Germain Morin1

M, b. circa 15 January 1642, d. 20 August 1702
FatherNoël Morin b. 1609, d. 10 Feb 1680
MotherHélène Desportes b. bt Jul 1620 - 24 Oct 1621, d. 24 Jun 1675
     Germain was born in ville de Quebec, Quebec, Canada. He was christened there on 15 January 1642 in the Basilica of Notre Dame.2 He was a priest. He was buried there in the cemetery of Notre Dame on Sunday, 20 August 1702.3 Germain departed this life on Sunday, 20 August 1702 in ville de Quebec at Hotel-Dieu.


  1. [S1578] Honorius Provost, Germain Morin, Volume 2 - MORIN, GERMAIN, first Canadian to be ordained priest, secretary of the bishopric of Quebec, parish priest, canon; baptized 15 Jan. 1642 at Quebec, son of Noël Morin, master wheelwright, and of Hélène Desportes*, widow of Guillaume Hébert; d. 20 Aug. 1702 at the Hôtel-Dieu, Quebec.
    There is documentary evidence of Germain Morin’s presence at the Jesuit college on 15 Nov. 1659. He was one of the four pupils whose board was paid by the parish of Quebec, to ensure that masses were served and that there were choirboys to sing at mass. Bishop Laval even judged it fitting to confer the tonsure and the minor orders on him, despite his youth. This was done on 2 Dec. 1659, and was the first ceremony of its kind in Canada. After receiving the subdiaconate on 6 Aug. 1662, Morin continued to live with the Jesuits and served as sacristan for the parish. When Morin was old enough, Bishop Laval conferred the diaconate on him on 21 March 1665 and the priesthood on 19 September.
    From the time of his entry into the ecclesiastical state in 1659 he was secretary to the bishopric, then from 20 Oct. 1663 clerk to the officiality of the diocese. In this capacity he was responsible for keeping the official registers and for transcribing and initialling the bishop’s pastoral letters. He continued to hold these offices until at least 1665, for until 1670 he is not known to have had any other ministry but that of vicar at the cathedral. After that he served the parishes of Champlain, Neuville (Pointe-aux-Trembles), Repentigny, Saint-Joseph de la Pointe-de-Lévy, Sainte-Anne de Beaupré, and Saint-Michel. He was rewarded for this missionary life by being appointed a canon on 20 Sept. 1697. He died in 1702.
    Honorius Provost.
  2. [S1596] Drouin Institute: Baptism: 15 January 1642 - Germain Morin, son of Noel Morin & Helene Desportes, sponsors: Germain Le Gardeur & Marie la Caille; at Notre Dame de Quebec. -
  3. [S1598] Research Program In Historical Demography: Burial Certificate Number 73102: 20 August 1702 - Father Morin, died this day, canon of the Cathedral de Quebec.