Learn a little Ontario history as told through its plaques
St. Raphael's Ruins
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009
The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The Township of South Glengarry
In St. Raphael, on a stone cairn
in front of St. Raphael's Church Ruins
Coordinates: N 45 12.721 W 74 35.844
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.
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> 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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