Oblates did lots, but not everything

May 18, 2015

The article on the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (WCR, April 20) could be a bit more precise.

For example, it is written, "In 1912, the Vatican created the Edmonton Archdiocese out of the St. Albert Diocese and named an Oblate, Emile Legal, its first bishop."

In 1897 Emile Legal had been named coadjutor bishop of St. Albert, of which he became bishop on June 3, 1902, on the death of Bishop Vital Grandin.

Again, it is written, "Every diocese west of Ottawa was founded by the Oblates."

But the episcopal district of Red River (Riviere-Rouge), later the Archdiocese of St. Boniface, was erected on Jan. 30, 1820, more than 20 years before the Oblates arrived in Canada.

Further, that particular quote may be causing John Thomas McNally, the first Catholic bishop of Calgary, to be spinning in his tomb.

Rev. Brian Hubka