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

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

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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.


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