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St. Raphael's Ruins

Bishop Alexander Macdonell

Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009

Bishop Alexander Macdonell Bishop Alexander Macdonell

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The Township of South Glengarry
In St. Raphaels, on a stone cairn
in front of St. Raphael's Church Ruins

Coordinates: N 45 12.721 W 74 35.844


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Plaque Text

The extraordinary ruins of this church recall the early history of Roman Catholicism in Upper Canada. Begun in 1815, St. Raphael's Church originally served as the centre of the colony's largest and most important parish, and the administrative headquarters of the first Roman Catholic bishop, Alexander Macdonell. Situated in the heart of the historic Highland settlement, the parish was the cradle of Catholicism in Ontario. The ruins left standing after the fire of 1970 serve as a testament to Bishop Macdonell's determined efforts to forward the interests of his faith.

Another plaque at this location
Bishop Alexander Macdonell 1762-1840

Other plaques in St. Raphaels
The College of Iona
Glengarry Emigration of 1786
John Sandfield Macdonald 1812-1872
Parish of St. Raphael

Related Ontario plaque
Bishop Alexander Macdonell 1762-1840



South Glengarry Plaques

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> Posted January 16, 2018
My great grandfather John Alexander McDonell married my great grandmother Harriet Jane Mac Donald here in 1887.
Terrance Breidenstein tbreid1952@gmail.com

> Posted February 8, 2010
I'm from Canada I have been to St. Raphael many times. My grandparents have donated lots of money there. We are all on the Cameron plaque!

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