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Prince Albert Tales

Morley Harrison

‘The Orphans and the Knights’

Fire, extreme winds, and bitter cold swept over and through St. Patrick’s Orphanage in Prince Albert during the early hours of February 1, 1947. Over 130 souls, ranging from babies to seniors, fled, many in bare feet and thin night clothes. Seven were to perish; the rest faced total chaos.

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‘Tragedy – Hope – Knights of Columbus’

Happy New Year to all!

We have been absent on our travels to visit family in Regina, Winnipeg, and Sioux City, South Dakota for the ‘holiday season.’So, I apologize for my column being absent from the ‘Shopper.’ 

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THE HOME CHILDREN - PRINCE ALBERT’S ORPHANAGE – AND MY DAD.

As I researched the story of St. Patrick’s Orphanage here in Prince Albert, I was caught up in a moving personal connection. 

In May of 1903, St. Patrick’s Orphanage, which closed its doors in 1973, became home, to over 70 United Kingdom Orphans. These children were part of a mass emigration to Canada of 118,000 British orphans spanning the years 1863 to 1939. 

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ERITREANS ENRICH CANADIAN CULTURE

Recently, my wife, Fay, and I were invited to a baptism and marriage anniversary celebration. And what a celebration it was. 

The occasion was unlike our experiences from the past. 

How was it ‘unlike?’ Well, it was Eritrean. 

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