Description In November 1, 1818, Father Joseph-Norbert Provencher built on this site a small log chapel which he dedicated to Saint Boniface, the English missionary monk and apostle, who spread the Catholic faith among the Germanic tribes in the 8th century. Saint Boniface, the first permanent mission west of the Great Lakes, became the heart of Roman Catholic missionary activity extending to the Pacific and Arctic coasts, as well as serving the growing population of the Red River Settlement.Five cathedrals have stood on this beautiful location. In 1832, Bishop Provencher erected a cathedral surmounted by twin spires, and in 1862 a stone cathedral was built under the direction of Bishop Tach. On August 15, 1906, Archbishop Langevin blessed the cornerstone of what became one of the most imposing churches in Western Canada. It was designed by the Montreal architectural firm of Marchand and Haskell. This structure, the best example of French Romanesque architecture in Manitoba, was ravaged by fire on July 22, 1968.The present cathedral, blessed by Archbishop Baudoux in 1972, was designed by Franco-Manitoba architect tienne Gaboury. It incorporates the sacristy, faade and walls of the former basilica. In the faade lie the tombs of the bishops of Saint-Boniface.Louis Riel, together with many of the Wests first Catholic settlers, key figures and missionaries, is buried here in Western Canadas oldest Catholic cemetery.
Jordon Cooper, Saskatoon Member Since October 2013 Artist Statement I am a writer, talking head, and photographer in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. For years I have been helping people in need and maybe because of that, I tend to take a second look at things to make sure I understand what I am seeing. A camera helps me consciously do that and these photos are a result of that practice and discipline.
“I want to reproduce the objects as they are, or as they would be even if I did not exist.” –Taine