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The Parish of St. Raphael

The Parish of St. Raphael

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Parish of St. Raphael

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2009

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The Township of South Glengarry
In St. Raphaels, in a cemetery
adjacent to St. Raphael's Church Ruins

Coordinates: N 45 12.728 W 74 35.812


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Plaque Text

A mission of the Roman Catholic Highlanders of the Raisin River settlement was begun in 1786 by the Reverend Alexander Macdonell (Scotus) and later a small frame church, called the "Blue Chapel" was built. St. Raphael's Parish was officially recognized in 1802. The existing stone church, a fine example of Canadian neo-classical design, was begun in 1821 by the Most Reverend Alexander Macdonell, who had been appointed to St. Raphael's in 1804, made Vicar General of Upper Canada in 1807, and consecrated Bishop of Rhesina in 1820. From 1807 to 1826, when Macdonell became Bishop of Regiopolis (Kingston), St. Raphael's was the administrative centre of the Church of Upper Canada.

Another plaque at this location
Glengarry Emigration of 1786

Other plaques in St. Raphaels
Bishop Alexander Macdonell 1762-1840
The College of Iona
John Sandfield Macdonald 1812-1872
St. Raphael's Ruins

Related Ontario plaques
Bishop Alexander Macdonell 1762-1840
Regiopolis College



South Glengarry Plaques

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