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Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church Dalhousie

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church Dalhousie

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church is a large stone Gothic Revival style church located on Church Lane in Dalhousie. It is on a prominent crest overlooking the town and the Restigouche River. 

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church is designated a Local Historic Place due to its architectural and historical values. 

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, Dalhousie

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church is probably the best example of Gothic Revival architectural in Dalhousie. Massively constructed of dressed granite blocks, the church displays Gothic Revival style with its steep cross gabled metal roof, pointed arch windows and two large towers. 

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, Dalhousie

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, built in 1931, occupies the site of two preceding Catholic churches; the first was built in 1860 and burnt down in 1886, the second burnt circa 1930. The size and grandeur of the present church attests to the strength of the Catholic congregation of Dalhousie. 

Convent in Dalhousie
First convent school in Dalhousie, replaced in 1936. The convent was staffed by Sisters from the “Les Filles de Jésus” order, who immigrated to Canada from France in 1902, when the French government started closing parochial schools. They first hale classes in Dalhousie in an old log chapel situated on the grounds of the present day St. Jean Baptiste Church. Plans were soon made for a convent School to be built, and at the opening of the school year, the sisters enrolled 50 local pupils and 15 boarders.

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, Dalhousie


 

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  1. Looking for my family history. My family is from this area my name is retired captain Robert Boudreau royal 22nd.

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