The Catholic Mission: The South of the North Pioneers

Creator(s): Heritage Park

For the past century, Fort McMurray has been a dynamic community. Starting out as a stop-over in the Athabasca riverway and growing into the flourishing region it is now, the city has experienced significant change. The Catholic Church played an important role in this development, bringing a number of brave individuals to this frontier community, from the clergy who risked their lives traveling to northern Missions to the nuns who saved lives in surgery, from the lay brothers who constructed schools and hospitals to the young women who journeyed north as teachers and nurses. These individuals' personalities and dedication shed light on the history of Fort McMurray and the Old Catholic Mission that served it.

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