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Bishop John T. Kidd papers
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Reception and Installation

File consists of newspaper clippings regarding Bishop John T. Kidd’s arrival in Calgary, May 13, 1925. It also includes the draft text from Bishop Kidd's arrival. A welcoming committee met him at the train station, and an honor guard of Knights of Columbus accompanied him to St. Mary’s Cathedral, where he was enthroned as Bishop. Present for the enthronement were Archbishop Sinnott of Winnipeg, Archbishop O’Leary of Edmonton, and Bishop McNally of Hamilton (formerly of Calgary). The next day Pontifical High Mass was celebrated, after which a luncheon with the clergy was held at the Palliser Hotel.
That evening, a banquet was held at the same hotel, at which “men and women representative of the best citizenship of Calgary” were present (The Calgary Daily Herald, May 15, 1925). The guests at the banquet included Archbishop Sinnott, Archbishop O’Leary, Bishop O’Donnell of Victoria, Mayor George H. Webster, and Patrick Burns, prominent Calgarian and Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. After a number of speakers had welcomed Bishop Kidd, the latter made a reply in which he stated: “As bishop, my office here will be to inculcate in the hearts of all, first, the love of God, that it may dominate you always, God always first; second, love toward your fellowmen, which has evidently been practiced here in Calgary. I trust that it may continue always, and I promise to do all in my power to increase that brotherly love in Western Canada.”
One newspaper clip (from The Catholic Record) contains the text of the homily preached by Bishop McNally at the Mass at which Bishop Kidd was consecrated to the episcopate in St. Michael’s Cathedral, Toronto, on May 6, 1925.
File also contains materials relating to a purse of gold given to Bishop Kidd by the Alumni of St. Augustine’s Seminary under the direction of Francis P. Carroll, Secretary-Treasurer of the St. Augustine’s Seminary Alumni Association and later Bishop of Calgary himself.
File also includes the draft text of an address to Bishop Kidd signed on behalf of the clergy of the Diocese and the draft text of an address signed on behalf of the laity.
See Reception in Calgary (16.657).

Kidd, John T., 1868-1950

Radio broadcasts

File consists of a contract, memorandum of agreement, and other papers related to religious broadcasts from the Diocese of Calgary on the program “The Voice of the Prairies Limited” over Station C.F.C.N during 1927-1928 and 1928-1929.
File also includes a clipping from The Albertan, June 16, 1972 about programs and broadcasts on CFCN, including the broadcasts from the Diocese of Calgary during the episcopate of Bishop Kidd; a card with an image of Christ on one side and two prayers on the other; photographs of Bishop Kidd; images of Bishop Kidd’s coat of arms.

Kidd, John T., 1868-1950


File consists of a newspaper article concerning the Silver Jubilee of Bishop John T. Kidd’s priestly ordination, two biographical articles about Bishop Kidd (authors?), and a document with Bishop Kidd’s episcopal pedigree. File also consists of one biographical article about Bishop John T. Kidd (author?). Although the article is located in 16.662, it has “16.660” written on it in pencil.

Kidd, John T., 1868-1950

Archbishop Andrea Cassulo, Apostolic Delegate to Canada and Newfoundland, Nov 2, 1927

Item consists of photograph of Archbishop Andrea Cassulo, Apostolic Delegate to Canada and Newfoundland. He paid an official visit to Calgary beginning November 2, 1927. Official reception at the Cathedral. During his stay he gave Benediction and preached at St. Angela's, Riverside, Calgary (in the school assembly hall being used then as a church), sermon being in Italian. Italians from everywhere packed the place. This picture taken at Lacombe Home where the Delegate was guest at lunch.
Includes duplicate print
In the picture:
Front row: Pat Burns, Bishop Kidd, Delegate, J.J. Duggan and Msgr. J.J. Blair of the Church Extension Society
Middle row: Fr. D. Moreau, J.B. Moriarty, A. Newman, A.J.H. (Hetherington), A. Luhowy (Ukrainian), N. Anderson, Thomas Greene
Back row: J.S. Smith, A.E. Rouleau, Fr. Bocchini

Cassulo, Archbishop Andrea


File consists of a document entitled Facultates Dioecesis Calgariensis that contains a complete list in Latin of the faculties granted by Bishop John T. Kidd to the priests of the Diocese of Calgary (1927); a letter from Bishop Kidd to the clergy of the Diocese entitled “Explanation of Faculties Issued to the Reverend Clergy of the Diocese of Calgary” (1927); several miscellaneous letters concerning the affairs of the Diocese during the years 1925, 1927, 1928, and 1929. These letters include a letter from Bishop Kidd to Archbishop O’Leary of Edmonton regarding arrangements with the Grant Radio Company to make radio broadcasts and two letters from Bishop Kidd to Bishop John T. McNally, Kidd’s predecessor. File contains some documents in French.

Kidd, John T., 1868-1950

Circular letters

File consists of over twenty circular letters issued by Bishop John T. Kidd during his time in Calgary.

Kidd, John T., 1868-1950


File consists of photographs of the arrival of Bishop John T. Kidd in Calgary and of the procession to St. Mary’s Cathedral for his installation. File also consists of a photograph of Archbishop Andrea Cassulo, Apostolic Delegate to Canada and Newfoundland, Bishop John T. Kidd, and others during the Delegate’s official visit to Calgary, which began on November 2, 1927, taken at the Lacombe Home, where the Delegate was a guest for lunch. Also contains a few other miscellaneous photographs.

Kidd, John T., 1868-1950

Bishop John T. Kidd papers

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  • 1924-1931

This fonds consists of papers related to Bishop John T. Kidd while he was Bishop of Calgary from 1924 to 1931.

Kidd, John T., 1868-1950