St. Charles Parish, Winnipeg

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St. Charles Parish, Winnipeg

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Franciscan presence, 1949 - 1979


In 1854, Fr. Louis LaFleche, OMI, constructed a small log chapel by the Assiniboine River to minister to the Metis families in the area. The first regular church was built in 1866 by Fr. Lestanc, but it was destroyed by a windstorm in 1884. A new Gothic-style church building was constructed in 1905. On New Years Eve 1928, this building was destroyed by fire. The church was quickly rebuilt and stood until new additions were started in 1987 and completed in 1988.

In 1917, the parish was transferred from the Archdiocese of St. Boniface to the newly formed Archdiocese of Winnipeg. From 1858 to 1928, the French Oblates were the pastors of the Parish, and the German Oblates were pastors until 1949. In 1949, Archbishop Murray gave the Parish to the Franciscans who administered it until 1979. In 1979, the Franciscans returned the administration of the Parish to the Archdiocese of Winnipeg.


St. Charles (Winnipeg), Manitoba, Canada.

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Franciscans who have been pastors in this Parish include:

  • Fr. Clement Lepine, 1949-1951
  • Fr. Hilary Tardif, 1951-1952
  • Fr. Fidelis Chicoine, 1952-1955
  • Fr. Clement Lepine, 1955-1956
  • Fr. Raynier Chabot, 1956-1961
  • Fr. Felix Surette, 1961-1963
  • Fr. Stan Frytek, 1963-1978

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Christ the King Province

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  • 06-03-01, Historical notes on Parish
  • 06-03-18, Liturgy of rededication program

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