On November 5, surrounded by his brother Oblates, Marcel DUMAIS, former General Councillor for Canada-US Region (2004 – 2010), peacefully passed away in Richelieu. Oblates pay tribute to a distinguished leader and a devoted servant of God, whose passing has left a void in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Born on May 5, 1936, in Drummondville, Canada, Marcel was the second of two sons in a loving family. From an early age, he felt a calling to be a missionary and to help people become saints. This desire led him to the Oblates, known for their dedication to spreading the gospel to the most abandoned.
Marcel’s journey of faith and education took him from primary school in Drummondville to the Chambly and Nicolet Seminaries, where he excelled in his classical studies. In 1963, while at the International Scholasticate in Rome, he obtained bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology.
Returning to Canada, Marcel embarked on a long and esteemed career as a professor. He taught philosophy at the University of Ottawa and later became a professor of Sacred Scripture at Saint Paul University. He furthered his education in Rome, obtaining a license in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1966 and a doctorate from the Catholic Institute of Paris in 1974. During this time, he also taught at the College of Jonquière in 1967-1968. Marcel’s thirst for knowledge and his deep love for scripture led him to master nine languages, modern and ancient.
Throughout his life, Marcel published numerous volumes and articles, spreading Christ’s message through scholarly work. He also shared his wisdom through teaching, conferences, and retreats around the world. His contributions were recognized when he was appointed as a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission by Pope John Paul II.
Marcel’s love for the Congregation was evident through his various positions of responsibility, including Provincial Superior and General Councillor for the Canada-US Region. Even after retiring, he continued to serve as the president of the Canadian Bible Society.
In his final years, Marcel resided in Richelieu, where he found joy despite his memory fading. On November 5, surrounded by his brother Oblates, Marcel peacefully passed away. A funeral will be held on November 18, 2023, to honor his life and legacy.
Marcel DUMAIS will be remembered for his dedication, enthusiasm, and profound impact in spreading the Gospel’s message. He leaves behind a lasting legacy of faith, learning, and love.
May his soul and the souls of all the faith departed rest in peace!