Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | December 23, 2015

Photographs of the Week. Nativity Church, Cornwall.


scan0071_Nativity 75th_WMNativity was Cornwall’s second Roman Catholic Parish.  It was organized in Cornwall’s East End in 1884 by Father J.J. Kelly.  Bilingual, Kelly’s work led to the laying of the present Church’s cornerstone in 1887,  A year later the parish assumed its present Frenco-Ontarion character with the appointment of Father Paul A. de Saunhac.




1888 – 1903



A 19th century tintype photograph of a Cornwall Nun, unfortunately we do  not know her name.




scan0077The Convent constructed in 1924.



scan0079A wedding circa 1935.
scan0082_Nativity Gr7 earlt 1950s_WM

Grade 7, Nativity School, early 1950s.

scan0083Left to right:  Rev. Cyril Contant, Lucien Lamoreux, Rev. Lionel Brunelle, Rev. Benjamin, Rev. Evangeliste, Cornwall Mayor L.G. Lavigne naming Rev. J.A. Brunelle an honourary citizen of Cornwall in 1960 upon his retirement.  Rev. Brunelle served the church from 1942 to 1960.



Summer, 1984.

These photographs are a small sample of religious photographs at the archives of the Cornwall Community Museum available for viewing.


1888 – 1903

Nativity Parish is in the historic Gladstone neighbourhood. Follow this LINK to visit our Gladstone feature post.

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