Fifty Years in the Church of Rome
By CHARLES CHINIQUY
The life story of Charles Chiniquy, who was a priest in theRoman Catholic Church for 25 years.
(1809-1899) a Canadian Prysbyterianconvert from Roman Catholicism, born at Kamouraska,Quebec, Canada of Roman Catholic parents, and studied at thecollege of Nicolet, Canada, professor of belles-lettres there after graduation until 1833. in 1833 ordained a Roman Catholicpriest, and until 1846 was vicar and curate in the province of Quebec where he established the first temperance society,winning the title "Apostle of Temperence of Canada." In 1851established an extensive Roman Catholic colony at Kankakee,Illinois. In 1858 left the church of Rome and joined theCanadian Presbyterian Church taking his congregation atKankakee with him. Lectured in England and in Australia (1878-1882). Published a number of books and tracts on temperanceand anti-Romanism, some of which became very popular andwere translated into several languages." (From "The WycliffeBiographical Dictionary of the Church," page 90, Elgin S. Moyer,1982, ©Moody Press, Chicago, IL
My father, Charles Chiniquy [pronounced, "Chi-ni-quay"], born in Quebec, hadstudied in the Theological Seminary of that city, to prepare himself for thepriesthood. But a few days before making his vows, having been the witness of agreat iniquity in the high quarters of the church, he changed his mind, studiedlaw, and became a notary.Married to Reine Perrault, daughter of Mitchel Perrault, in 1803 he settled at firstin Kamoraska, where I was born on the 30th July, 1809.About four or five years later my parents emigrated to Murray Bay. That placewas then in its infancy, and no school had yet been established. My mother was,therefore, my first teacher.Before leaving the Seminary of Quebec my father had received from one of theSuperiors, as a token of his esteem, a beautiful French and Latin Bible. ThatBible was the first book, after the A B C, in which I was taught to read. My mother selected the chapters which she considered the most interesting for me; and Iread them every day with the greatest attention and pleasure. I was even somuch pleased with several chapters, that I read them over and over again till Iknew them by heart.