Ontario's Historical Plaques
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The College of Iona
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005
Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted January, 2011
The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The Township of South Glengarry
In St. Raphaels, in front of the old college building
on the north side of Road 18 across from the ruined church
Coordinates: N 45 12.771 W 74 35.781
Established by the Reverend Alexander Macdonell, father of Roman Catholic education in Upper Canada and later Bishop of Kingston, the College of Iona was opened in 1826 in a log building near this site. The central portion of the nearby stone structure, erected by Macdonell in 1808 as the presbytery for the parish, served as a residence for teachers and students. Much of the cost of construction and of the operational expenses of the school were borne by Macdonell. In addition to being the first seminary in Upper Canada, the school offered a general academic education preparing boys for secular vocations. After about ten years its functions were taken over by Regiopolis College in Kingston.
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