Père Henri Roy

Founder of the Pius X Secular Institute

Henri Roy was a true disciple of Jesus Christ, driven by a double passion: the love of God and the love of souls.

A man inhabited by a love of Jesus life is a proclamation of the Good News, Father Henri Roy has touched many lives.

The following testimony is that of Thérèse and Henri Séguin and Jeanne and Julien White, early leaders of the Jeunesse Ouvrière Catholique in Montreal.

We find in it all the apostolic spirit that Father Roy bequeathed to all those he met. This testimony appeared in the magazine Je Crois, in June 1985.

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Chronologie du Père Henri Roy


September 8

Birth of Henri Roy in Lewiston, Maine, USA.

September 9

Baptism in the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Lewiston, Maine.


Primary studies at the Académie Saint Pierre, Montreal, with the Marist Brothers.


May 15

Confirmation in Saint Pierre Church in Montreal.


Three months of study at the Juniorate of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.


July 19

First closed retreat at the Novitiate of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Lachine Locks, Montreal.


Henri is in the labor market:

• delivery man for a Montreal pharmacy;

• office clerk for the construction company Webster & Sons, Montreal.


January 13

Henri takes part in the study congress of the Amis du Devoir with Henri Bourassa.


Secondary studies at the Late Vocations Seminar in Saint Victor de Beauce.


July 29

Entry into the Oblate Novitiate in Ville Lasalle.

1st of August

Taking of the habit in the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

November 12

Death of his mother, Joséphine.


March 20

Meeting with Brother André at St-Joseph Oratory, Montreal.

August 2nd

First vows among the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.


Studies at the Oblate Scholasticate in Ottawa.


Bachelor of Philosophy in Ottawa.


December 18

Henri receives Minor Orders I at Ottawa Cathedral.


June 16

Henri receives Minor Orders II in the Church of the Holy Family, in Ottawa.

September 8

Perpetual vows among the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Ottawa.


June 2

Ordination to the subdiaconate in Ottawa.

September 22

Ordination to the diaconate in Ottawa.


May 25

Henri is ordained to the priesthood at the Ottawa Cathedral by Bishop William Forbes.


Appointment to the Juniorate of the Oblates in Chambly-Bassin.


• Henri founded the review L’Apostolat des Oblates de Marie Immaculée.

• First contacts with the JOC (Jeunesse Ouvrière Catholique) in Montreal.


Meeting with Canon Joseph Cardijn, founder of the YCW, and Monsignor Georges Gauthier, bishop in Montreal.

September 20

Henri founded the first section of the JOCF (Jeunesse Catholique Ouvrière Féminine) in the parish of St-Alphonse d’Youville in Montreal.


Henri founded the first section of the men’s YCW in the parish of St-Pierre in Montreal.

November 19

Departure for a study trip to Europe (until April 23, 1932).


The first issue of the newspaper La Jeune Ouvrière in Montreal.


February 24

Private audience with Pope Pius XI in Rome.

April 16

Death of his father, Théophile.

23 april

Return from Europe.



Henri publishes his volume A problem and a solution.


Henri founded the Roman Catholic Bible Propaganda Society.


Henri publishes Do this and you will live, the four gospels in one.

July 13-14

• First general congress of the YCW in Canada, at the Montreal Forum. 15,000 young people participate.

• The Jocist Services are organized.

• Henri travels in Europe and takes part in the first international congress of the YCW.

• Private audience with Pope Pius XI in Rome.


The provincial government of Quebec entrusts the organization of leisure activities to Father Roy and to the YCW.


July 23

• Second General Congress of the Canadian YCW in Montreal.

• Celebration of the One Hundred Weddings at the Stade Delormier and on Île Ste-Hélène, in Montreal with the participation of more than 20,000 people.

August 18

Departure for Europe.

October 14

Private audience with Pope Pius XII in Rome.

November 4

Henri is replaced as Chaplain General of the Canadian YCW.


• Henri arrives in Manchester, New Hampshire, United States, to develop the YCW.

Henri meets young collaborators who will become the first members of the Pius X Secular Institute.


Henri organizes and develops the YCW in New England.


November 26

Henri leaves Manchester, NH.


september to december

Travel across western Canada, western and southern United States to see the development of YCW.

October 15

Henri participates in the celebration of the coronation of Our Lady of Guadeloupe in Mexico.


February 19

Henri resides at the Maison des Oblates in Rouyn until August.


February 4

Henri resides in Kapuskasing, Ontario, at the Maison des Oblates until early August.

August 4

Henri was transferred to the Maison des Oblats in Quebec, in the parish of St-Sauveur.



Some young people from New England joined him in Quebec City with the aim of launching a new institute of consecrated life.


September 28

Henri travels to Europe.


February 23

Return from Europe.


March 25

Approval of the Catholic Messengers of the Bible by the bishops of Quebec.


Publication of the first Bible Reading Guide.


3rd of March

Henri travels to Cuba with some members of the Pius X Secular Institute.

September 9

Opening of the Saint Pius X Seminary, for late vocations, in Sherbrooke


December 8

Canonical erection of the Pius X Secular Institute, as an institute of diocesan law.



Henri launched the review Je Crois, a popular Catholic magazine.

July 13

Henri travels to Europe.


Private audience with Pope John XXIII.

22 august

Henry is canonically transferred from the Oblates of Mary Immaculate to the Pius X Secular Institute, and takes his perpetual vows in Rome.


August 3-11

Henri travels to Peru and Mexico.

September 1st

Henri travels to Switzerland.


Meeting with Father Marie-Eugène de l’Enfant-Jésus, founder of the Institut Notre-Dame de Vie, in Venasque, France.



Henri launched the La Rencontre movement with members of the Pius X Secular Institute.


February 15

Monsignor Maurice Roy, Archbishop of Quebec and first cousin of Henri, becomes cardinal. Father Roy accompanies him to Rome.

June 16

Henri died at the Hôtel-Dieu in Quebec.

June 19

Funeral at the Basilica of Quebec, presided over by Cardinal Maurice Roy.

September 8

Father Roy’s coffin is transferred to the crypt of the Maison du Renouveau in Charlesbourg.

Témoignage de l'abbé
André Daigneault