In 1658, François de Laval was appointed as Vicar Apostolic of Québec. His mission was to be the colony’s religious leader and convert Indigenous people to Catholicism. To accomplish these goals, he needed to train missionary priests. So, in 1663, he founded the Grand Séminaire. His early success led to his appointment as the first bishop of Québec and New France in 1674. François de Laval was later declared a saint. He is also considered the father of the Canadian Catholic church. The Seminary of Quebec still operates as a vocational and religious training institute. The most impressive building in the complex is the Camille-Roy Building, constructed in 1855.