Joseph Marie Levasseur, 4th pastor of Tracadie
Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada
Joseph Marie Levasseur, 1856-1940
The parish of Tracadie welcomed their new pastor Joseph Marie Levasseur in 1903. He was from St. Basile, Madawaska. He was a priest loved by all. He left the parish with unforgettable memories.
He arranged the reconstruction of the church which had been destroyed by fire in 1925. That monument is still admired today by all. He also arranged for a church hall to be built near the church circa 1910, as well as a chapel in St. Irénée. Lastly, with the help of the nuns, the Holy Family Academy opened in 1912.
He retired in 1937 and stayed at the Hôtel-Dieu in Tracadie where he died in 1940. Parishioners still speak of him with much emotion and call him: "Our good father Levasseur".