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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. Raphael, 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.

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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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