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Roman Catholic Organizations

Father Nugent of Liverpool was the first of the Catholic organizations to send children to Canada. Rev. Nugent started sending children to Canada in 1870. He made arrangements with parish priests who were to place the children with local families. These children were placed in Quebec and Ontario. Later, Mrs. Lacy brought the children from the Liverpool area to Canada. Some of Mrs. Lacy's children were sent to Providence House in Kingston and Hamilton, and girls were sent to the Sisters of the Church, 90 York Street, and some to the Church Orphanage, 69 Baldwin Street, Toronto.

In 1874, Cardinal Manning, of Westminster in London, England, set up an organization which sent children into the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and some into the Ottawa area. Father Seddon was associated with this group.

Rev. Douglas, of yet another branch of the Catholic Church's organization, sent children west to Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Rev. Douglas ran St. Vincent's Home in London. Father St. John from Southwark was also involved in child migration and he and Rev. Douglas joined their work.

In 1895, the New Orpington Lodge was opened at Hintonburgh, near Ottawa eventually replacing St. Anne's in Montreal which was used up to that time. The New Orpington Lodge was renamed St. George's Home and was taken over by the Sisters of Charity of St. Paul. Some of these children were sent to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to the St. Patrick's Orphanage, for placement.

By the early 1900s Father Hudson was bringing children from his home in Birmingham (prior to that is was Father Rossell) and others were brought from Father Berry's Homes in Liverpool. The Catholic Church united all of their emigration work in 1899 under the Crusade of Rescue and all work was moved to St. George's in Ottawa. St. George's was closed in 1935. In 1998, a plaque was placed on the site.

Records for the Catholic children in Canada were returned to England and some subsequently destroyed. However, the original records may still be available in Britain.

Enquiries about children from these homes can be sent to these addresses.

Lists of Children

If any one has additional information on any of these children please contact me.


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