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Alberta's Francophone Heritage
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Religious Life

Roman Catholic




Participation in the activities of the church took on an accentuated role for French-Canadian settlers. Not only had the clergy played a large role in their coming to the West and the initial community building, the church and the activities surrounding it were often considered the most significant places in any given community.

or the French-Canadians, the Catholic Church was the principal player, but there were also francophone Protestants, such as the Duclos settlement near Bonnyville. This section includes a brief overview of the various religious orders that came to Alberta, established parishes, and built major institutions such as schools and hospitals.


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