Holy Rosary Cathedral - Historic Places Days

Holy Rosary Cathedral

Vancouver, British Columbia
Type
Places of Faith
Address
Holy Rosary Cathedral, Richards Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Get directions

Participating in #HISTORICPLACESDAYS

Located at 646 Richards Street, Vancouver, this historic place is valued for its association with Archbishop Augustin Dontenwill, of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate came to Canada from France in 1841 to promote Christianity to Indigenous people and settlers. While many of their contributions were celebrated in the past, they have more recently issued apologies for their role in the residential school system and for the part they played in the “cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious imperialism” towards Indigenous people.

Dontenwill was born in France and came to the US as a child, then was educated at the college that became the University of Ottawa. He became the first archbishop of Vancouver. The dedication of the religious order to their ministry is evident in the funding source for the construction of this church, which required a mortgage to be put against the order’s headquarters in France.

It is in this cathedral, of French and Quebec style, that masses were said in French for the Francophone community. It is credited as becoming the religious capital of Francophones in B.C.

Discover similar sites with Heritage BC’s Cultural Maps.

 

Location

Holy Rosary Cathedral, Richards Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Get directions

Nearby Places

Vancouver Block

Vancouver, British Columbia
Since 1912, the Vancouver Block has been a landmark in downtown Vancouver.
View Place | Get Directions

Vancouver Block

Vancouver, British Columbia
A landmark on the Vancouver skyline since 1912.
View Place | Get Directions

Rogers Building

Vancouver, British Columbia
Over a century old and ten storeys high, the Rogers Building is a landmark of downtown Van…
View Place | Get Directions

Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver, British Columbia
Founded in 1931 and located on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəýəm (Musqueam)…
View Place | Get Directions

Popular VisitLists Including "Holy Rosary Cathedral"

Explore British Columbia’s Francophone Historic Places

to North Vancouver, British Columbia 8 places
The eight historic places on this VisitList represent the valuable contributions made by the Francophone community to British Columbia’s economic, cultural, and social history. They are nominated and provincially recognized historic places, as identified through the Francophone Historic Places Recognition Project. Visit Heritage BC’s website to learn more about Francophone historic places and use their […]
View VisitList

Register A Place

Create an account to add your historic place.

Make a VisitList

Welcome! To get started on a VisitList, you’ll need to have an account with #HistoricPlacesDays.


Already have an account? to sign in.
We use your contact information to process your registration and correspond with you about the National Trust and its programs. You can unsubscribe at any time. We care about your privacy. Read our privacy statement.

Sign In

Sites that participate in #HistoricPlacesDays need to have an account.

Welcome! To get started on a new VisitList or to edit an existing one, you’ll need to have an account with #HistoricPlacesDays. Sign in below!


Not registered? Click here to create an account.

Forgot Password

Enter your email address to request a password reset.


to sign in.

Get the latest scoop on everything #HistoricPlacesDays – join our e-newsletter and never miss a beat.