Emiliano Tardif

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Emiliano Tardif
Born June 6, 1928
St-Zacharie, Quebec
Died June 8, 1999
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Missionary, Roman Catholic priest

Father Emiliano Tardif (June 6, 1928 in the City of St-Zacharie, Quebec, Canada – June 8, 1999) was a missionary who is in the process of being beatified.


Father Emiliano Tardif was born on June 6, 1928, in the province of Quebec, Canada. He made his religious profession as a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart on September 8, 1949, and was ordained a priest on June 24, 1955. After his ordination he was sent to the Dominican Republic, where he became one of the founders of the Missionary Seminary of San Jose de Las Matas. He was superior of his order from 1966 to 1973.[1]

In 1973 he fell ill with tuberculosis, which meant he had to return to Canada for treatment and rest. During this time he was prayed over by some lay people from a charismatic prayer group, who happened to be visiting the hospital. Through this he became involved in the CCR himself and discovered that he had been given a powerful gift of healing by God.[2]

Father Tardif was well known for his missionary work around the globe, and for what he said to be a healing power from God. He died on June 8, 1999, from heart complications on San Antonio de Arredondo, Córdoba Province, Argentina. Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez announced on June 11, 2007, that the Roman Catholic Church had initiated the beatification process for Father Tardif.