Biography of Kavanagh, F. X. (Francois-Xavier), 1829-1922
François-Xavier Kavanagh was born in Sainte-Scholastique, Lower Canada in 1829. Ordained priest in 1866, he left for the Red River Settlement where he was to work among the Roman Catholic missions under Archbishop Taché. He was named assistant pastor at the Métis parish of St. François-Xavier, and became pastor in 1869. Over the next 40 years, he served the more than 400 Métis families in his parish while travelling on a regular basis to several other missions, including St. Daniel. Advancing age obliged him to cease his work but he chose to remain among his parishioners until his death in 1922. Based on information from La Société historique de Saint-Boniface.