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Thompson River Deanery

  • A-218
  • Corporate body
  • 1919-1975

Two rural deaneries were formed at the inaugural Synod of the Diocese of Cariboo in 1914: the Rural Deanery of Kamloops and the Rural Deanery of Quesnel. These were reorganized and renamed by 1929; Kamloops became the Rural Deanery of Cariboo South. In 1934 the rural deaneries were replaced by archdeaconries; the Cariboo South deanery being recast as the Archdeaconry of Kamloops. By 1939 the rural deaneries were revived; the Thompson River Deanery replacing the Archdeaconry of Kamloops. In 1975 the two rural deaneries were replaced by three regions: Cariboo, South Rivers and Kamloops.

St. Alban's Parish (Ashcroft, B.C.)

  • A-219.01
  • Corporate body
  • 1891-

St. Alban's Church opened in 1891. Ashcroft was established as a separate parish by 1892, having previously been a part of the Kamloops Missionary District. Initially the parish included Nicola, Clinton and Revelstoke in its ministry. Around 1896 Revelstoke was made into a separate charge. The parish has embraced various other communities in its ministry through the years. By 1950 the parishes of Ashcroft and Clinton, with associated points, had been joined together. By 1963 they were again separate, although until ca. 1975, when Clinton was transferred to 100 Mile House Mission, they were mostly served by one priest. During the 1970's St. Alban's, Ashcroft also became responsible for the new congregation at Logan Lake and for St. John at the Latin Gate Church, Cornwall and the Toketi congregation which were previously under the Shulus Indian Mission. By 1987 Logan Lake had become a separate ministry while St. Christopher, Clinton had been placed again under Ashcroft. The parish currently includes Cornwall, Toketi and Clinton.

Church of Cleopas Parish (Westsyde, Kamloops, B.C.)

  • A-220
  • Corporate body
  • 1965-

The Church of Cleopas began in the early 1960's, although the community of Westsyde had been included as early as the 1920's in the Thompson River Mission (now North Thompson Mission). The parish briefly included St. Hilda's, Savona until about 1966.

St. George's Parish (North Kamloops, Kamloops, B.C.)

  • A-221
  • Corporate body
  • 1927-

Founded in 1927 as part of the Thompson River Mission (now North Thompson Mission), St. George's, North Kamloops became a separate parish in 1936. The parish was united with the North Thompson Mission from about 1942 to 1956. Several smaller surrounding communities were also served from St. George's, including Barnhartvale, Brocklehurst, Savona, Tranquille and others.

St. Paul's Cathedral Parish (Kamloops, B.C.)

  • A-223
  • Corporate body
  • 1884-

St. Paul's began as the headquarters of the Kamloops Missionary District which was established in 1884. This field of activity included all points south of Kamloops to the international boundary and east to the Rocky Mountains, as well as Ashcroft and the Nicola Valley. By 1892 the Kamloops Missionary District had been divided, creating four new missions: Ashcroft and Nicola; the Okanagan Missionary District, including Enderby, Vernon and Penticton; Donald and Golden Missionary District; and Kootenay (or Nelson) Missionary District. By 1917, with the removal of the Thompson River Mission into a separate pastoral responsibility, St. Paul's became a single congregation urban parish. In 1935 Bishop George Wells designated Kamloops the See City and St. Paul's Church the Cathedral. St. Paul's was also responsible for services at St. Peter's, Monte Creek from 1966 until the mid-1970's.

St. Mary the Virgin Parish (Lillooet, B.C.)

  • A-224
  • Corporate body
  • 1860-

The earliest church in Cariboo, St. Mary the Virgin Church opened in Lillooet in 1861. For many years it formed a part of the larger Lytton Mission. By 1919 a resident clergyman has been stationed there having responsibility for Clintonand the southern Chilcoten district as well. In 1929 Clinton and surrounding district was set apart as the Bonaparte Mission District. Also by 1929 the communities of Bridge River and Pemberton had been added while Bralorne, Goldbridge, Pavilion, Pioneer Mine and others were added during the 1930's. In 1936 Pemberton was transferred to the Diocese of New Westminster as the church was actually located within the boundaries of that diocese. Around 1937 the Goldbridge Mission was formed which removed Goldbridge, Bralorne, Minto and Pioneer from the care of Lillooet. Bu 1947 Lillooett was included in the ministry of the Lytton White Missio, and around 1960 it was re-formed as a parish including the communities in the former Goldbridge Mission. By 1972 the mining community of Bralorne had closedand the church at Lillooet was sold. After being revived as a congregation in 1975, the congregation was eventually included again in the Lytton Mission. Since 1988 a shared ministry has existed with the United Church of Canada.

St. Mary's Parish (Lillooet B.C.) fonds

  • A-224.01
  • Corporate body
  • 1860-

The earliest church in Cariboo, St. Mary the Virgin Church opened in Lillooet in 1861. For many years it formed a part of the larger Lytton Mission. By 1919 a resident clergyman had been stationed there having responsibility for Clinton and the southern Chilcotin district as well. In 1929 Clinton and the surrounding district was set apart as the Bonaparte Mission District. Also by 1929 the communities Bridge River and Pemberton (within the boundaries of the Diocese of New Westminster, transferred there in 1936) had been added while Bralorne, Goldbridge, Pavilion, Pioneer Mine and others were added during the 1930's. Around 1937 the Goldbridge Mission was formed which removed Goldbridge, Bralorne, Minto and Pioneer from the care of Lillooet parish. By 1947 Lillooet was included in the ministry of the Lytton White Mission. Around 1960 it was reformed as a parish including the communities in the former Goldbridge Mission. By 1972 the mining community of Bralorne had closed and the church at Lillooet was sold. After being revived as a congregation in 1975, the Lillooet congregation was eventually included again in the Lytton White Mission (or St. Barnabas, Lytton). Since about 1988 a shared ministry has been conducted with the United Church of Canada.

See Guide # 224.01

Includes: Bralorne, Bridger River, Clinton, Lone Butte, Pavilion, Pemberton, Pioneer Mine, Steon Lake, Shalath, Watson Bar

Lytton Indian Mission (Lytton, B.C.)

  • A-225
  • Corporate body
  • 1867-

Established by missionary John Booth Good in 1867, the Lytton Mission initially served both Indians and whites. The mission's extent until the 1910's included the Fraser River valley from Spuzzum to Lillooet, the Thompson River valley from Lytton to Ashcroft, and the Nicola Valley. Shulus and Lillooet were created into separate parishes by 1920. Separate white and Indian congregations were established in the parish and in 1934 the mission was divided into the Lytton Indian Mission, centred at the Church of St. Mary and St. Paul in Lytton, and the Lytton White Mission, centred at St. Barnabas Church, Lytton. Since then, periodically, the parishes have been united under the ministry of one priest. Currently the mission includes St. George, 2 Mile; St. Andrew, Boothroyd; Holy Trinity, Kanaka Bar; St. Thomas, 30 Mile House; St. Gabriel, Nitlickpam; and congregations at Nicomen, N'Kyia and 25 Mile. Churches no longer represented include St. Augustine, Nyshakup; St. David, Staiyn; Christ Church, Spuzzum; and St. Giles, Inkahtsaph.

St. Barnabas' Parish (Lytton, B.C.)

  • A-226
  • Corporate body
  • 1867-

Established in 1867, the Lytton Mission originally included both white and indian congregations. St. Barnabas, Lytton was the centre of the white mission, and was, at different points in its history, combined with the Church of St. Mary and St. Paul, which was the centre of the indian mission.

At different points in its history, the white mission has included: St. Michael and All Angels, North Bend; St. Mary the Virgin, Lillooet; and St. Peter's, Boston Bar.

St. Michael's Parish (Merritt, B.C.)

  • A-227
  • Corporate body
  • 1907-

Established in 1907, St. Michael's Merritt was combined with St. John's, Nicola and CAnford into one parish in 1914. Other points served have included Brookemere, Mamette Lake and Spences Bridge. Since 1986 Merritt and Shulus have been combined into the Nicola Valley Pastoral Zone, a venture in a joint pastoral ministry. It continues to operate as a separate parish.

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