Monday, April 6, 2015

Missionary Oblates Of Mary Immaculate

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church can be found at the University of Ottawa. The university has origins as a French Catholic institution, and the church is a landmark throughout the Sandy Hill area. While it's probably not considered part of the campus today, the old stone of the church has history with the university. I passed by some days ago, meaning to go in, but notices on the sidewalk indicated a funeral was being held. I contented myself with this historical plaque beside the church instead.


  1. Nice effect with the light

    ALOHA from Honolulu,

  2. Often without historical plaques do not know what you look.


  3. Hopefully you can get back someday.

  4. The plaque pays gracious respect to early missionaries and their efforts in remote regions. Beautifully worded and informative.

  5. Your French influence is interesting. We missed it by that much ...

  6. I love plaques and documenting history any way we can, including with our websites! Happy Monday, William!


  7. Love the use of light and shadow over the plaque!

  8. yes, best not to crash a funeral and start taking photos. :)

  9. Oblates had missions in the North in most settlements so I got to know them well. The last book I read was a biography on father Youngblood.

  10. When I saw the word Oblates it triggered my grade school--St Benedicts in Seattle--which was a Oblates of Ireland Motherhouse. We grew up with the priests and their wonderful accents.
    Love the stained glass for Easter.

  11. Better not to disturb a funeral...

  12. Very informative plaque, William.

  13. Lovely plaque and the light shinning on it is quite lovely.

    cheers, parsnip

  14. your blog header is so beautiful.

  15. Fascinating stuff as usual William..

  16. It sounds as if these folks were more sensitive to the native peoples than ones in the U.S. Treatment here was tempered less with sensitivity and more with missionary zeal. Nonbelievers were sometimes forced to leave their families and communities if they didn't convert.

  17. @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Tomas: they do come in handy, however brief they may be.

    @Halcyon: it's no problem at all- I'm often downtown, it's just a matter of stepping into the church when it's quiet.

    @Gemma: it had to have been a hard life for them.

    @Peter: in this part of the city particularly, there's a strong French influence, but the country as a whole has that mix of French and English. I think it's positive for us.

    @Mo: I'm waiting for the tulips to turn up soon!

    @Janis: I often used to wonder how long it would take to view every historical plaque in the country.

    @Norma: thank you!

    @Tex: definitely not!

  18. @Red: it tends to be an aspect of religion that's more distant for me- perhaps because I don't come from a Catholic background.

    @MB: and here I was deep in secular education.

    @VP: it could bring bad luck, after all.

    @RedPat: thank you!

    @Parsnip: thanks!

    @Tammie: it was time for a spring shot, even if it doesn't quite feel like spring.

    @Geoff: thanks!

    @Randy: it would definitely be bad luck.

    @Kay: we've had our share of problems in that area.

  19. A very interesting plaque and historical snapshot. I wonder if the indigenous people would agree with all of it?

  20. Hmmmm. Hope you can go back so we can see the inside. :)

  21. Of course, judging by our reactions, you now know that you shall have to return...

  22. I took a closer look at this, William, and it brings back fond memories for me of when Quebec was more bilingual, as in having signs in both English and French. Now it is all French. Thanks for sharing this plaque.

  23. Now that's a place I would love to visit.

  24. @Fotoslopher: they'd have a different view.

    @EG: I've photographed inside on a couple of occasions.

    @Ciel: of course! I should return sometime soon as it's been awhile.

    @Linda: you're welcome.

    @Denise: it's quite a church.