St James Anglican Church
811 Rue des Ursulines, Trois-Rivières, QC G9A 5B5
Lithographie représentant le frère Didace Pelletier. Encre sur papier. 711 x 559 cm.
Possession du Musée acadien de l'université de Moncton.
Didace Pelletier, born June 28, 1657, in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré (Quebec) under the name of Claude Pelletier and died February 21, 1699, in Trois-Rivières (Quebec), is a Récollet Brother, carpenter and builder of churches Canadian whose beatification process began shortly after his death.
Claude Pelletier is the son of Georges Pelletier, who arrived in New France in 1652, and his wife Catherine Vannier. He received his confirmation in 1666 from the hands of Bishop François de Montmorency-Laval, and in 1668 entered the school of arts and crafts of Saint-Joachim, founded the same year by the bishop. He completed his apprenticeship as a carpenter up to his master's degree there and first worked constructing the second church of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, the first stone laid in 1676.
In 1678, Claude asked to join the Récollets Minor Brothers. Admitted as a lay brother in 1679, he took the name of Brother Didace in 1680. From 1682 to 1688, he accompanied Father Joseph Denys in the various missions that the Récollets had established on Bonaventure Island, in Plaisance, then in Ville-Marie and, finally, in Trois-Rivières, where he died on February 21, 1699. from a chill contracted while working at the Récollets church. He was then buried in the crypt of the chapel of the Récollets convent in Trois-Rivières.
When Brother Didace died, Father Denys was convinced of his holiness and, with the help of Bishop Jean-Baptiste de La Croix de Chevrières de Saint-Vallier, had his process for beatification opened. Father Joseph Denys then tells the story of 22 miracles due to the intercession of Brother Didace. However, the trial was not followed up, and Brother Didace was wholly forgotten until the end of the 20th century, during which we find a contemporary engraving entitled Le Vray Portrait of the Very Religious Brother Didace, who died in the odour of Holiness on February 21 1699. From then on, his trial was relaunched. It is liturgically celebrated on February 21.