In 1991, an exhibit of the sacred art of Father
Charles Chalifoux, CSSP, was organized by the Committee of the St.
Paul Historical Museum in collaboration with members of the parish
of St. Vincent. Much interest was raised, and in consequence, a
traveling exhibit was prepared. Given the fragility of the artifacts
and the great cost of travel, a small portion of the artwork was
selected to travel. The parish council of St.
Vincent permitted us
to use the church and the parish hall to photograph the artifacts
and lent us linens for the altar and communion rails. Without their
help and that of many other volunteers, the exhibit and this
catalogue would not have been possible. Special thanks to Mme Laura Forrend who provided an eyewitness account of the creation of the
artworks and of the socio-cultural life of the community of St.
Vincent. Her devotion to the memory of Fr. Charles Chalifoux was the
initial inspiration for the collection of his artworks.
- Juliette Champagne