Fr. Paul-Emile Côté passes away

In his homily, Bishop Albert Thévenot related how Fr. Côté would give money to the needy he met in St. Boniface.  He would encourage them to buy a coffee or something to eat, he strived to make people happy.  He explained “how God, the Eternal Artist, creates magnificent works of art, roses of love in our life” just as Fr. Côté painted beautiful red roses of different colors, using plain shoe polish.  “Shoe polish is meant for shoes, yet Fr. Côté created roses.”  He commented on Fr. Côté’s deep love for the Word of God, especially the psalms.  He encouraged everyone to pray them.  The Bishop added,” Father was a true man of prayer.”

Born April 6, 1913 in St-Pierre-Jolys, MB, Fr. Côté attended school at the convent for grades one to twelve.  He completed two years of school at Clerc St. Viateur as a religious brother.  There, he taught with the religious order in Montreal for thirty two years. 

He attended St. Paul’s College, St. Boniface Seminary and St. Charles Scholasticate for theological studies.  Over the next twenty five years, he would take studies in philosophy and catechetics at the University in Sherbrooke, English literature, arts, composition and  philosophy at the universities of Winnipeg, Alberta, Ottawa and Fordham.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Catechetics.

On December 28, 1968, after thirty three years of religious life, he became a priest.  He was ordained at the age of fifty five in St. Pierre Jolys, MB.  Under then Bishop Laurent Morin, he came to serve in the Diocese of Prince Albert and ministered to parishes for forty six years in Prince Albert, Melfort, Tisdale, Rosthern, North Battleford and St. Louis.

Clergy singing the Ave Maria and the Salve Regina with fervor, brought tears and joy and an experience of deep brotherly love to everyone.

An Edmonton policeman who met Fr. Côté at the age of 19, witnessed to the lasting influence on him at a young age, “I am who and what I am today with credit to Fr. Côté.”  

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