Thursday, April 3, 2014

St. Peter's Cemetery offers glimpse into rich past

Land was cleared for a public cemetery about 1861

Director of Catholic Cemeteries Peter Nobes (right) tours St. Peter's Cemetery with historians Dale (left) and Archie Miller and grounds caretaker Robert Gilmore Aug. 16. "I found the insights fascinating; the place has so much history," Nobes said. The cemetery was established in the 1880s. Jennifer Pecho / Special to The B.C. Catholic.
The Catholic Church was formally established in New Westminster by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in September 1860, when Father Leon Fouquet, OMI, arrived to establish St. Peter's Parish. It was part of the St. Charles Mission that encompassed much of the Fraser Valley from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. For full story  see The B.C. Catholic website.

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