St. Dunstan's Basilica ~ October 10th

St. Dunstan's Basilica ~ Charlottetown, PEI

The Catholic Church of Charlottetown dates back to 1721 when two missionary priests came to minister to the spiritual needs to the early French settlers.  A small church was built at Port la Joye, an early French settlement located across the harbour from Charlottetown.  This settlement, including the little church, was destroyed during the English invasion in 1758 and the inhabitants were deported to France. 

Built in the form of a Latin cross with 200-ft twin spires and the finest pipe organ in the province, the new cathedral was a tribute to the growing Diocese of Charlottetown.  Alas, on March 7th, 1913, just six years after the Cathedral's dedication, it was destroyed by fire.