A prolific author who was emblematic of the Dominicans and whose erudition inspired many, well beyond our borders, Father Benoit Lacroix was a man of culture and knowledge. He was a compassionate person who was admired by all.
A theologian, philosopher, medievalist, historian, writer and teacher, Father Lacroix’s scholarship was vast, almost limitless. He was at once steeped in tradition and very open to modern society and its issues. His interests included art and literature, history and traditions, politics, immigration, ethics, the economy and Aboriginal peoples. Among others!
He had a profound knowledge of Quebec’s religious traditions, but was interested as a whole in the quest for meaning of his contemporaries.
During his entire life, he maintained a vibrant relationship with his community and with those whom he guided along their spiritual path. He had a quiet, unifying strength. He was both inspired and inspiring. He was approachable and close to people.
For all these reasons, and to pay tribute to the man he was, it made good sense to create a research chair in his name.
A work team specially dedicated to this important project The goal of the Benoit-Lacroix Chair will be to create a space for reflection on culture and faith that will in some sense continue his work. “We want to look more deeply into the subjects that interested him, and give ourselves the opportunity to explore new ones and to develop collaborative studies with other organizations,” explains Father Daniel Cadrin, Pastoral Institute Director.
“A working committee was recently established to breathe life into the Benoit-Lacroix Chair, and to begin thinking about activities, seminars, research programs and partnerships that we want to implement. It goes without saying that these will be directly related to the budgets we have to work with from year to year.”
This research chair will evolve as financing for it takes shape, and as its sustainability is ensured thanks to dedicated funds.The tribute of September 8 is a first initiative to make this a reality.
Others are sure to follow.We hope that the Foundation’s friends will follow suit and support the Benoit-Lacroix Chair by investing in its longevity.