The Catholic Community of Our Lady of the Angels in Fort Saskatchewan, is part of the Archdiocese of Edmonton,in the Province of Alberta.Historically, the archdiocese was preceded by the Diocese of St Albert which was erected in 1871 (Part of Diocese of St. Albert were present dioceses of Calgary and St. Paul).The present archdiocese was erected in the year 1912. The Archdiocese covers Central Alberta, Edmonton Capital Region and the middle and upper half of the Rockies region. From the year 1912 to 1975 vocations to the priesthood was considerably good in number. From middle of 1975 the vocations to the priesthood were diminishing and the Archdiocese was facing a real challenge to replace the priests with the newly Ordained Priests to keep serving the parishes. It was very difficult for the then Archbishop Joseph Mac Neil to provide a priest for each of the Parishes due to lack of vocations. Then in mid 1980 Archbishop Joseph formed a review committee to go around the diocese and to find out the possibilities of amalgamating the parishes together and keep the life of the parishes going.more...
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