Rev Patrick Phelan

Rev Patrick Phelan

Patrick Phelan is often considered the “founder” of St. Columban since he
was responsible for having his order “The Company of Saint Sulpice”, offer land to the first Irish settlers in the area.

Birth: Feb. 1, 1795
Death: Jun. 7, 1857

Canadian religious leader. Coadjutor and third bishop of Kingston, in Ontario. Born in Ireland, he emigrated in Canada and joined the Company of Saint-Sulpice in 1820. The bishop of Montreal, Mgr Bourget, made him his general vicar and with the approval of Mgr Gaulin, bishop of Kingston, send him to Bytown, now called Ottawa. On February 20, 1843, he was elected titular bishop of Carrha and appointed coadjutor of Kingston. He was ordained bishop on next May the 20th. But he prolonged his stay in Bytown until the arrival of the Oblates in 1844. In 1852, Bishop Gaulin resigned and gave to his coadjutor the administration of the diocese. Bishop Gaulin died on May 8, 1857 and Bishop Phelan, next June the 7th, thus having officially occupied his seat for only one month. (bio by: Guy Gagnon)
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Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Record added: Jul 15 2004
By: Guy Gagnon

See Patrick Phelan’s biography at Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online at the Library and Public Archives web site: