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St. Raphael's in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties, Ontario — Central Canada (North America)
 

St. Raphaels' Ruins

 
 
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Photographed By Robert Rusaw, July 4, 2022
1. St. Raphaels' Ruins Marker
Inscription.  
The extraordinary ruins of this church recall the early history of Roman Catholicism in Upper Canada. Begun in 1815, St. Rafael's Church originally served as the centre of the colony's largest and most important parish, and the administrative headquarters for the first Roman Catholic bishop, Alexander Macdonell. Situated in the heart of a 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 interest of his faith.

Ces ruines évoquent les premières pages de l'histoire du catholicisme dans le Haut-Canada. Commencée en 1815, l'imposante église St. Raphael, centre de la plus importante paroisse de la colonie, accueillit le siège administratif du premier évêque catholique de la province, Mer Alexander Macdonell. Située au cœur de ces établissements historiques écossais, la paroisse fut le berceau du catholicisme en Ontario. En 1970, un incendie a réduit l'église à ces ruines, qui continuent de témoigner des efforts soutenus de Mer Macdonell pour répandre
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Erected 1999 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1815.
 
Location. 45° 12.72′ N, 74° 35.841′ W. Marker is in St. Raphael's, Ontario, in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties. Marker is on County Road 18, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19998 County Rd 18, St Raphael's ON K0C 2J0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 21 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bishop Alexander Macdonell (here, next to this marker); The Glengarry Emigration of 1786 (a few steps from this marker); The Parish of St. Raphael (within shouting distance of this marker); The Blue Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); The College of Iona / Le College d'Iona (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); "Cariboo" Cameron (approx. 17.5 kilometers away); Lieutenant-Colonel John Macdonell (approx. 19.3 kilometers away); Captain Miles Macdonell (approx. 20.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Raphael's.
 
St. Raphaels' Ruins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert Rusaw, July 4, 2022
2. St. Raphaels' Ruins Marker
St. Raphaels' Ruins image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert Rusaw, July 4, 2022
3. St. Raphaels' Ruins
St. Raphaels' Ruins image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert Rusaw, July 4, 2022
4. St. Raphaels' Ruins
St. Raphaels' Ruins image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert Rusaw, July 4, 2022
5. St. Raphaels' Ruins
St. Raphaels' Ruins image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert Rusaw, October 7, 2015
6. St. Raphaels' Ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2022, by Robert Rusaw of Massena, New York. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Last updated on July 8, 2022, by Robert Rusaw of Massena, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 7, 2022, by Robert Rusaw of Massena, New York. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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