Morice, Father Adrien Gabriel

Father Adrien Gabriel Morice, Oblate missionary (b in Mayenne Départment, France 27 Aug 1859; d at St-Boniface, Man 21 Apr 1938). He joined the Oblate Order in 1879 before coming to Victoria, BC, in 1880. Ordained priest in 1882, he served as a missionary at the Stuart Lake mission at Fort St James in the northern interior of BC from 1885 until 1905. He was then transferred to St-Boniface, Manitoba, where he died. An atypical missionary, he became a clergyman-historian and is best known for his History of the Northern Interior of British Columbia (1904), his magnum opus, The Carrier Language (2 vols, 1932), and the compilation of the first comprehensive map of the north-central interior of BC (1907).