy in the Sacred Heart Brothers' school .....38
-- A colorful character .....39
-- Brother Albert in hot water .....40
-- Gaston speaks out at the 4-H election .....42
-- The Lieutenant Governor's Medal .....46

4. RIMOUSKI: THE BISHOP'S BASTION .....47

-- Historical note .....47
-- The hermit of St. Barnaby Island .....47
-- The reign of Bishop Georges Courchesne .....49
-- Charles Henri Morissette at the Bishop's service .....49
-- Scottish soldiers sent packing .....53
-- Vallee the moonshiner .....53
-- Mrs. Tremblay generous with her neighbors .....55
-- Life in the Tremblay home .....57
-- Jean Baptiste Plourde, the friend of Brother André .....58
-- Our Lady of the Sacred Heart speaks to young Gaston .....59
-- “You're more Catholic than the pope!” .....60
-- Gaston's vocation disappoints his parents .....60
-- Wild alumni reunion at Rimouski Seminary .....62
-- Gaston visits little Ronaldo Proulx .....64
-- Gaston's parents give their consent .....67
-- Gaston chooses the Hospitaler Brothers of St. John of God .....67
-- Heartrending separation .....68

5. THE SPIRIT BREATHES WHERE IT WILL .....71

-- Life at the Our Lady of Mercy Hospital .....71
-- Gaston studies nursing .....72
-- Daily contact with death .....73
-- Mr. Delorme, an outstanding patient .....73
-- Mr. Brunet and his mask .....74
-- Gaston receives the name of Brother John Grande .....75
-- 1947 and 1949: mystifying visions of the future .....75
-- Father Henri Saey orients Brother John .....77
-- Father Exupère gives Brother John his blessing .....80

6. THE PATH OF HOPE .....81

-- Moving toward the fulfillment of God's plan .....82
-- The cradle of the budding community .....83
-- Brother Gilles, the first disciple .....83
-- Cardinal Paul Emile Leger takes Brother John under his wing .....84
-- Brother Mongrain initiates the Brothers in construction work .....86
-- Manoir Armand at Rivière des Prairies .....86
-- Decree of erection of the Brothers of Jesus Mary .....88
-- Father Anselme Longpré lends his support .....88
-- The decree generates discontent .....90
-- Mother Rita Mary of Jesus and the Recluse Sisters .....91
-- Brother John's first trip to Europe .....92
-- Robbed in St. Peter's Square .....92
-- Warm hospitality of the Sacerdotal Fraternity .....93
-- Pilgrimage to Lourdes .....94
-- Return to Quebec .....95
-- Father Armand, a valuable spiritual counsellor .....95

7. THREE DAYS TO GET OUT .....97

-- Jeanne d'Arc Dupré and St. Adolphe d'Howard .....97
-- Bishop Emilien Frenette welcomes Brother John .....98
-- Miss Dupré's ultimatum .....98
-- Father Savage understands, but can do nothing to help .....99
-- The Marquise De Linières' camp .....99
-- An old trooper invades Brother John .....100
-- The Brothers of Jesus Mary reorganize .....103
-- St. André d'Argenteuil .....104
-- Kindly Canon Alderic Dulude .....104
-- Cardinal Leger gives courage to Brother John .....106
-- Criticized by some, admired by others .....107
-- Bishop Frenette wants the Brothers for his bishopric .....109
-- The Brothers move to St. Hippolyte .....109
-- “God wants religious like you...” Father Gagnon .....111
-- Father Arthur Viau, priest of Mary .....111
-- Joseph Paradis, a generous benefactor .....113
-- Chicken-coop chapel .....114
-- Bishop Frenette's arbitrary order .....114
-- Mr. Paradis revolted and inconsolable .....114
-- A letter destroyed in the name of obedience .....115

8. FROM PILLAR TO POST .....119

-- Off to the Gaspé .....119
-- Bishop Mongo invites the Brothers to come to Africa .....120
-- Father René Gagnon keeps in touch with Brother John .....120
-- Paul Bernier, the new Bishop of Gaspé .....121
-- Cardinal Leger speaks in favor of Brother John .....122
-- “I give you full authorization...” Bishop Bernier .....123
-- Brother Célestin's predictions .....124
-- Louis Lachapelle jeopardizes Brother John .....128
-- Bishop Bernier's anathema .....128
-- Mr. and Mrs. Aurelien Blanchet, good friends .....129
-- Looking for a new home .....130
-- The Brothers move to St. Jovite .....131
-- “This is the place...” Father Viau .....132
-- Father Plaisance's prediction .....133
-- Father Maxime Brunet joins Brother John .....134
-- Bishop Eugene Limoges rejects the idea of a new community .....135
-- Bishop Georges Cabana of Sherbrooke invites Brother John .....135
-- The Brothers move to Ham Sud .....136
-- The rectory goes up in smoke .....137
-- The Brothers return to St. Jovite .....138
-- The Virgin takes possession of her domain .....138
-- Charles Fournel, clairvoyant electrician .....139
-- New attempts to convince Bishop Limoges .....140

9. CLEMENT XV ENTERS THE SCENE .....143

-- The new Company of Mary .....143
-- The Order of the Mother of God of La Salette .....143
-- A short flashback .....144
-- The motherhouse of the Order of the Mother of God .....145
-- Foundation of the Order of the Mother of God in France .....145
-- The mission of Father Michel Collin .....145
-- Father Michel Collin and Brother John recognize each other .....147
-- Yves Germain invites Clement XV to Canada .....148
-- Brother John in Rome with Jean Charette .....149
-- Mrs. Thibault, the seeress of the Mother of Salvation .....150
-- The Virgin gives a message to Brother John .....151
-- Off to France and Clémery .....153
-- Father John's ordination .....155
-- Father John's episcopal consecration .....155
-- The role of prophets .....156
-- Portrait of Father Michel Collin, Clement XV .....156
-- Clement XV predicts the death of John XXIII .....158
-- The Council of Lyons .....159
-- Father Durando and the Third Secret of Fatima .....159

10. AGAINST WIND AND WAVE .....163

-- The bishops in a fury .....163
-- Bishop Limoges' communiqué .....163
-- Father Pierre E. Théorêt .....164
-- Vocations stream into St. Jovite .....165
-- The site of the Monastery of the Apostles .....166
-- Mother Imelda and the Sisters' branch .....166
-- Father John answers curious questions .....168
-- An invalid excommunication .....169
-- Monsignor Mercure in disarray .....169
-- People come and go .....170
-- Buildings cropping up .....172
-- Large material organization .....172
-- The farms play their part .....172
-- The lay branch: the Disciples .....174
-- Cardinal Leger is invited to the Magnificat .....175

11. THE WEAPON OF CALUMNY .....177

-- War of nerves in view of destroying the Apostles .....177
-- The fanaticism of Gilberte Côté-Mercier .....179
-- Father John brutally beaten by the White Berets .....180
-- The lowest degree of all: calumny .....182
-- Father De Prato's defamations .....182
-- The media starts taking potshots at Father John .....185
-- The judicial machine rolls into gear .....186
-- Victorien Boucher .....187
-- Germain Blais .....187
-- Louis Douziech .....188
-- Judith Paquette .....188
-- Joseph Radelet .....189
-- Joseph Biesemans .....189
-- Father Joachim Thierney, Trappist .....189
-- Carmen and Dorian Sevigny .....190
-- Pauline Short .....190
-- Shirley Spangler .....191
-- Ruth Ann Guzal .....191
-- Paula Ryan .....191
-- Marie Brault .....192
-- Claude Bigras .....192
-- Alain and Normand Gingras .....193
-- The hidden children of St. Jovite .....193
-- Another “legal” kidnapping .....194
-- One-way ecumenism .....195

12. THE APOSTLES' DAILY LIFE .....197

-- The Order of the Mother of God and the rule .....197
-- Monastic life of the Apostles of Infinite Love .....197
-- Religious habit of the Apostles of Infinite Love .....198
-- The Apostles' daily schedule .....198

13. CLEMENT XV ABANDONS HIS FLOCK .....203

-- A difficult prophetic mission .....203
-- Clement XV with the Apostles .....205
-- Clement XV's journeys to North America .....205
-- Clement XV subjected to bad influence .....206
-- Clement XV joins the detractors .....206
-- A bitter cup for Father John .....207
-- The shepherd abandons his flock .....209
-- Gregory XVII succeeds Clement XV .....210

14. THE PACK IS UNLEASHED .....213

-- Prelude to the war .....213
-- Warrant for the Magnificat children .....213
-- Deputy Hubert Murray intervenes .....214
-- Stifle the Church without bloodshed .....214
-- Infamous raid to remove children from their parents .....215
-- Father Jean Marie in the paddy wagon! .....216
-- Government ministries combine against the Apostles .....217
-- Testimony of several eyewitnesses .....217
-- Apostles in the St. Jerome jail .....223
-- Juicy headlines in the papers .....224
-- Second police raid on the Magnificat .....224
-- A ferocious opponent: Attorney André Fauteux .....225
-- Magnificat parents protest .....226
-- Father John among the ten most wanted criminals .....229
-- Mrs. Thibault offered $4,000 for information .....230
-- The Thibault family in Social Welfare Court .....231
-- The Crown's unacceptable conditions .....233
-- Strange but true! .....235

15. THE APOSTLES ON THE REBOUND .....237

-- Time Magazine interviews Father John .....237
-- Reply to Raoul Sevigny's complaints .....240
-- Hubert Peeters defends the Apostles .....242
-- On appeal in St. Jerome Superior Court .....249
-- Attorney Gilles Duguay decries Crown irregularities .....249
-- Injustice has free reign in high places .....252
-- A desperate telegram .....252
-- American families brave police .....253
-- An early morning raid with tragic consequences .....253
-- Seven American children kidnapped by police .....256
-- A well-deserved satire for Corporal Côté .....257
-- Harassed day and night .....260
-- The Apostles win in Superior Court .....261
-- Judge Trudelle joins in .....262

16. THE HEAT IS ON .....265

-- The bishops send Father John a message in prison .....265
-- A mission undertaken in obedience to God .....265
-- Reactions to Vatican II .....266
-- “Rome will lose the Faith...” Our Lady of La Salette .....267
-- Magnificat Editions, the publishing arm .....267
-- A Sacred Heart of incomparable dimensions .....268
-- Pontifical Coronation of Gregory XVII .....270
-- “This burden has been imposed upon me by God.” Father John .....272
-- Motto and coat of arms of Gregory XVII .....273
-- The encyclical Peter Speaks to the World .....273
-- Gregory XVII: a thorn for both right and left .....274
-- Nostradamus prophesies Gregory XVII .....275
-- John XXIII's strange prophecy .....276
-- Arson destroys the Monastery of the Magnificat .....277
-- Government has not a penny for the Apostles .....278
-- Generous public response .....279
-- The Magnificat rises from its ashes .....280
-- The Apostles spread throughout the world .....280
-- An irrefutable book: Saul, why do you persecute Me? .....283
-- Death of Paul VI and John Paul I .....285
-- Police brutality against Sister Apostles .....285
-- Sisters jailed in Sherbrooke .....286
-- Jailed for begging in Jonquière .....286
-- The Apostles decry police behavior .....287
-- Systematic religious persecution .....292
-- Immigration hassles .....293
-- A dreadful blow in preparation in the wings .....294

17. WHOM DO YOU SEEK ? .....299

-- Camille Samson preoccupied about Father John's fate .....299
-- Samson's intervention in the Quebec National Assembly .....299
-- The Minister of Justice is intransigent .....300
-- Arrest and jailing of Father John .....302
-- Enumeration of appearances in court .....302
-- Cardinal Emmett Carter exercises his zeal .....303
-- Toronto police get into the act .....303
-- Bishop Simeon Oualli of Guadeloupe exasperated by the Apostles .....303
-- The bishop has the Apostles deported from Guadeloupe .....304
-- The White Berets lend Bishop Oualli a hand .....305
-- Bishop Ernest Cabo walks in his predecessor's footsteps .....305
-- Sister Mary of the Cross jailed in Guadeloupe .....306
-- 1,724 protest signatures against Father John's imprisonment .....310
-- Premier René Lévesque ignores the petition .....310
-- Judge Gerard Girouard refuses to release Father John .....310

18. THE WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING .....313

-- Super raid on the Magnificat .....313
-- The troops begin the assault .....314
-- The police open fire .....315
-- Three warrants, twelve arrests .....316
-- In Parthenais prison, Father John learns the bitter news .....317
-- Sixteen days behind bars for Mother Therese .....317
-- A game of cat-and-mouse .....318
-- The plaintiff in the kidnapping case .....319
-- The Currier family at the Magnificat .....319
-- Bill Currier leaves without telling anyone .....321
-- A family conflict .....321
-- Mother Germaine helps Mrs. Currier .....322
-- Moral portrait of Bill Currier .....324
-- False and contradictory testimony .....328
-- The court accepts Bill Currier's deceitful version .....335

19. A PITILESS SENTENCE .....337

-- From Caiphas to Pilate to obtain release on bail .....338
-- “The detention is illegal,” declares Court of Appeal .....339
-- Father John is released, but not for long .....339
-- Religion on trial before Judge Jean Guy Boilard .....340
-- Msgr. Raymond Lavoie testifies for the Defense .....340
-- Father John Gregory's testimony .....344
-- A pretext covering a vile scheme .....349
-- Guilty verdict pronounced against Father John .....349
-- Mrs. Currier speaks her mind .....349
-- Extracts of the Boilard judgment .....350
-- Sentenced to two years in the penitentiary .....352
-- Comments concerning the judgment .....352
-- Father John goes on appeal .....356
-- Maurice Champagne-Gilbert's obnoxious campaign .....356
-- Do we want another Jonestown in Quebec?” .....357
-- Justice thinks it has achieved its purpose .....357
-- Numerous legal errors in the Boilard judgment .....358
-- The Court of Appeal upholds the judgement .....360
-- The ultimate hope: Supreme Court .....360
-- Supreme Court refuses to hear Father John's case .....362
-- Father John Gregory turns himself in to do his time .....362

20. A MANMADE HELL .....367

-- The first painful shock .....367
-- Convicts take a liking to Father John .....367
-- A glance at the prison system .....369
-- “I went to the school of life.” Father John .....372
-- Voluminous petition to the Prime Minister of Canada .....372
-- Chief Justice Bora Laskin asked to review the case .....373
-- The Chief Justice's laconic reply .....375
-- The Brothers demonstrate in Ottawa .....376
-- Céline Hervieux-Payette protests .....376
-- The Minister of Justice replies three months later .....376
-- Minister Bédard's tender concern .....377
-- Father John is finally released .....377

EPILOGUE .....379

ONOMASTIC TABLE .....383

INDEX OF PLACE NAMES .....389

CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE .....393

OTHER REFERENCES .....398

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