View from the Pastoral Centre, Stella Maris Pastoral Unit, West Arichat, NS
"Gloire soit au Père et au Fils et au Saint-Esprit, comme il était au commencement, est maintenant et toujours sera, monde sans fin. Amen."
The Acadians have populated our province and our diocese since the 1630s. Their expertise in trades, farming, fishing and land reclamation, and their collaborative friendship with the M'ikmaki built thriving communities that fuelled the economic and social growth of our region. Le Grand Dérangement of 1755, in which British government soldiers forced thousands of Acadians onto ships and into exile, decimated the Acadian population but not its spirit. Some hid to avoid capture. Others spent years returning to their homelands to find their land claimed and resettled by the British. They built new settlements. Still others returned generations later and today, Acadian communities remain a destination for the thousands of descendents of those original settlers.
Our Lady of the Assumption
The star in the Acadian Flag represents Our Lady
August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption
July 28 is also an important date in Acadian culture,
Also at 92.5 FM in Pomquet
Broadcasting from Petit de Grat
A view into Acadian culture,
Eglise Sainte-Pierre in Chéticamp houses a small museum of the life and times of Fr. Pierre Fiset, circa 1900. Fr Fiset served as pastor from 1875 until his death in 1918. The current church was built in 1982-93 during his pastorate.
Bishop George Landry,
Our Diocesan History
The first seat of the diocese was Arichat.
St. Francis Xavier University was also born in Arichat.
Bishop MacKinnon's desk,
The need to protect this newer, smaller diocese from possible absorption by neighbouring seats caused subsequent church officials to seek a mainland seat for our diocese. In 1886, the name was changed to Diocese of Antigonish and the seat moved to St. Ninian Cathedral in Antigonish.
Our Diocese today
Our Lady of Assumption, Arichat
St-Joseph, Petit de Grat
Ste Croix, Pomquet
St-Joseph, St. Joseph du Moine
These parishes continue to contribute to the spiritual, canonical and cultural fabric of our diocese
Cardinal Gerald Lacroix learns of Cheticamp rug hooking during his visit
Fr. Vernon Fougere of Petit de Grat
The Ali family moved to Isle Madame from Syria in 2016,
"Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâce.
Le Seigneur est avec vous.
Vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes, et Jésus, le fruit de vos entrailles, est béni.
Sainte Marie, mère de Dieu, priez pour nous pauvres pêcheurs, maintenant et à l'heure de notre mort.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace.
"O mon Jésus, pardonne-nous nos péchés, préserve-nous du feu de l'enfer et conduis au ciel toutes les petit âmes surtout celles qui ont le plus besoin de ta miséricorde. Amen."
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell.