Tuesday 24 May 2011

Acadie again

Last month we went and visited the Abbey in Beaulieu sur Loches. We wrote about it here. As we were leaving we spotted another reference to the French Acadian settlers of what is now Nova Scotia, Canada.

It was a small marble plaque put up in June 1988 in memory of an Abbé who ministered to the Acadians who had remained when the English took control.

plaque in Beaulieu sur Loches

It reads*: 
In tribute to the Abbé Jean Mandé Sigogne, born at Beaulieu-les-Loches 6th April 1763, died 9th November 1844 at Pointe de l'Eglise [Nova Scotia, which became a province of Canada].

For 45 years he was the spiritual and temporal guide of the Acadian population of Nova Scotia, which allowed them to survive and maintain their identity.

*[Antoinette's translation]

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