• Voices from the Gathering PlaceSault Ste. Marie: 1622 - 1870

Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868

By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

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Bishop Alexander MacDonell


The MacDonell's were from Scotland and Alan's relative was a Catholic Priest for several hundred Scottish Highlanders (Scots who lived in the more mountainous parts of Scotland).


When these Highlanders were forced off their land, Alexander brought them to the city of Glasgow and found work for them.


Then, when their employment in Glasgow dried up, Alexander organized their immigration to Canada where he helped them settle in what we now call Glengarry county, Ontario.


Do you know anyone who did extraordinary things to help those less fortunate?


What would you be willing to do to help others? Would you be willing to leave your own country to help them settle in another one?


A portrait painting of Alexander MacDonell, the first Catholic Bishop of Upper Canada, circa 1823-24, Bishop MacDonell Portrait collection, Library and Archives Canada, C-011059