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Syllabic dene prayer book 1923

The complete book. Yomti titrossi:

This Stanhope Press may have been used to print the 1922 Dene syllabic prayer book.


This is a page from a rare 1923 Dene prayer book written by "Rev. Pere Penard O.M.I".
Father Penard who served as the first resident priest of La Loche from 1895 to 1917 also published books in Cree syllabics.

This small book of 128 pages was published in 1923 by the "Imprimerie Du Journal Cris" (The Cree Journal) in Hobbema, Alberta.
It is about 16.3 by 11.5 centimeters in size. Three steel staples irregularly spaced are used to bind all the pages together. 
There is no protective front or back cover otherwise the book is in good condition and complete.

It was printed in syllabics for use of the "Montagnais" (the
Dene/Chipewyan) of the "Vicariat Apostolique du Keewatin".

The Stanhope Press

A photo of the Stanhope Press is shown above. This press may have been in Hobbema, Alberta in 1923 and used to publish the Dene syllabic prayer book described above. This press was brought to Canada in the 1870's.
View a history of the Stanhope Press (where this photo was downloaded from) and a history of syllabics on the following link.

This book was found in the collection of the late Robert Dauvin of La Loche.

A syllabic typewriter is on display at the La Loche Community School (Dene Building). A photo is on the following link.

Apostolic Vicariate of Keewatin

The Apostolic Vicariate of Keewatin was formed in 1910 under the 
leadership of Bishop Ovide Charlebois. 
Bishop Charlebois 
came to La Loche in 1911.

The Mission of La Loche is at the western end of the Vicariate of Keewatin and the bishop resides in The Pas, Manitoba. 

In 1967 the Vicariate became the Archdiocese of Keewatin The Pas. (see map and information on the following link)

Ecclesiastical Hierarchy 

La Loche was in the Keewatin Vicariate in 1910, in 1891 it was in the Prince Albert Diocese, in 1858 in the Saint Albert Diocese, in 1851 in the Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface and in 1843 it was part of the Missions of the Red River under the Bishop of Ottawa.
The Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface included what would later become Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the North West Territories. 

          Bishop Ovide Charlebois  O.M.I.

Birth: Feb. 12, 1862
Death: Nov. 20, 1933

Msgr. Ovidio Charlebois OMI., was born in Oka, Québec, Canada on February 12, 1862, and began his Novitiate Year within the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, being ordained to the Priesthood at the age of 25, on July 17, 1887.

Successively, Charlebois moved to West Canada, where he dedicated his entire remaining years to the Apostolate within the Natives present in those parts. He lived in Cumberland alone for sixteen years, next to a tribe, until he was named as the First Apostolic Vicar of Keewatin, Manitoba, receiving his Episcopal Consecration with the Titular See of Berenice on November 30, 1910, from Archbishop Louis Philip Adélard Langevin OMI., at the age of 48. He was installed as Head of the named Apostolic Vicariate on the following March 7, 1911. 

Bishop Ovidio took care of his vast Vicariate, until his saintly death, which occurred at Le Pas, on November 20, 1933, aged 71. During his lifetime, he managed to organize the First Missions of the Roman Catholic Church to Hudson Bay. 

When Bishop Charlebois was being buried in the Cathedral of Le Pas, Manitoba, the elders say that numerous white doves were seen flying in the sky. 
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral 
The Pas
Manitoba, Canada
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Aug 09, 2008 
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