Monsignor Numa Pichette, Apostolic Protonotary and former vicar general of the diocese of Edmundston was born in Nouvelle, QC on April 17th, 1906, he was the son of Joseph-Octave Pichette and Marguerite Fallu. Monsignor Pichette completed his elementary studies at the Hospitalières of Saint-Joseph (Campbellton, NB), and at the Daughters of Jesus (Dalhousie, NB). He completed his classical studies at College Sainte-Anne (Church Point, NS), and his theological studies at the seminary Sacred Heart of Mary (Halifax, NS). Ordained in the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, in Campbellton, June 19, 1930 by Bishop Patrice-Alexandre Chiasson, bishop of Chatham, he completed his canonical studies in Rome from 1930 to 1932 when he obtained a Ph.D. in canon law.
From 1933 to 1938 he was vicar at the Cathedral of Chatham in 1937, administrator of the parish of Loggieville where he built the church. Appointed founding pastor of the parish of Our Lady of Sorrows in Edmundston, he took possession of his parish June 19, 1938, anniversary of his ordination. Having built a temporary church and laid the foundations of the new parish, he obtained the construction of a central school and brought the Daughters of Mary of the Assumption to assist the lay teachers. He built the present church which was blessed on December 10, 1953. Father Numa Pichette was raised to the dignity of Domestic Prelate on May 26th, 1956. In July 1961 Monsignor Pichette was appointed vicar general of the diocese of Edmundston.
He had previously been appointed diocesan consultor by Bishop Marie-Antoine Roy, first bishop of Edmundston. For many years he took daily broadcasting the morning prayer on the radio station of CJEM Edmundston. He was well known for his oratorical skills. Monsignor Pichette Actively interested in the Scout Movement and League of the Sacred Heart. On March 7th 1962, he was elevated by the Pope in Apostolic Protonotary dignity.
After 38 years of active service, Mgr Numa Pichette retired while remaining active in the diocese of service. In 1975, Monsignor Pichette undertook the construction of a building of 50 housing units for seniors who took the name, at the request of the Board, Les Résidences Mgr Pichette. He was the general manager until his death. In 1990 Monsignor Pichette celebrated his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination in the parish he founded in 1938. The City of Edmundston paid tribute to this by designating a street as the Boulevard Mgr Numa Pichette.
He died at the Edmundston Regional Hospital on February 19, 1992, after a brief illness, aged 85 years and ten months.