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Pages of Parish History Victoria County, Ontario Canada

The religious life of a people is a vital factor in its history. Few interests, if any, affect man more closely than his spiritual convictions. To attempt, however, to sketch a century of church development throughout the whole of a county would give only a diffuse confusion of petty, parochial details without any unifying principle as yet to give the narrative coherence and intelligibility.

I have therefore taken the church history of Lindsay, the county town, as typical of that diversity of creed and practice which is so common in our own and other Ontario counties. We have here six denominations of varying strengths. The abounding activity of congregations in this new country is nowhere shown better than in the building of churches. From 1841 to 1921 the population of Lindsay has grown from perhaps 50 up to about 8000, and during that same 80 years the local congregations have put up no fewer than 19 church buildings. This seems at once a. proof of enormous vitality and a confession of the prodigality of energy and means which goes with diversity of faith and duplication of effort. These points are implicit in the more detailed sketches of individual churches which now follow.

Pages of Parish History

Catholic Church

History of St. Mary's Church, Lindsay

First Resident Priest of Lindsay

Father Chisholm Plans New Church

A Famous Apostle of Temperance

Methodist Church

The First Resident Methodist Minister

1854 to 1868, Senior Incumbents

A Season of Amalgamation

Pastors of the Cambridge Street Church

East Ward Methodist Church

Pastors 1891-1917

Presbyterianism in Lindsay

The Coming of Disruption

The Church Reunited Once More

Church of England

Curates of Church

Baptist Church

Pastors 1893-1920

The Salvation Army

 

Victoria County, Ontario Canada Centennial History, Watson Kirkconnell M.A., 1921

Victoria County


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