We all know
the plight of the great city of
The Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit has started the process toward sainthood for him and a guild that will study the life and materials of Father Richard has started, which hopefully will find sufficient evidence for his cause to be opened.
Archbishop Allen Vigneron has said: "Fr. Richard was a zealous pastor whose missionary heart guided all that he did. At a time when we in the Archdiocese are coming to a renewed awareness of our missionary vocation, I am grateful that we are able to raise up Fr. Richard as a model and inspiration for our mission today."
particularly poignant now, amid the difficulties of the pandemic, to be
starting on this journey studying the life of a beloved pastor who died while
caring for the sick," said Monsignor Charles Kosanke, current
rector of the Basilica of Ste. Anne. "Father Gabriel Richard left an
indelible mark on all of
Gabriel Richard was born in La Ville de Saintes, France (1767) and entered the seminary in Angers in 1784 and was ordained on 15 October 1790. In 1792, he emigrated to Baltimore, Maryland. He taught mathematics at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, until being assigned by Bishop John Carroll (First Bishop of the US) to do missionary work to the Indians in the Northwest Territory. He was first stationed in what is now Kaskaskia, Illinois, and later in Detroit, Michigan. Fr. Richard was a priest of the Society of Saint-Sulpice.
Fr. Richard organized the shipment of food aid to the city from neighboring farms in order to alleviate a food crisis following the loss of the city's supply of livestock and grain.
(Bust- Tim Hinkle)