St Mary's Mission

ST MARY'S MISSION, 40 km east of NEW WESTMINSTER on the north bank of the FRASER R, was a mission for aboriginal people founded by the OBLATE missionary Leon Fouquet in 1861. The name refers to St Mary of Egypt, a former prostitute. A RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL for boys opened in 1863; another one, for girls, opened in 1868 and was run by the SISTERS OF ST ANN. From 1864 it hosted an annual retreat that attracted thousands of FIRST NATIONS people from the FRASER VALLEY and VANCOUVER ISLAND. The Oblates...

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