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St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church (Eglise Ste. Marie)
The Church located along St. Mary's Bay in Digby Co., is the third incarnation of the St. Mary's parish (Eglise Ste. Marie). Constructed in 1905 by local master carpenter Leo Melanson (with the assistance of local parishioners), the cross plan church features a 190 ft. tall steeple which earned it the title as the tallest wooden church in North America. The church was erected at the turn of the century to accommodate the growing number of devout Roman Catholics in the area. Earlier church's of the parish date back to 1774. The first chapel, which was located in Grosses Coques, was replaced in 1789 when the parish was relocated to Church Point since the Acadians were settling further south.

The second chapel served until 1808, when the first resident pastor built the parish's third church east of the main road where the parish cemetery is now located, across the highway from the campus of the present Université Sainte-Anne. St. Mary's Church was blessed at a dedication ceremony by the Apostolic Delegate to Canada, His Excellency Monsignor Sbarretti in 1905. The 63ft. high ceiling of St. Mary's Church was decoratively painted by Montreal artist, L. St. Hilaire. Six frescoes depict religious subjects. Imagery from the Old Testament is figured along with three scenes that represent Faith, Hope and Charity.

Church Point



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Mass in French on Sunday at 10:30 am.

Full Address: 
Church Point (Pointe-de-l'Égli Nova Scotia B0W 1M0
Geographic Location: 

Latitude: 44.3385 Longitude: -66.1144

Construction Details: 
Construction Date: ??-??-1905 Builder Name: Leo Melanson
Current Owner: 
Roman Catholic Diocese Yarmouth