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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


File consists of collection of play scripts and entertainments, some typescript and some published booklets, used by the Dandelion Club. No dates.

Dandelion Club


File consists of oratorical speeches given at Dandelion Club meetings, 1956

Dandelion Club


File consists of summary report of Parish Campaign Review meeting, May 3, 1993 and report for 1997 and Deanery Representatives report, 1998

Annual Bishop's Appeal


File consists of minutes of an organizational meeting regarding fundraising in the Diocese, July 15, 1991 and of Share Life Board of Governors (later the Executive Committee) from Oct 2 1991 to Mar 19, 1992 and minutes of the Annual Bishop's Appeal from Oct 19, 1992 to Dec 13, 1994.

Annual Bishop's Appeal


File consists of three newsletters from the Annual Bishop's Appeal. The title of the publications were Glad Tidings: News, Views, Happenings (Vol. 1; No. 7) and Tidings: Fund Raising Through Faith Raising (Vol. 3, No. 2), and (Vol. 3, No. 7). Includes announcement of a half-day retreat on Stewardship, Sept 12, 1995.

Annual Bishop's Appeal

Reorganization, 1995

File consists of two memoranda regarding the reorganization of the Office of Administration of Ecclesiastical Temporalities dated Nov 8 and 15, 1995. Includes organizational chart and list of Diocesan services.

Administration of Ecclesiastical Temporalities


File consists of papers of the Cathedral Plaza Committee sent to the Diocesan Association for Senior Citizens, outlining plans for the Cathedral Plaza proposed construction project, 1981. Also includes maps and plans for the proposed development of senior citizen's subsidized housing at St. Mary's Cathedral (Cathedral Plaza).

Diocesan Association for Senior Citizens


File consists of financial statements of the Diocesan Association for Senior Citizens, 1976-1980. Includes auditor's report, balance sheet, statement of income and deficit and some information on board members.

Diocesan Association for Senior Citizens


File consists of copies of Certificates of Title for Plan B1 Mission dating from 1911 to 1976 collected in relation to development for the Diocesan Association for Senior Citizens. Includes correspondence regarding the fire loss of 201 - 17th Avenue SW and Income Tax Exempt status for the Diocesan Association for Senior Citizens. Also includes lease agreement with Southside Taxi Co. and subsequent insurance papers regarding the fire loss transcripts of the court case between the Diocese (Plaintiffs) and Zurich Insurance Company (Defendants) regarding Diocesan Association for Senior Citizens fire loss. Includes letter naming the settlement amount.

Diocesan Association for Senior Citizens

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 comprises one photograph of Bishop Emil. J. Legal, c. 1902 and photocopies and description of photograph of Archbishop Legal used in Diocese of Calgary publication, 'Cattolica', 1911-1912. Original copyrighted to Glenbow Library, ref. no. NA-3643-1, c.1911.

Legal, Emil, 1849-1920

Medicine Hat

The file contains correspondence related to the dispute between Bishop McNally and the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis over the competence of the sisters as teachers. The Sisters of Charity of St. Louis arrived in Medicine Hat in 1911 and taught in St. Louis Roman Catholic Separate School district. In 1917, Fr. M.F. Fitzpatrick, parish priest of Medicine Hat and superintendent of the Medicine Hat Separate School Board, “reported” that two sisters – one of whom was the principal – “were not capable of teaching.” Fr. Fitzpatrick maintained that the “only way to bring the school up to standard” was for the board to replace the Sister who was the principal with a lay principal. This the board did in March. Apparently, the “effect” of the board’s decision was that “all the parishioners were under the impression that the Sisters were being persecuted by the Bishop and clergy.” J. McCourt, chairman of the board, said that the people blamed the Bishop because Fr. Fitzpatrick had told the board that he was “acting for the Bishop,” but Fr. Fitzpatrick denied having said this to the board. J. Barreau, a member of the board, maintained that the Bishop and his clergy had never persecuted the sisters and that the sisters had behaved “abominably” ever since the hiring of the lay principal. J.A. Landry, Secretary-Treasurer of the board, declared that in 1916, the Sisters had falsely claimed that the board owed them over $400.00 in unpaid wages. He also said that the Bishop had not influenced the board “in its actions with reference to the sisters.”
In the fall of 1917, three sisters resigned from teaching. In April 1918, Sr. St. Gurval, Mother Superior of the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis in Medicine Hat, wrote a letter to Bishop McNally requesting an interview with him. Bishop McNally replied that he could not consider granting Sr. St. Gurval an interview until she provided proof for several “accusations and insinuations” that she had made regarding the Bishop and his priests or, “failing that,” issued a “retraction of and an apology for” the same “accusations and insinuations.” McNally said that he felt himself “obliged” to require these “preliminary steps” from Sr. St. Gurvval “in the name of truth and justice which have been sadly outraged, and for the safeguarding of the authority of God’s holy Church and the dignity of His representatives.”
The file also contains Sr. St. Gurval’s reply to Bishop McNally in French.

In addition, the file contains three documents regarding the legal issues surrounding the construction of St. Patrick’s Church in Medicine Hat.

McNally, John T., 1871-1952

Congregation des Filles de Jesus

File consists of copies of two letters in French from the Congregation des Filles de Jesus to Bishop John T. McNally. Includes one from Sr. Mie. Ste. Osmanne of the Convent at Pincher Creek dated Apr 6, 1918 and the other from Sr. Marie de Ste. Blandine, Superior General in Kermaria, France datedSept 3, 1919. Copied by A.J. Hetherington

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

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

Grey Nuns

File consists of correspondence from and relating to the Grey Nuns, 1917-1924. The last document, dated December 30, 1924, is a letter from Sr. St. Agatha of the Grey Nuns’ Convent in Ottawa to Bishop McNally shortly after the latter’s accession to the See of Hamilton.

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.


File consists of general correspondence collected by Bishop McNally.

McNally, John T., 1871-1952


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.

Oblates of Mary Immaculate

File consists of correspondence and other papers pertaining to the relations between Bishop McNally and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Most of these documents concern Sacred Heart Parish, Calgary and St. Patrick’s Church, Lethbridge.

McNally, John T., 1871-1952

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.

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