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File consists of correspondence from Rome concerning the controversy with Sacred Heart Church, Calgary.

McNally, John T., 1871-1952


File consists of correspondence and other materials regarding the Ursulines from Chatham, Ontario. At the invitation of Bishop McNally, a group of Ursuline Sisters from Chatham arrived in Calgary on September 5, 1921 in order to found a new community that would provide teachers for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Calgary. Bishop McNally wrote that the new community would be “diocesan,” that is, it would exist “exclusively for, and within the limits of the Diocese of Calgary.” A novitiate for the new community was set up at St. Anne’s Convent.


File consists of material related to McNally's time as parish priest at St. Stephen's, Old Chelsea, Archdiocese of Gatineau and at St Mary's, Almonte, Ontario. Includes a letter from Wilfred Laurier congratulating McNally on his appointment to the Diocese of Calgary

McNally, John T., 1871-1952

Sacred Heart School, Calgary

File consists of correspondence and papers related to the Calgary Separate School Board, Bishop John T. McNally, and Sacred Heart School.
In 1915, J.A. Smith, inspector of the public schools, and Fr. A.B. MacDonald, superintendent of the Calgary Separate School Board, both gave unfavourable reports concerning the work of Sr. M. Augustine, an Ursuline of Jesus who taught at Sacred Heart School. Fr. MacDonald wrote: “One cannot tell whether the pupils are working or enjoying high holiday, and cannot tell whether the teacher is working with the holiday makers or with the others.” As a result, the school board did not re-engage Sr. Augustine for the following year.
Some parents were upset about the decision of the school board and circulated various petitions to have Sr. Augustine re-instated. The board was also accused of borrowing $50,000.00 at an annual interest rate of eight percent – an accusation that the board denied. On Thursday, July 22, certain men held a meeting in order to ask the school board to re-instate Sr. Augustine. Fr. A. Jan, O.M.I., pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, attended this meeting as he “had overheard rumors connecting [Bishop McNally’s] name with the decision of the Board.” He told the Bishop later that he had taken “no part whatever in discussion concerning the dismissal of the Sister.”
On Sunday, July 25, 1915, a letter was read at Mass saying that Bishop McNally would address the congregation the following Sunday and that until then parishioners were to refrain from attending any meetings or causing any agitation concerning school matters. Nevertheless, certain parishioners continued to cause such agitation.
On Sunday, August 1, 1915, Bishop McNally gave his promised address. He defended the school board and spoke of their “disinterested work for the best fulfilment of the most sacred trust reposed in them.” He rebuked those parishioners who had been sowing the “seed of discord” by attacking the school board and by continuing to cause agitation despite the bishop’s prohibition. He reminded the congregation that the source of the bishop’s power is divine and that there can be no unity with Christ apart from unity with the bishop.

McNally, John T., 1871-1952

Eucharistic Congress, 1908

File consists of clippings collected, mainly from the Times of London, concerning the nineteenth Eucharistic Congress held in London, England, September 9-13, 1908. Includes programme for the Congress

McNally, John T., 1871-1952

Esler and Huntley

File consists of materials related to Bishop McNally, Catholic barrister P. Harcourt-O’Reilly (see 25th Anniversary of Ordination (15.631)), and two Protestant ministers: Alexander Esler and J. Austin Huntley.
On July 11, 1915, Rev. Alexander Esler of Presbyterian Grace Church gave a sermon to a group of Orangemen in which he declared that the Roman Catholic Church was “behind the [First World] war” and that the “kaiser is the best friend of the Vatican.” P. Harcourt-O’Reilly, Catholic barrister, charged Esler with sedition. According to The Calgary News-Telegram, O’Reilly claimed to be making the charge “on behalf of the Roman Catholics of this city and country.” On July 23, Bishop McNally issued a statement in which he called Esler’s statements “untrue and unjust” but also said that the Catholic Church “as such, has nothing whatsoever to do” with O’Reilly’s “charge and threatened prosecution.” He said that it “is not the teaching of the church or her Divine Master to seek revenge” and that O’Reilly had “in no way consulted the spiritual head of this diocese in the matter in question.” On July 28, O’Reilly wrote to McNally: “My action was in accord with and in support of my rights as a citizen and a British subject without any intention to arrogate to myself the defence of the Catholic Church.” He also said: “As the result of a long and more or less friendly chat with Rev. Mr. Esler yesterday and also with some of the leaders of his church I might say that nothing of the kind will occur again for a very long time.”
On December 16, 1916, Rev. J. Austin Huntley, pastor of First Baptist Church in Calgary, had a letter published in The Calgary Daily Herald in which he was accused the Catholic Church of idolatry. A week later, The Herald published a rebuttal to Huntley’s letter which was simply signed “Catholic.” The author of the rebuttal was P. Harcourt O’Reilly.

McNally, John T., 1871-1952

25th Anniversary of Ordination

File consists of material relating to the 25th Anniversary of Bishop John T. McNally's ordination to the priesthood, including information on the establishment of a Silver Jubilee Fund. Also contains one news article regarding the Golden Jubilee of McNally's priestly ordination, when he was Archbishop of Halifax.

Pastoral visitations

File consists of correspondence between Rev. Arthur J. Hetherington, secretary to Bishop John T. McNally, and priests in the Diocese of Calgary regarding pastoral visitations and administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation by Bishop McNally for the years 1914, 1915, and 1917.


File consists of general correspondence collected by Bishop McNally.

McNally, John T., 1871-1952

Archbishop McNally Masses

File consists of papers relating to Bishop John T. McNally's personal loan to the Diocese of Calgary on December 18, 1938 and the subsequent "McNally Masses".

McNally, John T., 1871-1952


File consists of Bishop John T. McNally's correspondence related to the issue of dances under the auspices of parishes or Catholic societies. Includes publication 'Un Sujet de Meditation: La Danse et Les Bals' by Bishop Mathieu Elzear-Olivier of Regina and one newsclipping. Some material in French

McNally, John T., 1871-1952


File consists of a collection of translated copies of records submitted by Bishop John T. McNally to the Sacred Consistorial Congregation in Rome as allegations against the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in his dispute against them. Material has been translated into Italian from English originals. Location of the originals unknown. English translation available for some of the allegations.

McNally, John T., 1871-1952

Annual Bishop's Appeal

  • Subfonds
  • 1993-2010

Sous-fonds consists of papers of the Annual Bishop's Appeal

Annual Bishop's Appeal

Architectural drawings

File consists of architectural drawings of Carroll Place (St. Luke) and Armstrong Crescent SE (St. Cecilia) for the Diocesan Association for Senior Citizens, n.d. 1970s?

Diocesan Association for Senior Citizens


File consists of articles and clippings collected by the Dandelion Club, 1952. Includes letter from CBC and copy of a talk given by Marshall McLuhan on Sept 24, 1952. Baseball is Culture'. Also includes news clippings on the Dandelion Club, 1952 and information of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews.

Dandelion Club

Diocesan Association for Senior Citizens

  • Fonds
  • 1976-1982

Fonds consists of papers of the Diocesan Association for Senior Citizens. It developed housing for seniors in a number of parishes in Calgary during the late 1970s. Includes files of minutes, papers, and financial records.

Assembly of Women Religious, Diocese of Calgary

  • Fonds
  • 1988-2007

Fonds consists of the records of the meetings and activities of the Assembly of Women Religious, Diocese of Calgary, including minutes of the executive and general meetings, liturgical planning and outreach events

Convocation and liturgical

File consists of convocation address, Synod hymn and prayers for the Calgary Diocesan Synod. Includes history of the Synod process and 8 photographs of associated liturgical events. Also includes copy of the programme for the Convocation Mass

Calgary Diocesan Synod

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