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FABRE, Charles Edward, Canadian R. C. archbishop, born in Montreal, 28 February 1827. At the age of nine he was sent to the College of St. Hyacinthe, where he remained until 1843. After spending two years in Paris, he entered the ecclesiastical seminary of Issy. In 1846 he visited Italy, ohtained an audience with the pope, and returned to Canada. He was ordained priest, 23 February 1850, and stationed as curate in Sorel. On 30 October, 1852, he was appointed pastor of Pointe Claire, where he exercised his ministry for two years, He was then summoned to Montreal, and became distinguished as a pulpit orator; also for his influence among the students of the City, his lectures and retreats haying wrought a marked change among the medical students, He made a second visit to Rome in 1869 at the time of the Vatican council, and thence went to Belgium to study the method of articulation in use in the deaf and dumb asylums. He afterward turned his experience to account in the institution that he founded in Montreal.
On 1 April 1873, he was consecrated bishop of Gratianopolis and coadjutor of Montreal. He was appointed bishop of Montreal, 11 May 1876, and in 1886, the diocese of Montreal having been erected into an archiepiscopal see, Dr. Fabre became the first archbishop, 8 June.
His brother, Louis K. Rector, Canadian journalist, born in Montreal, 9 August 1834, was educated at the College of L'Assomption and St. Hyacinthe, and at St. Sulpice of Montreal. He studied law with his brother-in-law, the late Sir George E. Cartier, and was called to the bar of Lower Canada in 1856. He has been long connected with the newspaper press of Quebec. He was for some time editor of "L'Ordre," Montreal, and from 1862 till 1866 had editorial management of " Le Canadien," Quebec. In 1869 he founded " L'Ev5nement," Quebec, and was its editor and proprietor. He has been a vice president of the Dominion editors' and reporters' association, and president of the Literary and historical society of Quebec. He was an unsuccessful candidate for a seat in the House of Commons in 1873, but was called to the senate in 1875. He is the author of "Esquisse biographic sur Chevalier de Lorimier" (Montreal, 1856); " Ecrivains Canadiens" (" Canadian Review," 1865'6); "Canadian Literature" (1866); and " Confederation, Independence, Annexation" (Quebec, 1871).
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