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|Venerable Alfred Pampalon|
|Born||24 November 1867
|Died||30 Sepember 1896|
|Honored in||Roman Catholicism|
Alfred Pampalon (24 November 1867 – 30 September 1896) was born in the city of Lévis, Quebec, and died at 28 in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. He was a Redemptorist priest known for having a deep faith in God and a deep love of Mary. He is a patron for people with addictions.
His character and early life
Alfred Pampalon was born 24 November 1867 in Lévis, Quebec to Antoine and Josephine Dorion Pampalon. His mother died when he was five. In 1876 Pampalon entered the Collège de Lévis in 1876 where he took courses in business. Although somewhat frail, he was an excellent athlete. He was considered a modest, prayerful person; he was thought of as honest and pure by his classmates. Pampalon was devoted to Mary.
Pampalon experienced a near fatal bout of pneumonia in 1885, and attributed his recovery to the intercession of St. Anne. He made a pilgrimage to the shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and while there asked to join the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. His brother was already a member. During his years of formation and study, his classmates dubbed him "the Lamb of God," a testimony to his piety and gentleness. His fellow students asked him how he managed to study philosophy so well, and he replied that he imagined Mary was asking him the questions.
Later years and death
Pampalon was ordained 4 October 1892. While completing his scholasticat in Belgium, at the age of 26, he found out that he had contracted tuberculosis. He was sent back to Quebec in the hope that the change might improve his health. He returned in September 1895 and was assigned to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. He entered the infirmary the following February. Before his death he was in constant pain, unable to alleviate it, and would spend his days in prayer. The night before the priest died, he said in a soft voice; "O death..., O holy death..., come..., do come! O divine Savior..., my hope is in your merits... I am happy... to suffer for you! I want to go to Heaven... to see you and Mary," After this he got up and sang the Magnificat in a loud voice. He has become known as the "Hail Mary Saint" because of this.
Father Pampalon died at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré on 30 September 1896.
"Que la volonté de Dieu soit faite!" in English: "That the will of God be done!" is inscribed on the tomb of Alfred Pampalon, which is located in the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec City.
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