Laurent Jouvent, son of Joseph Jouvent, farmer and miller, and Louise Aubert, was born at Vallserres H. Alps, France, March 17, 1829. He was educated in the sciences at the Seminary of Embrun, France; studied theology at Jap in the same district; was ordained Priest June 19, 1853; was appointed Parish Priest of Aspremont, and eighteen months afterwards was called to the Vicarage of the Cathedral of Jap, leaving the latter place in 1857, and arriving at Ottawa on the 11th of December of that year. The next June he was appointed Priest of St. Phillip, Chatham, Province of Quebec; removed to Buckingham in March, 1862; remained there until 1873, when he went to Pembroke, and in January, 1875, settled in Ottawa, having here the appointment of Vicar-General and Curd of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
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In 1876 the Vicar-General visited his native country and the Pope, and on his return took charge of the Parish of St. Anne, Ottawa. Report gives him credit for being a diligent worker himself, and a good organizer of forces for the Master’s service. He is very cordial and pleasant in his manners, and evidently has a liberal share of bon hommie.