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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Cahill (1857-1917)

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Born on Calumet Island, Quebec on 13 June 1857, son of John Cahill and Arthemise Quellette, he was educated at the University of Ottawa, entered the Oblate Order in 1874, took his vows in 1876, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1881. He did missionary work for three years then, after spending three years in Texas, in March 1885 he came to Winnipeg as assistant priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was given charge of the missions of Lake of the Woods and stations along the line of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He established an Indian Boarding School at Kenora. After fourteen years of mission work, he returned to Winnipeg as Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish, serving from 1903 to 1908, and again from 1912 to 1913. During his tenure, three new parishes were established within the district: Sacred Heart, St. Edwards, and St. Ignatius. In May 1911 he was made provincial superior of the Oblate Fathers of Manitoba. He died at St. Boniface Hospital on 6 September 1917, after a long illness.

Sources:

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“Death removes head of oblates,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 September 1917, page 4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 November 2020

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