Fonds 1.3.15 - St. Augustine Church (Austin, Man.) fonds

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St. Augustine Church (Austin, Man.) fonds

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CA AWA 1.3.15

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  • 1898-1986 (Creation)

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6.5 cm : textual records

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Records of the parish date back to 1898 when a man named Walter Clifford sent a request to the bishop of St. Boniface for an English-speaking priest to say a monthly Mass in Austin. The earliest sacramental records are dated 1907. In 1917, Austin was described as having the only Catholic church on the Canadian Pacific Railway line between Portage la Prairie and Brandon. The CPR was transporting a priest from St. Boniface to say Mass once a month. In 1920, the priest at Portage la Prairie began to serve Austin. In 1921 Archbishop Sinnott made his first pastoral visit to Austin, confirming 23 children. He described the mission as having "a pretty little church...built and equipped in excellent taste." He listed over 40 families by name as being active in the mission. The Austin church was repaired in 1970 and 1978. In 1983 permission was granted to sell the church, and it was demolished in 1986.

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Textual records 1898-1915 were transferred from the Archiocese of St. Boniface circa 1915.

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The fonds consists primarily of correspondence created or received by the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, including much correspondence from Austin resident Walter Clifford and an autobiographical sketch of Albert Rowberry, an immigrant from England who spent some time in Austin.

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If permission is given for reproduction of materila, the process is done by tghe archivist at an establisdhed cost per sheet.

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  • English

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