Henri-Marie Dubreil de Pontbriand

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Henri-Marie Dubreil de Pontbriand

Henri-Marie Dubreil de Pontbriand (c. January 1708 – 8 June 1760), who became the sixth bishop of Roman Catholic diocese of Quebec, was from a titled family and grew up at the Pontbriand château, (dept. of Ille-et-Vilaine), France.


He received his classical education at La Flèche from the Jesuits and studied theology with the Sulpicians in Paris. He stayed in Paris and was ordained there in 1731 and received a doctorate from the Sorbonne.

Pontbriand spent some time serving the bishop of Saint-Malo who made him his vicar general. In 1740 he was named bishop of Quebec by Louis XV and this appointment was approved by pope Benedict XIV in March 1741. He left for Canada that same year on the Rubis. On the same ship was Jean-Olivier Briand, who served Henri-Marie during his time as bishop and became bishop of Quebec himself in 1766.

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Preceded by
François-Louis de Pourroy de Lauberivière
Bishop of Quebec
Succeeded by
Jean-Olivier Briand