Friday, February 20, 2015

All Saints Parish, Cardigan

     Here’s the last of the photographs I took last week in Cardigan - All Saints Parish Church on Chapel Road near the intersection with Launching Road.
     The following information comes from, A Faith Walk: Diocese of Charlottetown. 2001.  By Reverend Art O’Shea.  Page 49.
     “In the early 1800’s a few Scottish immigrant families settled this area and eventually other Scottish and some Irish families joined them.  In 1874 they built the present beautiful church which they dedicated to All Saints.  Of French Gothic design, one of its special features was the main altar of Italian marble constructed by parishioner William Lewis.
     The rectory is undated but is said to have been moved to its present site before 1900 after which two towers were added.  Father John MacMillan was the first resident pastor and served from 1894 until 1916.  One of his magnificent accomplishments while in Cardigan was his writing of a two-volume history of the Catholic Church in Prince Edward Island covering the years 1720  to 1891.
     J.J. Bowlen, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta in the 1950’s, was a native of Cardigan Parish.  His brother, Father William Bowlen, while pastor at High River, Alberta baptized former Prime Minister Joe Clark.
     In 9154 the parishioners constructed a Marian archway at the entrance of the church to commemorate that year’s well celebrated Marian Year throughout the world.
     In recent years the church has received extensive renovations including a splendid new basement with facilities for its parish functions.  One of its sections is named the “MacMillan Room” after the above-mentioned pastor and in which parish wakes are held.
     Named after on of the earls of Cardigan, the village area where the church is located offers a picturesque view, touched off by the beauty of its river of the same name which winds through the center of the parish. 
     Today there are 160 families in All Saints Parish.”
      The following information cf. Historic Places website...
     “Construction began in the Spring of 1874 and by November, the church was completed and blessed by Bishop McIntyre. It originally did not include the transept which was added later. The building retains many of its original style elements which include the segmented entrance tower with a spire rising from the middle of four triangular gables on each of the four sides of the tower. These are each topped by a small cross.  The large gable roof features eave bracketing and the transept features a Celtic style cross at the peak of each gable. A transom Gothic window is placed above the double entrance doors. Several renovations, the most recent in 1995, have been made to the building. The original sandstone foundation was replaced by a large modern basement which accommodates many church events. The interior features a rare Italian marble altar which was carved by one of the parishioners, William P. Lewis.”
     The interior photo below also comes from Historic Places website...
Showing view of interior
     Below is an image of All Saints Parish House.  cf. "Can you Identify these people" on the Island Register website.  The house was demolished in recent years.

"Hi Dave, It is the All Saint's Parish house in Cardigan, he said it was taken about 1970. Rev. David McTague would have been the parish priest at that time. Nora Macdonald" -  June 24, 2013

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