Clergy of Prince Edward Island

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Location: Prince Edward Island, Canadamap
Surnames/tags: Corcoran McKenna Rooney
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Clergy are formal leaders within established religions. Their roles and functions vary in different religious traditions, but usually involve presiding over specific rituals and teaching their religion's doctrines and practices. Ordained clergy in the Catholic Church are either deacons, priests, or bishops belonging to the diaconate, the presbyterate, or the episcopate, respectively. [1]

People of the Clergy and Religious

  1. William T McKenna
  2. John Patrick McKenna (1883-1966) He was ordained on 17 Jun 1910 at Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
  3. Joseph Rooney (1887-1942) He received his Holy Priesthood in Vernon River, PEI, Canada. He worked at the St Dunstan's University. In the spring of 1918 during WWII he went to France as a chaplain with the Canadian Army. He was a pastor at St Mary Catholic Church in Cardigan, PEI, Canada. His obituary [2]
  4. Joseph Alphonsus Rooney (1891-1952) in 1916 he received his licentiate in theology from the Propaganda University in Rome. He received the Sacrament of Holy Order from Cardinal Basilea Pompilj. He was the pastor at St Mary's Church in in Butte.
  5. James Rooney (1893-1984) He attended Prince of Wales College and taught in Island schools for three years. He then entered the Civil Service in Ottawa where he remained two years. Following graduation from St. Dunstan’s he studied theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto and was ordained in St. Dunstan’s Cathedral in 1921 by Bishop Louis O’Leary. He was curate at the cathedral for four years, also serving as secretary to Bishop O’Leary for much of that time. In 1925 he transferred to the Diocese of Oklahoma (where fellow Islander Francis Clement Kelley had just been named bishop). He was pastor of St. Monica’s, Tulsa from 1926 to 1929, of Sapulpa from 1929 to 1941 and of Immaculate Conception, Tulsa from then until his retirement in 1967.
  6. Owen Eugene Rooney (1899-1975) After graduating from St. Dunstan’s College he enrolled at the Grand Seminary of Quebec and was ordained in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Seminary, Edmonton in 1923 by Archbishop Henry O’Leary for service in the Archdiocese of Edmonton. He spent his first year as assistant at Tofield with missions. In 1924 he was appointed pastor at Westlock where he remained until his retirement in 1973.
  7. Anastasia Theresa McGarry She was a Catholic nun.
  8. John Edwin Kelly b.1890
  9. Patrick Leo Rooney (1901-1973) After graduating from St. Dunstan’s College he studied one year at the Grand Seminary of Quebec. He then transferred to St. Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton and was ordained at St. Joseph’s Cathedral there in 1926 by Archbishop Henry O’Leary for service in that archdiocese. He spent his first year at Warspite and then for short periods as pastor in Vilna, Smoky Lake and Warspite. In 1935 he became pastor at Clandonald and in 1947 parish priest at Lacombe where he remained until 1965
  10. Aileen Veronica Rooney (1905-1995) Eileen joined the Sisters of Mercy and lived all her religious life in New York state where she was a successful teacher, living to the age of 90.
  11. Catherine Veronica Rooney (1910-1999) Catherine joined the Sisters of Notre Dame and served her community in a variety of leadership roles in Maritime Canada, including a 30-year period of teaching at Mount St. Bernard College in Antigonish. She died at age 89 and is buried in Charlottetown.
  12. Leo "William" Sullivan (1895 - 1969) Leo studied at St. Dunstan's College, Charlottestown (1917-23), at the Grand Seminary in Quebec, and St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto, before his ordination at All Saints Church in Cardigan, Prince Edward Island on 3 July 1929. He was adopted by Bishop Kidd of Calgary, Alberta, who appointed him pastor of the Church of the Infant Jesus at Empress, Alberta. As one of a few presbyters in the province, the pious priest also served a circuit that included the missions at Acadia Valley, Jenner, Tide Lake, Iddesleigh, Buffalo, Atlee, and Bindloss.[3]
  13. Joseph Owen Sullivan b.1898

Churches on Prince Edward Island

  1. Historic Churches of Prince Edward Island[4]
  2. St Michael's Parish, Iona, Prince Edward Island [5]
  3. St Joachim Church, Vernon River, Prince Edward Island [6]
  4. Church of All Saints, Cardigan, Prince Edward Island [7]

Parishes by County

Prince County

  1. North Parish
  2. Egmont Parish
  3. Halifax Parish
  4. Richmond Parish
  5. St David's Parish

Queen County

  1. Greenville Parish
  2. Hillsborough Parish
  3. Charlotte Parish
  4. Bedford Parish
  5. St John's Parish

King County

  1. St Patrick's Parish
  2. St George's Parish
  3. St Andrew' s Parish
  4. East Parish

Map of Historic Prince Edward Island [8]


  3. Donahoe, James. Prince Edward Island priests who have labored or are laboring in the sacred ministry, outside the diocese of Charlottetown (St. Paul, MN: Webb Publishing Company, 1912), pp. 336, 360.

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