"In a quiet corner of the East Block of the Parliament buildings (Canada) is a small chapel, open to all. It boasts a fine wooden altar, perhaps unique in that there is a large rodent carved upon it. The beaver, of course. While some animals are used as Christian symbols --the fish, the eagle, the lion--I am not aware of any such role for the beaver. It's there because the chapel is dedicated to Sean O'Sullivan and carries his name. As a MP in the 1970s, O'Sullivan had sponsored the bill that made the beaver one of Canada's official symbols.
On Wednesday, there was a special ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the chapel's dedication. O'Sullivan died on March 9, 1989, having left Parliament in 1977 to become a Catholic priest. Ordained in 1981, he died at only 37 from leukemia. He lived life in a hurry, corresponding as a teenager with prime minister John Diefenbaker, and being elected to Parliament at the astonishing age of 20."
Father de Souza