Sunday, April 19, 2015

Changes

This is Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. This Gothic Revival church was built in 1867 when it was called St Patrick's Church and it served a mainly Irish congregation. In 1908 a new St Patrick's Church was built around the corner and this one was renamed Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the parish was mostly Italian. Through the years the congregation changed to Portuguese, then Korean and since 1970 it has been a Chinese church with many services for the Chinese community in the area, such as day care etc. The building is the 5th oldest Catholic church in the city.
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25 comments:

VP said...

Gothic Revival may be tricky, but they got this church quite well... You too!

VP said...

Gothic Revival may be tricky, but they got this church quite well... You too!

Andy said...

Nice shot of the steeple. This is just another confirmation that the City Of Toronto is made up of many different cultures.

TexWisGirl said...

neat how it has seen so many cultures worship!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Super shot Pat, tricky to get it all in. What a long and varied history this old church has.

Luis Gomez said...

Very nice Pat!

Sharon Anck said...

Beautiful old building with quite a changing history.

Fotolosopher said...

Love the building and he fact that it has become home for different ethnic groups. There's a lot to like in Toronto.`

Taken For Granted said...

Classical looking Catholic church serving different waves of immigrants. Didn't realize there were large numbers of Chinese Catholics.

Remei (Bitàcora) said...

Es muy bella, me gustaría verla en persona.

Un abrazo y gracias por tanto arte.

Revrunner said...

Go gothic! :-)

William Kendall said...

Excellent perspective for this shot!

Tom said...

In a changing neighborhood I'd say.Ton The Backroads Traveller

Michelle said...

This church has certainly had an interesting history!

Stephanie said...

You captured the full view of the church nicely!

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

what a beauty. i love it. awesome spire. enjoy all the arches. way cool. ( :

Randy said...

Beautiful church.

Cloudia said...

a living history of Toronto. Very cool





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doodles n daydreams said...

Nice warm yellow brick.

Diana

Halcyon said...

The people may have changed, but sounds like there are still good things going on here!

Bill Nicholls said...

Nice church Pat, you will hav eto show inside now

EG CameraGirl said...

Fascinating that the congregation has changed so many times, reflecting the changing neighbourhoods in Toronto.

Mari said...

Wow, that spells out history as so many changes happened in one building. I like how it looks, very beautiful.

Jack said...

That is an interesting history. In Hartford I see some churches that have had one or two transformations as the neighborhoods changed, but this has had more and faster.

José Mendonça said...

The architecture is wonderful!