Saint Patrick's of Montreal by Alan Hustak
Finalist for The Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction in 1998
Saint Patrick’s Basilica in Montreal observed its 150th anniversary in 1997, yet few are aware of the magnificent neo-Gothic building in the city’s downtown core. More than a religious institution, the church is older than Canada, and has been at the heart of the episcopal, linguistic, political, and social history of Montreal.
This history offers a fascinating glimpse at the creative tension that resulted when French and English speaking Irish Roman Catholics, divided by language but united by faith, clashed in a struggle of wills. It is the story of stubborn bishops, dynamic pastors, and colourful parishoners who contributed to the evolution of the basilica from a branch-chapel of Nôtre-Dâme, to the parent church of Montreal’s 250,000 English speaking Roman Catholics.
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