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Morley StudentsAlthough John Niddrie answered his call to the ministry early, his formal career as a missionary began relatively late in life at age 47. He was assigned to Oxford House in 1910 and remained there for five years, during which time he learned Cree and ministered to the needs of his community, spiritually and physically. He became attached to the people he served and felt satisfied by his work and time spent at Oxford House. 

McDougall School - MorleyIn 1915 Niddrie was ordained as a minister in the Methodist Church of Canada and moved from Oxford House to Island Lake. There he became an itinerant minister preaching at Oxford House, God's Lake, Island Lake, Sandy Lake and Deer Lake. Despite initial regrets at being moved to Island Lake, within a few years he had once again formed meaningful attachments with community members. Although his next posting at Berens River was a larger circuit, Niddrie adeptly made his rounds for 18 years, counselling, baptizing and preaching, before retiring in 1938.


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