|Air Photo Study
Canadian Martyrs Church
As detailed in the history of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (found here), the arrival of this Order in the Ottawa area in the 1840's was the precursor of the eventual formation of the Ottawa East Catholic community. The leadership of the Oblates created institutions such as the University of Ottawa, St. Paul University and St. Patrick's College and churches such as Ste. Famille and Canadian Martyrs.
The history of Canadian Martyrs Church, reproduced below with the kind
permission of Father Carl Kelly, OMI, was written by church parishioners
for the 50th Anniversary and updated for the 60th Anniversary. As mentioned
in the document, a Special Committee headed by Anne Burns did the original
work. The document was scanned and then converted to text using Optical
Character Recognition. Some of the material and photos were omitted but
the material here has been reproduced as faithfully as possible. Where
possible additional photographs have been added to enhance the reader's
understanding. The original document is held in the church archive. We
are indeed fortunate to have this documentation of an integral part of
the history of Ottawa East.
|A brief history of the martyrdom of the priests who became the "Canadian Martyrs" can be found here and a description of the stain glass windows can be found here.
1930 - 1990
|One of the aims of the 60th Anniversary Committee is to give
new and old parishioners a flashback into the history and events which have
moulded Canadian Martyrs Parish - the early days, present day parish life
and its resources, and its goals for the future.
|We were fortunate to uncover a manuscript, prepared by a Special
Committee headed by Anne Burns, which was intended to celebrate the Parish's
50th Anniversary, but was never published. It is evident from the information
contained herein that this Committee spent much time, energy and dedication
in researching and collating the data. The task of the 60th Anniversary
Committee was to fill in the intervening ten years. Our appreciation is
extended to our predecessors for a job well done.
|It is the hope of the Committee that this booklet will draw
parishioners closer together and lead all nearer to God. The parish is a
group of people who have joined together, working through the various means
within their power, to promote the sanctification of the individual members,
families and the community. Toward this objective, the commitment and efforts
of all parishioners, young and old, are needed.
|For many, a trip through memory lane will be nostalgic but
for all it can be an inspiration.
|Some of the pictures have been copied from the 25th Anniversary booklet.