François de Laval

A bishop, a visionary, a bold man, a founder… and a Saint!

Find out about François de Laval, the visionary; his boldly creative outlook; and his awe-inspiring body of work that lives on into the present day.

The Man

The Cause of Canonization

Testimonials from  the Past

His Coat of Arms

Attend the various activities we organize year-round: conferences, visits to the permanent exhibition, themed activities, pilgrimages, etc.

Our Mission

Our Services

Services to  Schools

Services to Parishes

Conferences to groups


The Shop

Meet a pilgrim – a dedicated pastor, a man of wisdom – and entrust him with your prayer intentions.

Many Ways

Prayer Intentions

Intercessory Prayers

Prayer of Thanksgiving


Séminaire de Québec

(Major Seminary)

François de Laval
The Centre d’animation François-de Laval

The intent of the Centre d’animation François-de Laval, established in 1993, is to make known the life, the works and the spirituality of Québec’s first bishop, after whom the Centre is named. It seeks to promote devotion to this iconic figure. Half a million pilgrims come here every year, to engage in private prayer at his tomb. His personnel, under the authority of the Séminaire de Québec, collaborates with different partners, such as the Corporation du patrimoine et du tourisme religieux de Québec (C. of Religious Heritage and Tourism) and the Notre-Dame de Québec parish by its cathedral that contains the funeral chapel of François de Laval. » » »


Pastor, educator, seigneur, administrator and founder – a multi-faceted legacy was left by this figure of stature. Québec’s first bishop was a pivotal force in this region’s social and religious history.

A number of boulevards, parishes, schools and monuments bear his name today. This great bishop has now been elevated among the Saints.

Last update: 2020-05-11

Newsletter 40 (May 2020) : on line here

New book ! François de Laval, his life and times.  More information here


Fine quality art prints (giclées) of Saint François de Québec  by artist Daniel Abel.

One hundred copies of each of these two high quality editions are printed on Arche paper, numbered, signed and stamped by the artist. Each giclée comes with its own certificate of authenticity and two documents summarizing the artist's work and life.

More information here

Newsletter 40

Now available in PDF