Paul Grégoire

Paul Grégoire, OC (October 24, 1911 – October 30, 1993) was a Canadian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Montreal from 1968 to 1990, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1988.

Paul Grégoire
Cardinal, Archbishop of Montreal
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InstalledApril 20, 1968
Term endedMarch 17, 1990
PredecessorPaul-Émile Léger
SuccessorJean-Claude Turcotte
Other postsAuxiliary Bishop of Montreal
OrdinationMay 22, 1937
Created cardinalJune 28, 1988
Personal details
Born(1911-10-24)October 24, 1911
Viauville, Montreal, Quebec
DiedOctober 30, 1993(1993-10-30) (aged 82)
Ordination history
Priestly ordination
DateMay 22, 1937
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byPaul-Émile Léger
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Paul Grégoire as principal consecrator
Leonard James CrowleyFebruary 8, 1971
Gérard TremblayMarch 20, 1981
Jude Saint-AntoineMarch 20, 1981
Jean-Claude TurcotteApril 14, 1982
Gilles LussierDecember 23, 1988


Paul Grégoire was born in Viauville, Montreal, to J. Albert Grégoire and Marie Lavoie, but his family moved to Verdun shortly after his birth. He had two younger brothers, but his parents later adopted nine of his cousins. He studied at the Minor Seminary of St. Thérèse in Blainville from 1925 to 1933, and then at the Major Seminary of Montréal from 1933 to 1937, where he obtained a licentiate in theology. He was ordained a priest on May 22, 1937, and then taught at St. Thérèse in Blanville until 1939. From 1939 to 1942, he furthered his studies at the University of Montréal, where he earned doctorates in philosophy and history, licentiate in letters, and diploma in pedagogy.

In 1979, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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