Father Lafrance Monument
Principale Street, Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick, E1X, Canada
Links and documents
1873/01/01 to 1895/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Father Lafrance Monument consists of a statue of Father Lafrance on a square stone pedestal. It is located on the property of the Tracadie-Sheila Church.
The Father Lafrance Monument is designated a Local Historic Place in recognition of Father Lafrance, the first pastor of Tracadie.
Father François-Xavier Stanislas Lafrance was named the pastor of St-Jean-Baptiste parish in 1842. It was through his efforts that Tracadie obtained its first stone church. Five years after his arrival, Father Lafrance sent his recommendation to the local Bishop that a church be built in Tracadie. He was not in favour of expanding the Pointe-de-Pré church but instead encouraged the construction of a new stone church measuring 110 feet long by 55 feet wide. The work on the first stone church was started in 1873 and was finally completed in 1895. During his stay in Tracadie, Father Lafrance was responsible for the construction of a school, probably the first one in the area. He was also one of the main persons responsible for moving the lepers from Sheldrake Island to the Tracadie lazaretto. The Father Lafrance Monument was blessed on August 19, 1962.
Source : Town of Tracadie-Sheila, heritage file # 24
The character-defining elements that describe the Father Lafrance Monument include:
- location near the church;
- stone pedestal;
- statue of Father Lafrance;
- plaque describing the life and achievements of Father Lafrance.
Local Governments (NB)
Local Historic Places Program
Municipal Register of Local Historic Places
1962/01/01 to 1962/01/01
1842/01/01 to 1842/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Religious Institutions
Function - Category and Type
- Commemorative Monument
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Tracadie-Sheila Town Hall
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