This Week in Vincentian History

by | May 13, 2016 | Formation

May 11, 1849

On May 11, 1849, the four founding Sisters of Charity (of New York) arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This brief presentation gives some of the history:

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More information is available at the “Our Story” section of the Sisters of Charity – Halifax website. For a video summarizing the history of the Sisters of Charity in North America, click here.

Thaddeus Amat y Brusi

May 12, 1878

On May 12, 1878, Thaddeus Amat y Brusi, C.M., died. Amat was born in Barcelona, Spain, on December 31, 1810 and he became the first Bishop of Los Angeles, California. He founded some of the first schools in Los Angeles and was involved in founding St. Vincent’s College (now known as Loyola Marymount University). Read more about his life at the Famvin Encyclopedia and on Wikipedia.


May 12, 1888

On May 12, 1888, John Joseph Lynch, C.M., the first Archbishop of Toronto, Canada, died. He was born at Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland, 6 Feb., 1816. He attended Castleknock College and College of St. Lazare, Paris. He did missionary work in Ireland, throughout the United States, and in Canada. Recently, on the anniversary of his appointment as Archbishop of Toronto, we posted this timeline of his life.