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Mackenzie's Parish on Story Net

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For decades, St. Dominic's Church parish served as the spiritual, educational and social hub for a vibrant community of English-speaking Catholics living in Montreal's East End.

 

 

 

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MacKenzie's Parish

Recording Date:- 22-02-2013

Storyteller:- Edna-May MacKenzie

Province:- Quebec

Language:- English

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For decades, St. Dominic's Church parish served as the spiritual, educational and social hub for a vibrant community of English-speaking Catholics living in Montreal's East End.


"I remember being five years old and not being able to speak French. And boy, did we have to learn quick."

For decades, St. Dominic's Church parish served as the spiritual, educational and social hub for a vibrant community of English-speaking Catholics living in Montreal's East End.

Growing up anglophone in a mostly French neighbourhood was challenging, but today 49-year-old Edna-May MacKenzie can't imagine living anywhere else. She and her husband are raising their daughter Tiffany Rose in the very same house that her parents bought on Parthenais Street in 1963.

Edna-May's grandparents were amongh the Irish and Scottish immigrants who first began to settle in the neighbourhood around the turn of the last century. In 1912 enough funds were raised to build a modest basement church, a school and a beautiful adjoining presbytery.

Nothing of these buildings remain now except memories and photographs.


After the church was sold in the 1970s services were held in a storefront church on Mont-Royal Avenue. Later, the parishioners shared space with another congregation. In 2008 the parish was closed.


Edna-May speaks to StoryNet about her father Malcolm, St. Dominic's last parish administrator and a prankster who recognized the value of having fun.

Recorded in Montreal.