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Two new Canadian saints declared: Queen's University experts


Queen’s University experts Jacalyn Duffin and Robert Dennis are available to discuss the declaration of two Canadian saints: Marie de L’incarnation, an Ursuline nun, and Francois de Laval, the first Archbishop of Quebec City.

“The forthcoming canonization of two more French-born Canadians - Marie de L'Incarnation Guyart and Monsieur Laval - recognizes their historical virtues, but it also represents a departure from tradition,” says Dr. Duffin. “Pope Francis has dispensed with the need for a miracle after beatification, a direction favoured by some members of the Church.”

The declaration will take place without a full canonization ceremony.

“Not only is this declaration significant because these men and women lived in New France, but because their sainthood is the product of a scholarly look at their lives of holiness rather than the attribution of miracles," says Mr. Dennis.

Dr. Duffin also holds the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Humanities) and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Mr. Dennis is currently Vice-President of the Canadian Catholic Historical, as well as a PhD candidate Department of History and a lecturer in the School of Religion at Queen’s.

Please note that Dr. Duffin is not available for television.









To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Rosie Hales at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.ca, or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca.

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