Catholics in English - Canada A popular history.Murray Nicolson, Catholics in English - Canada A popular history, Vol. 1: 1790-1900. Ave maria Press Ave Maria Press is a Roman Catholic publishing company which was founded in 1865 by Friar Edward Sorin, a Holy Cross priest who had founded the University of Notre Dame. Ave Maria magazine
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Murray Nicolson's series of articles, gathered together into a book bearing the title Catholics in English Canada English Canada is a term used to describe one of the following:
The book opens with a foreword by the publisher/editor of Catholic Insight, Father Alphonse de Valk, c.s.b., which is a mini-thesis in itself on the meaning of history and the role of the historian. It is also a justification for the appearance of the present volume and sets the stage, if not the tone, for the drama that is to follow in the ensuing chapters, a drama one hopes will continue in a future volume. This reviewer found the statistics given for the archdiocese arch·di·o·cese
The district under an archbishop's jurisdiction.
archdi·oc of Toronto in the Foreword of great interest, a sneak preview sneak preview
A single public showing of a movie before its general release.
Noun 1. sneak preview - a preview to test audience reactions as it were of what volume two in the series will bring out. On the other hand, the contrast made with the archdiocese of Montreal Of Montreal is an American indie pop band formed in Athens, Georgia, fronted by Kevin Barnes. It was among the second wave of groups to emerge from The Elephant 6 Recording Company. , while undeniable and valuable, strikes one as somewhat invidious in·vid·i·ous
1. Tending to rouse ill will, animosity, or resentment: invidious accusations.
2. , the sort of attitude that has exacerbated "the two solitudes" theory over the years. How necessary is it in a study of the Catholic Church in English-speaking Canada?
The twelve chapters which make up this first volume sketch the main lines of a picture of English Catholics in Canada which will be completed in more detail as more research is done and more published work is made available beyond the halls of academe. This collection is a popular history, hence intended for the people at large. As such it has to be at once interesting, readable and informative in its content without leaving the reader overwhelmed by facts, figures and theories. Nicolson has succeeded in capturing enough of our Catholic history in Canada to provide the reader with a firm base on which to build up greater stores of knowledge. It was a daunting daunt
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.
[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin challenge to cover two and a half centuries of development over a vast territory stretching from St. John's in Newfoundland to Victoria on Vancouver Island Vancouver Island (1991 pop. 579,921), 12,408 sq mi (32,137 sq km), SW British Columbia, Canada, in the Pacific Ocean; largest island off W North America. It is c.285 mi (460 km) long and c. , with so many ethnic groups involved, and to do so in twelve simple lessons. But Murray Nicolson has met the challenge admirably well and we are grateful to him for this new and fresh panoramic view o f our Church outside the borders of Quebec where popular history has long since been held in high repute.
Should the book be recommended for use in the schools, one might suggest a few additions or clarifications. For example, a bibliography taken from the reference notes and presented in a page or two at the end of the volume could be a help and an incentive to further reading. In the bibliography and in the text itself it would be more satisfying to be given the complete name of all individuals, where this is possible, rather than the surname with only an initial or two. Who is R.J. Uniake, or for that matter Bishop J.O. Plessis? Some expressions such as "post-Reformation nations states" could do with a brief explanation for readers not familiar with English or European history. Again, would present-day youth in Canada know what years are covered in "Victorian Toronto?" Occasionally the reader is left with a few questions that could be answered briefly. Why, for example, had "heavy luggage and supplies" to go to England first before being delivered to Western Canada
Western Canada, commonly referred to as the West ? What precisely is the "shrine at Niagara"? A nd what brings about Bishop Charbonnel's sudden departure from his diocese? Chapter 10 could stand a paring down to eliminate unnecessary repetition.
It is unfortunate to point out these minor inconveniences to the reader. Let the author be assured that the intention is merely to help make a good thing better. Needless to say we hunger for more of our Canadian Catholic history and we look forward "with appetite" to the next volume in the series.
Kevin Kirley c.s.b., is archivist ARCHIVIST. One to whose care the archives have been confided. for theBasilian Fathers.
He graduated from the University of Toronto Research at the University of Toronto has been responsible for the world's first electronic heart pacemaker, artificial larynx, single-lung transplant, nerve transplant, artificial pancreas, chemical laser, G-suit, the first practical electron microscope, the first cloning of T-cells, in Modern History and Modern Languages, and taught for many years in Canada, France and Colombia.