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The Catholic Colored Mission of Windsor 1887-1893

The Catholic Colored Mission of Windsor

Photo by contributor J.P. Gauthier - Posted July 2017

The Catholic Colored Mission of Windsor

Photo from Google Street View ©2017 Google - Posted July, 2017

Plaque Location

The County of Essex
The City of Windsor
in front of St Alphonsus RC Church at 85 Park Street East

Coordinates: N 42 19.005 W 083 02.192


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Plaque Text

The first Roman Catholic mission for Blacks in Canada was established in Windsor in St. Alphonsus Parish in 1887 under the leadership of the Very Reverend Dean James Theodore Wagner. The "Catholic Colored Mission of Windsor" was created to serve disadvantaged Black children, while encouraging Blacks in Windsor to adopt the Catholic faith. It was first located in the original frame church building at Goyeau Street and Park Street East. With the support and partnership of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph (RHSJ), a new mission school and orphanage was built next to the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital near Erie Street. The sisters of the RHSJ were responsible for the management of the mission. Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary taught at the school. The mission educated and cared for vulnerable children of all races. The school and orphanage was an important initiative that provided access to education and child welfare at a time before government-funded social services were available.

Black History

Windsor Plaques

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