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Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus fonds


Physical Description:
43 cm of textual records. -- 1 microfilm reel. -- 2 audio cassettes. -- 29 photographs

The Catholic religious order, Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus, was founded in France in 1820 with the primary purpose of providing Christian education for young girls. It was officially approved by Pope Gregory XVI in 1837 and soon established schools in Great Britain, France and Italy. In 1883 members were assigned to western Canada for missionary and teaching work. The order established itself in Saskatchewan at Prince Albert and St. Laurent, but after the Riel Rebellion moved to Calgary, Alberta. The work rapidly grew, with schools being opened in Brandon, Manitoba, Rat Portage, Ontario, Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, and in Edmonton and Lethbridge, Alberta. By the first decade of the 1900s only the schools in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge were still in operation. The order continued to teach in Calgary's Sacred Heart Convent until the 1960s. Although still primarily a teaching order, it has branched into various outreach programs such as retreats, and parish and prison ministries.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of annals of activities in western Canada (1883-1946 [photocopied]); newsclippings (1924-1975); various histories of the order; photographs of Sacred Heart Convent, St. Mary's school and pupils (1913-1950s); and miscellaneous programs, communion cards, pamphlets, calendars and greeting cards. Includes a publication, "Catholic Centennial Souvenir, 1812-1912" (on microfilm); Sister L.A. Hochstein's MEd thesis, "Roman Catholic Separate and Public Schools in Alberta" (1954); and a recorded interview with teacher, Ethel MacDonald (1978).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Wilfred Walter Barry, Bishop Vital Grandin, Mother Mary Greene, Father Albert Lacombe, Metis, Sister Stanislaus Poiret, 1885 Riel Rebellion (North West Rebellion), and Second World War (order's activities in France).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus, 1977-2006.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
The original annals and "Catholic Centennial Souvenir" are held by the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1395, M-3135, M-5625, M-5708, M-6622, M-6663, PA-1915, NA-3550, RCT-221, Microfilm-Sisters Faithful

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