"Vétérans Franco-Américains (Hartford). Le congrès annuel des Vétérans se déroulait à Hartford les 29 et 30 septembre avec séance d'affaires et élection des officiers nationaux. Gérard Thiboutot (Fall River), commandeur; Camille Melanson (Lynn), William Cyr (Hartford), Henri Parmentier (Providence), Théodoret Coté (New Bedford), R. Forget, vice-comandeurs ; M. Saulniers, historien; R. P. Armand Morissette, o.m.i., aumônier, Mme Louise Hall (New Bedford) présidente de l'auxiliaire. "
BULLETIN de la Société Historique Franco-Américaine
Ami de Jack Kerouak
(apparait dans le film : Kerouac, the Movie (1985))
Proche du president Kennedy "He had notably spoken about it with Father Armand Morissette, a gaullist Franco-American priest who was a friend of another Quebecois descendant"
(lien rompu : vodpod.com/watch/117501-john-f-kennedy-in-favor-of-quebec-independence )
octobre 23, 1989
Saturday's Hero: A Beat
Before going on the road, Jack Kerouac was a gridiron star
Dans cette article daté de 1989 : (1989-79 = 1910)
....The Rev. Armand Morissette recalls the first time he met Kerouac. It was in the same front room of St. Jean Baptiste Rectory in Lowell where Father Spike—as the 79-year-old priest has been called all his adult life—meets visitors today. He still writes a regular column for Le Journal de Lowell, Lowell's French-language newspaper, as he has for 50 years. He still speaks with a thick French accent. And he still takes people curious about Kerouac to the Rainbow Cafe, a bar around the corner, where Kerouac's picture hangs in a place of honor above the bottles.
"I had only been a priest about three years," says Father Spike of his first encounter with Kerouac, in 1937. "He looked very upset, and he says, 'My name is Kerouac, Jack Kerouac' I knew his family, but I did not know him.
"So I says, 'What's the matter with you? You look so upset.'
"And he says, 'Everybody's laughing at me. I want to be a writer, I want to be a poet, and they're laughing at me. They call me a sissy.'
"So I says, 'I'm not laughing.' I says, 'To be a writer is a great, wonderful and influential thing, a very important thing.' But, I told him, to be a writer he would have to go to the university, and his parents had not much money.
" Well,' he says, 'I'll play football; I'll get a scholarship. And I'll show them I'm not a sissy.'
" Fine,' I says. And that's what he did. I remember when he made the touchball in the big game—you know, the point. Oh, boy, I mean he was the hero. Lots of headlines. Just like Doug Flutie, you know?"
It is the 1938 Lowell-Lawrence game that Father Spike remembers. But that game was still two seasons away when Kerouac first went to see him. The strange thing is that for all his fabled speed, Kerouac never became a fixture in coach Keady's lineup. "Jack was tremendous," says Chiungos, who was a two-year varsity veteran by the time Kerouac joined the squad as a junior. "But Keady was the kind of coach who when he had his mind made up on a starting team, that's the way it stayed. ..."
" Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac, surnommé Jack Kerouac, fut le plus grand auteur de la "Beat Generation" et est reconnu comme l'un des plus grand écrivains et poètes des États-Unis. Sa mère serait même cousine germaine de René Lévesque. Même qu'un religieux franco-américain, un certain Père Armand Morissette, ami de Kerouac, aurait ammené le catholique irlandais américain John Fitzgerald Kennedy à être favorable, dans les années 50, à l'indépendance du Québec! C'est ce que Jean-François Lisée a découvert dans sa recherche pour son livre "Dans l'oeil de l'aigle". "
Father Armand "Spike" Morissette (1910- 1991) was a Catholic priest from Saint Jean Baptiste parish who was involved in the religious, cultural and political life of Lowell during much of the 20th century. In 1953, Father Spike set up the City of Lights campaign to rejuvenate "faith in Lowell" during the economic crisis of the postwar period. The collection includes correspondence and planning documents related to the City of Lights project as well as Father Spike’s personal files concerning churches around Lowell.
Laurent le lundi 16 novembre 2009