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St. Joachim's Church, Edmonton

St. Joachim's Church in Edmonton, 1912St. Joachim's is Edmonton's oldest Roman Catholic parish, dating back to 1854 when Father Albert Lacombe converted a small building within Fort Edmonton into a chapel. It was later given the name of St. Joachim by Bishop Alexander Antoine Taché.

The parish remained within the Fort until 1877 when it was rebuilt at 121 Archbishop Alexandre Antonin Tache Street and Jasper Avenue on land donated by Malcolm Groat. During this period there was no single resident parish priest with various clergymen taking up the task at different times. In 1883, Father Henri Grandin became the first resident priest. In 1883 he purchased some land from the Hudson's Bay Company and in 1886 had completed work on a third St. Joachim's Church. Grandin left the parish in1889 and it was presided over by several priests over the next decade, including Father Lacombe.

St. Joachim's Church and Rectory, 1912Father Hippolyte Leduc took over the church in 1896. Under his direction in the summer of 1898 construction of the existing church at 9920-110 Street began. The completed building, which opened on December 8, 1999, was unmistakably Roman Catholic in design but unique for Alberta-the building materials, such as interior wood paneling and the use of side pinnacles, were more common of Quebec architecture. St. Joachim's was designated a provincial historic resource in 1978.

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