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History of St. Edward's
Roman Catholic Parish Church



St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church, Kelligrews, is one of the more modern churches in the Archidiocese of St. John's. The site for the new church on Longshore Road was blessed in August, 1989 and was officially opened and dedicated by the Most Rev. James H. MacDonald, Archbishop of St. John's on Oct 13, 1991.

The church may be relatively new but the parish has a long history. The Parish dates back to 1877 when the parish was given its own identity. Prior to 1877, the whole of the South Shore of Conception Bay fell under the jurisdiction of the Parish Priest of Portugal Cove. The first church was built in the community in 1882 which was destroyed by fire on July 18, 1914. On August 14, 1918, Archbishop E.P. Roche completed and opened a new church to serve the community. This church remains standing on the main highway in Kelligrews. St. Edward's Parish serves the communities of Foxtrap, Kelligrews, Upper Gullies and Seal Cove. The church has a seating capacity of 470. The cornerstone of the old St. Edward's Church, blessed in 1917, was removed from the old St. Edward's and today forms the cornerstrone of the new parish Church and Centre.

Information and Records for St. Edward's
Roman Catholic Parish Church

St. Edward's Parish
P.O. Box 17002
Kelligrews Station, Conception Bay South, NL
A1X 3H1

(709) 834-2919
Fax #:(709) 834-3625

e-mail address:
None Available

Home page:
None Available

Rev. William Pomroy

Mary Claire O'Brien

The old church opened in 1876 and the new one in 1991, however, no records exist for Baptisms, Marriages and deaths prior to 1914 due to a fire in the old church that destroyed most of the records. There may be a few available, they are not in any order and are photocopies of pieces of paper. Records prior to these can be found at the Basilica and Portugal Cove Parishes.

There are no Vital Statistics Volumes (DPHW) available for this Parish They do have the All Newfoundland Births - Vital Statistics Division microfilm available for this parish at the PANL for the period from 1891 to1926 for baptisms and from 1891 to 1922 for marriages.

The death records for St. Edward's Parish start from 1914 onwards. There are microfilms at the PANL from the Vital Statistics Division from 1891 to 1949 for deaths.

The following cemetery is used:

St. Edward's Roman Catholic Cemetery located just off Pond Road in Kelligrews

A list of Priests who served the parish of St. Edward's:

Rev. Lawrence Vereker		1877-1880 (transferred to 
							Bell Island parish)
Rev. Michael P. Morris		1882-1889 (brother of Edward P. 
						Morris Premier of NF)
Rev. M. Ryan			1890-1895 
Rev. J. McGrath			1890-1896 (transferred to Bell Island parish)
Rev. William Jackman		1897-1898 (administrator of the parish)
Rev. Fr. Roche			1898-1907 (later became the Archbishop 
					of St. John's from 1915 - 1950)
Rev. William O'Flaherty		1908-1909
Rev. James Coady		1910-1913 (administrator of the parish)
Rev. M.F. McGuire		1913-1913 (left for the US and served 
					as Chaplain on US Naval Ships)
Rev. Thomas Nangle		1913-1914 (became Chaplain for the NF 
					Regiment during the war 1914-1918)
Rev. Peter Kelly		1914-1926 (took on the task of re-building 
						the church, school that 
					  had burnt in 1914)
Rev. Andrew Nolan		1926-1930 
Rev. Robert A. St. John		1930-1948 (during this time the 
					parish suffered another fire 
					  and the new presbytery was burnt 
					  destroying all its (contents 
					  including all the parish records).
Rev. Francis Jackman		1948-1977 (retired)
Rev. Patrick Kennedy		1977-1979 (increased the Kelligrews 
					cemetery and had it fenced 
					  and landscaped)
Rev. John Hanton		1979-1987

The parish changed at this point and the old parish which included 
the whole area from Seal Cove to Paradise was divided in 1982.  The 
area of Seal Cove to Dunn's Hill in Foxtrap is now St. Edward's Parish 
and from Dunn's Hill to St. Thomas Line is now St. Thomas of Villanova 
parish with Rev. Gregory Hogan as Pastor.  A new parish called 
Holy Name had been formed comprising Paradise and St. Thomas with 
Sister Brenda Phelan =as administrator and Father Dennis Walsh 
commuting from St. John's.  Father John Wallsi has since been 
appointed as the parish priest of Holy Name.

Rev. Dennis Walsh		1982-1984 (commuted from St. John's)
Sr. Brenda Phelan		1982-1984 (administrator of the parish)
Rev. Patrick Kennedy		1987-1999
Rev. William Pomeroy		1999-present



Thanks to Mary Claire O.Brien for sending me the picture
and information brochure on Edward's Parish

Contributed by Barbara McGrath (July 2000)

Page Revised: July 2002 (Don Tate)

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