(October 17, 1804 – October 1, 1847) was the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Toronto
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
, Canada, he was ordained a priest in 1827. He served as missionary priest of the Archdiocese of Québec and the Diocese of Montréal until 1839 when he was appointed Vicar General of Montréal.
First Bishop of Toronto
Power was canonically erected as Bishop of Toronto in 1841 by Pope Gregory XVI. Father Michael Power was appointed the first Bishop of the new See. He was also the first English-speaking Bishop to be born in Canada.
Bishop Power's most notable achievements were the building of St. Michael's Cathedral, Toronto
and the Bishop's Palace on Church Street. He also invited the Loretto Sisters
(Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary) from Rathfarnham, Ireland to establish schools in the city, starting education for women and the growth of Ontario's separate schools
In 2005, Dr. Mark G. McGowan
wrote a book about him called, Michael Power: The Struggle to Build the Catholic Church on the Canadian Frontier
In 2009, Bishop Power was featured prominently in the docudrama Death or Canada
, which tells the story of the Irish Famine
and its impact on Toronto in 1847. Power is portrayed as the hero of Toronto and is described as a "martyr of charity." A book, also called Death or Canada
, accompanies the film and is written by Dr. Mark G. McGowan.
Power's tenure was short, dying... Read More