Ontario's Historical Plaques
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Sainte-Anne des Pins
Photo by contributor Kal Biro - Posted June, 2004
The City of Greater Sudbury
Next to the Beech Street entrance of
the Sainte-Anne des Pins church grounds
at the corner of Beech Street and Durham Street North
Coordinates: N 46 29.645 W 80 59.705
An important centre of the Roman Catholic Church in northeastern Ontario, Saint-Anne des Pins was established as a mission by Jesuits in 1883. A log church, now the presbytery, was built to serve as a school, as well as a place of worship for the congregation and to provide a base for missionary work in Manitoulin Island, Sault Ste. Marie and settlements along the Canadian Pacific Railway. Active in community life, Sainte-Anne's played a prominent role in fostering the development of Franco-Ontarian culture in the region. It was erected a parish in 1889 and remained the only Roman Catholic congregation in Sudbury until 1917. Housed in the present structure since 1894, Sainte-Anne's continues to be active in cultural affairs.
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