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Circular letters

Series consists of the circular letters of Bishop Vital J. Grandin produced while he was bishop of the Diocese of St. Albert and later retained by the Diocese of Calgary

Grandin, O.M.I., Vital Justin, 1829-1902

Bishop Vital J. Grandin papers

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  • 1885-1902

Fonds consists of papers of Bishop Vital J. Grandin produced while he was bishop of the Diocese of St. Albert

Grandin, O.M.I., Vital Justin, 1829-1902


File consists of news clippings concerning Bishop Vital J. Grandin, a booklet entitled 'Bishop V. Grandin: a Northern Apostle'. La Survivance Printing. (Edmonton, AB, 1936), and a photograph on card of Bishop Grandin and his brother? Card presented to Bishop Carroll, Calgary by Mrs John R. Costigan, Vancouver, BC. Also includes Ordinance from Archbishop Henry Joseph O'Leary of Edmonton concerning the Beatification of the servant of God, Msgr. Vital Justin Grandin dated Sept 30, 1029.

Grandin, O.M.I., Vital Justin, 1829-1902

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

Administrative files

Series consists of administrative records created or collected by the Office of the Bishop. Series include records concerning parish boundaries, staff meeting minutes, policies and procedures, calendars, budgetary information, plans and reports, as well as strategic plans and subject files.


Series consists of legal files created and accumulated by the Office of the Bishop during the course of business. Includes land titles.


Series consists of records pertaining to various anniversaries celebrated by the Diocese of Calgary. Includes 50th anniversary for the Province of Alberta (1955), 75th anniversary of the Diocese of Calgary (1987).


Series consists of financial files created and accumulated by the Office of the Bishop during the course of business. Includes annual financial reports.

Parish boundaries

File consists of records of former parish boundaries of rural parishes: Vauxhall, Tilley, Medicine Hat, Brooks, Raymond, Warner, Milk River, Rockyford, Beiseker, Coleman, Blairmore, Calgary: St. Cecilia, St. Anne's; Midnapore, Black Diamond, Canmore, St. Clement's, Corpus Christi circa 1960?

Apostolic delegate (Nuncio)

File consists of correspondence with the Apostolic Delegate for Canada and Newfoundland, 1924 to 1932, including papers related to the visit of Most Rev. Andrea Cassulo to Calgary on Nov 2, 1927. Also includes correspondence with the Apostolic Delegate from 1944 to 1984 and with the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio from 1987 to 1997. Also includes notification regarding Vassula Ryden from the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.


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

Appointment and Installation

File consists of material related to the appointment and installation of Bishop John T. McNally as first bishop of Calgary, including letter of installation from the Apostolic Delegate and the Papal Bull

McNally, John T., 1871-1952


File consists of correspondence between the Bishop's Office, building contractors and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the Ogden area of Calgary, 1914.

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


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


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

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