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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Everett Cahill (1899-1962)


Born at Slocan City, British Columbia on 2 March 1899, he attended St. Joseph’s College in New Brunswick and Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax, Nova Scotia where, on 28 June 1925, he was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. He then went to Rome where he received a doctorate in Theology in 1927. He joined the staff of St. Paul’s College in 1927 and was the Director of Camp Morton (1928-1931). He was pastor of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church at Virden (1930), St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in the Weston area of Winnipeg (1930), and St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church at Regina (1931), and St. Mary's Cathedral (1935-1939).

During the Second World War, he was a chaplain in the Royal Canadian Air Force, reaching the rank of Wing Commander, and being deputy director of chaplain services in Ottawa and chief chaplain for the RCAF in England by the end of the war. Following his military discharge, he returned to St. Mary's Cathedral (1946-1962) where one of his biggest achievements was the restoration of the St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery and a large renovation program at the Cathedral.

He died at Winnipeg, following a heart attack, on 2 February 1962 and was buried in the St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery.


Birth registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“St. Mary’s Rector dies after attack,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 February 1962, page 41.

“City cleric dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 February 1962, page 3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 July 2021

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