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Memorable Manitobans: Louis Ralph Sherman (1886-1953)


Born at Fredericton, New Brunswick on 26 August 1886, he was locally educated and graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1907 with honours in classics. He received an MA from the University of New Brunswick, then studied divinity at Bishop’s College. In 1909 he was chosen Rhodes Scholar for New Brunswick, and attended Christ Church College, Oxford. He was ordained deacon in 1912 and priest in 1913, both in London, England. He returned to New Brunswick as curate of Trinity Church, St. John’s in 1914, becoming rector at Holy Trinity, Toronto in 1917. He was appointed rector of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Quebec in 1925, and then bishop of Calgary in 1926. In 1943 he was elected sixth archbishop of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert’s Land. He was an ardent supporter of a self-supporting Canadian Church. In 1949 he was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba. Stricken with a brain hemorrhage while vacationing at Clear Lake, he died at the Brandon General Hospital on 31 July 1953 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

Father of Louis Ralph “Bud” Sherman.


“Archbishop Sherman dies at 66,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 1953, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 August 1953, page 26.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 March 2017

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