St. Mary's Catechistical Society of Halifax records

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St. Mary's Catechistical Society of Halifax records

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  • 1840-1849, 1881 (Creation)
    St. Mary's Catechistical Society of Halifax

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1 cm of textual records (1 volume)

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The St. Mary's Catechistical Society of Halifax was a committee of men, and later women, founded in 1840 by Rev. Lawrence Joseph Dease to promote Christian education. The society founded free schools for Catholic children. Members of the society included laypeople who promoted education for children, some of whom volunteered to teach. Full-time teachers were employed to teach the children at two schools, St. Mary's Parochial Male School and St. Patrick's School. Meetings of the society were held regularly. The society contributed to paying for the new sacristy at St. Mary's Cathedral, set up rules for the Christine Doctrine Society, and awarded prizes to the classes and students who had the best knowledge of Christian doctrine. Prominent members of the society included Michael Tobin and Daniel Creamer.

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Series forms part of St. Mary's Basilica (Halifax, N.S.) fonds and consists of minutes and account book (1840-1849) for the society and an illuminated calligraphy address (11 July 1881) to Monsignor Patrick Power, in recognition of 30 years of service. This society was formed in 1840 to promote Christian education and they founded two free schools for Catholic children: St. Mary's Parochial Male School and St. Patrick's School in the north end of Halifax. The Society members paid the wages of its teachers, awarded prizes to students, and provided clothing and shoes for those who could not afford to buy them. Arranged chronologically, the minutes and account book contains correspondence, member lists, membership dues, resolutions, amounts collected and ongoing totals for individuals at the back of the book, arranged alphabetically.

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999-12 calligraphy, 002-18

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