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Behold I Am With You… A History of St. Anthony’s Church, Fredericton, N.B.
by Robert P. McNeil (Published ???)
This book was written for the centennial of St. Anthony’s Church in 1987. It details the long history of Catholicism in the northern part of York County, New Brunswick beginning with the first Mass offered at Fort St. Joseph (Fort Nashwaak) in the 1690’s and traces the development of the church in Devon (Fredericton North). This includes the missions at Maugerville, Stanley, Tay Creek, Kingsley, and Fredericton Junction. Several names of parishioners are included with their antidotal comments. Pictures of people and events in the parish are included.
The parish has strong Irish connections to the past and many of the laity has Irish surnames. As well the parish was served by priests who had Irish connections. In the past the Native community was very much involved with church life and the church was also involved with them. The first church built around 1888 was called St. Mary’s, Our Lady of Patronage. In 1906 a new church named in honor of St. Anthony of Padua was consecrated. This church is still standing today.
The text and the pictures are printed in a brown ink to emphasize the connection to the brown Franciscan robe of the patron saint, Saint Anthony.