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The History of Our Parish

The Beginning

In 1950, the Archbishop of Ottawa responded to the need to form an English parish in the city of Hull and appointed Fr. W.J. Radley to carry out this mission. Following this mandate, the construction of a “basement Church” - Our Lady of the Annunciation (OLA) - was started in the fall of 1951 and completed in the summer of 1952 on a property owned by the then Ottawa Archdiocese at the corner of Dumas Street and St. Joseph Boulevard. In July,1959, Fr. Radley returned to St. Margaret Mary's Parish in Ottawa as parish priest. He was replaced by Msgr. W.G. Fogarty the same month. Msgr. Fogarty was instrumental in planning and executing the construction of the superstructure. The first Mass was celebrated therein on December 25, 1960.
The number of families dropped from over 500 at the time of construction, to less than 300 by 1970, a situation which led to the renting and eventual sale of the Church structure.

Foundation of the New Diocese

The creation of the new Diocese of Hull on April 27, 1963, resulted in the Parish becoming part of the new Diocese. Bishop Paul-Émile Charbonneau was installed as the first bishop of the Hull Diocese. He was replaced on March 30, 1974 by Bishop Adolphe Proulx, who later slept in the Lord on July, 22, 1987. In his place, Archbishop, Roger Ébacher, was nominated Bishop of Hull on April 6, 1988. He became the metropolitan Archbishop of Gatineau-Hull on October 31, 1990. Archbishop Paul-André Durocher is our present Archbishop. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on October 12, 2011. His installation took place on November 30th of the same year.

Pius XII School gymnasium

When Msgr. Fogarty became ill, Father Peter Toth s.f.m. was appointed Assistant Pastor and in 1973 with Msgr. Fogarty's return to the Ottawa Archdiocese, Father Peter was named Parish Priest and remained in that position until 1978 when he returned to his congregation. Bishop Proulx appointed Father Jean Brunelle as Parish Priest in 1978. During the 1973 to 1982 period, the Parish property on St. Joseph's Boulevard was sold and Sunday Masses were celebrated in the Pius XII School gymnasium and weekday Masses were celebrated in the homes of parishioners.

189 Archambault Street, Gatineau (Hull Sector)

The present Church Centre at 189 Archambault Street, Gatineau (Hull Sector), which reflects the creative talents of Fr. Brunelle, came into use with its completion and dedication in September, 1982. Fr. Daniel Kelly was appointed Parish Administrator in September 2016 and is the current Parish Priest. Refer to the Pastor tab for a list of past parish priests.

To all those who have been devoted to the well being of this lovely parish community, we offer our homage and prayers. All glory be to God!

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