Alexis-Xyste Bernard

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Alexis-Xyste Bernard
Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe
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Church Catholic Church
Diocese Saint-Hyacinthe
Installed 1905
Term ended 1923
Predecessor Maxime Decelles
Successor Fabien-Zoël Decelles
Ordination October 1, 1871
Consecration February 15, 1906
Personal details
Born (1847-12-29)December 29, 1847
Beloeil, Canada East
Died June 17, 1923(1923-06-17) (aged 75)

Alexis-Xyste Bernard (December 29, 1847 – June 17, 1923) was Bishop of St. Hyacinthe, Canada.[1]

The Institute of the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Hyacinthe, founded by Louis-Zéphirin Moreau,[2] owes to him their organization, and formation as a teaching body.


He made his classical and theological studies under the Sulpician Fathers in Montreal, and was ordained priest 1 October 1871. After a year as curate he became successively President of Sorel College, Canon of the Cathedral, Archdeacon, Secretary for the diocese, Vicar-General, Provost of the Chapter, and Prothonotary Apostolic. After the death of Bishop Moreau, in 1901, Mgr. Bernard was continued in the office of Vicar-General by Bishop Maxime Decelles, and, when the latter died, in 1905, was elected Vicar-Capitular.

He declined the See of St. Hyacinth on the plea of his enfeebled health, until he received from Pope Pius X a peremptory order to accept. He was consecrated 15 February 1906.


Besides "Synodal Decrees", and a summary of the "Clerical Conference", he edited the "Pastoral Letters" of the bishops of the diocese, in nine volumes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page[self-published source]
  2. ^ CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Sisters of Saint Joseph

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.