Saturday, March 14, 2009

Eugène RICHER dit LAFLÈCHE (1871-1925)

Born April 17, 1871 in Saint-Georges-de-Windsor, Richmond County, QC, Eugène RICHER dit LAFLÈCHE was the son of Jean-Baptiste & Julie GUIMONT/GUIMOND. In 1913, he founded the "Mission de l'Esprit-Saint" (Mission of the Holy Spirit). The word MISSION meaning MESSAGE since it was Eugène's self-proclaimed work to spread the messages of the Holy-Spirit, which, to him, included the teachings of EUGENICS, that became popular in Nazi Germany.
The group took hold in the province of Québec and soon spread to francophone areas in Canada and the U.S. A house in Westport, MA was purchased and members settled in the area during the mid-1920's; but, they have since dispersed.
At the beginning of March 2009, a former member of the mission came forth and divulged her experience of 30 or so years as a member of the MISSION, which is now considered a sect and which is still flourishing in Québec. The Québec government has been "watching" the MIssion for several years because of their unauthorized schooling of members' children, but nothing seems to have been done thus far to shut down these schools.
(1)
Jean RICHER
Marie GALARDE
Anjou (maine et Loire) FRANCE
(2)
Pierre RICHER dit LAFLÈCHE
Dorothée BRASSARD
1671-10-05
Québec City, QC
(3)
Pierre RICHER dit LAFLÈCHE
Marguerite HUBERT
1716-10-12
Québec City, QC
(4)
Pierre RICHER dit LAFLÈCHE
Charlotte NORMANDEAU
1749-10-27
Ste-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Richelieu County, QC
(5)
Athanase RICHER dit LAFLÈCHE
Marie BONIN
1785-08-04
Saint-Ours, Richelieu County, QC
(6)
Augustin RICHER dit LAFLÈCHE
Céleste LAGRAVE
1824-11-16
Saint-Pierre-de-Sorel, Richelieu County, QC
(7)
Jean-Baptiste RICHER dit LAFLÈCHE
Julie GUMOND
1854-10-05
Wotton, Wolfe County, QC
(8)
Eugène RICHER dit LAFLÈCHE
Marie-Louise Adéla DAVID
1895-02-25
Montréal, QC
For more information about the
Mission de l'Esprit-Saint
click on the title above
to be brought to their homepage.
A search on Google for
the Mission of the Holy Spirit
in Westport, MA
will bring you to the website of the
Westport, MA Historical Society
where you'll find an interesting story about the Mission.

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