Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Fort Saskatchewan

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Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Fort Saskatchewan

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        est. 1908


        Our Lady of the Angels parish began as a mission of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lamoureux, Alberta, led by Father Arthur Rappard OFM. The first mass was celebrated on 3 May 1908 in the parlor of Thomas Sullivan. Later that month, on 28 May 1908, mass began to be celebrated in the hall of what was formerly the Victoria Restaurant rented from Napoleon Millette. On 27 Sep 1909, construction began on the church building on one acre of land granted by the government from the police reserve on Government Street. The first mass in the building was celebrated on 25 Dec 1909, Midnight mass and High mass. On 8 May 1910, the completed church building was blessed by Bishop Legal. Franciscan fathers served the parish until June 1950, when Our Lady of the Angels parish reverted to a mission parish of Lamoureux and the Archdiocese of Edmonton took over the parish from the Franciscan Order.


        Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada.

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        Franciscan fathers who have served in the parish (May be some discrepancies in the dates):
        1908, Fr. Arthur Rappard
        1910, Fr. Simon Archambault
        1910-1912, Fr. Boniface Heidmeir
        1912, Fr. Hilarion Boulay
        1914-1917, Fr. Boniface Heidmeir
        1919, Fr. Pius Guenette
        1922, Fr. Martin Dietrich
        1923, Fr. Fidelis Chicoine
        1926, Fr. Zephirin Noel
        1928, Fr. Barnabe Lafond
        1929, Fr. Marcellin Sarrasin
        1930, Fr. William Lavalle
        1932, Fr. Clement Lepine
        1934, Fr. Alexis Auger
        1938, Fr. Camille Chasse
        1942, Fr. Abel Mireault
        1946, Fr. Cuthbert Seward
        1948-1950, Fr. Juniper Kuefler

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        Christ the King Province.

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            • "History of the Parish." https://www.olafortsask.caedm.ca/
            • "Pioneering in the West" by Fr. Boniface Heidmeir
            • 04.04.08, Newspaper clippings
            • 04.04.09, Parish priests list

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