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DEZIEL, Joseph David, Canadian R. C. prelate, born in Maskinongd, province of Quebec, 21 3Jay, 1806; died in Levis, 25 June 1882. He was educated in the theological schools of Quebec, and ordained a priest in 1830, and was appointed vicar at Riviere du Loup the same year. He became pastor of St. Joseph de Levis in 1843, and first curd of Notre Dame de Levis in 1852. He was the founder of the town of Levis, and also founded in that place the Church of Notre Dame, the Commercial and classical College, the convent of the Sisters of Charity, and St. Joseph's hospital. He was a prelate of the Church, and was secret camaraderie to Pope Leo XIII. He was not less distinguished for his love of science than for his piety and benevolence.
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