Biography of Rev. John A. Prevost
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Prevost, Rev. John Alfred, pastor of the Notre Dame de Lourdes French Roman Catholic Church of Fall River, was born in Quebec, Canada, October 10, 1849, a son of Magloire and Marguerite (Fournier) Prévost. His father was a farmer and he spent his youth on the farm and attending the parish schools. Later he went to Montreal, and there studied for the priesthood under the Sulpician Fathers. He completed his studies in St. Mary's Seminary at St. Hyacinthe, where he was ordained to the priesthood, and soon thereafter appointed assistant at Coaticooke, in the Province of Quebec. From there he was removed to Woonsocket, R. I., to assist Rev. Fr. Charles Daurey at the Precious Blood Church, where he remained three years, and in March, 1882, was appointed pastor of the church of the Sacred Heart at New Bedford. At this time this church was the only French Canadian Church in New Bedford, and Fr. Prevost had charge of all the French Canadian people there. At the present time there are three churches of this denomination in that city, one of which, the South End church, was partially built by Fr. Prevost, and was named the St. Hyacinthe church in honor of the place of his ordination. During his New Bedford pastorate he also built the convent occupied by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. After a successful pastorate of six years at. the Sacred Heart church, he was removed to Fall River in September, 1888, to take charge of the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, where he still continues, honored and beloved by all his parishioners. Father Prévost's work in building up this church has been remarkable, and the new buildings which he has erected represent much money and patient effort in the face of heavy obstacles. The new church has been built entirely in his pastorate; he has also built the St. Joseph's Orphan's Home, intended for the care of the French speaking children of the diocese of Providence, and the rectory which adjoins the church. He is now preparing to build a college to be called the College of the Christian Brothers. Father Prévost has under his charge four assistants and his congregation numbers about 12,000 souls. There are at present 330 scholars from all parts of the diocese of Providence in attendance at the Orphan's Home, and the children in attendance at the Catholic schools in his parish number about 1,000. They are taught both English and French, for although the church recognizes the necessity of their being able to use the English language, it does not wish them to forget the language of their fathers. Father Prevost is a man of strong character and is possessed of great executive ability. He preaches eloquently and fervently to a vast congregation each Sunday, and wields mighty influence for good in the community.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
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The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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