February 4, 1938 - On February 2nd, 77 years ago, a baby boy was born to Ambrose and Isabella (Leafy MacMillan) Maloney of St. Andrews West. That baby would grow up to be the Revered Kelvin Maloney. (And of course he is the younger brother of Father George Maloney, another faithful servant of the diocese.)
Father Kelvin studied philosophy at the Séminaire de Philosophie in Montreal. He then began his theology studies at the Grand Séminaire de Saint-Sulpice in Montreal. On Pentecost Sunday, June 2, 1963, he was ordained to the priesthood at the parish of St. Andrew by the Most Reverend Jacques Landriault.
Since his ordination Father Kelvin has served many of our parishes including the Cocathédrale de la Nativité (his first appointment as assistant pastor), St. Columban, St. Francis de Sales, Holy Cross, St. Peter (where he was the founding pastor in 1978) and Blessed Sacrament. Since 1998, he has been rector of St. Finnan Cathedral in Alexandria and pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna in Greenfield.
During his many years with the diocese he has been involved in a variety of projects including being employed by the Tri-Counties Separate School Board as Director of Religious Education. He has also served as Vicar-General under our last three bishops. Among our active priests, Father Kelvin is the diocese’s longest serving priest with 52 years of service.
Because of space, the above is only the tiniest of snippets of what Father Kelvin has done and meant to this diocese. On this his 77th birthday we wish him much joy and we ask the Lord to bless him with good health for many years to come.
Photos: Father Kelvin Maloney, Vicar General (top right) - Letters regarding two significant moments in Father Kelvin's priesthood (below)
February 9, 1897 - On February 9th, 1897, five sisters from the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph in Kingston arrived in Cornwall by the four o'clock train from Kingston, accompanied by Bishop Alexander Macdonell. They were here to begin the work of transforming Ivy Hall, which had been purchased from the widow of Ontario’s first premier John Sandfield MacDonald, into the Hotel Dieu Hospital. The five sisters were: Sister Margaret Donnelly, Sister Ann Hopkins, Sister Margaret Powers, Sister Katherine McCarthy and Sister Janet Macdonell. Within five months, the sisters, with the help of St. Colulmban’s Father George Corbet, renovated the building and the new Hospital opened its doors on June 17, 1897.
“Very soon after the opening of the Hospital, as the number of patients increased, among those seeking admission some were old, helpless and homeless;” the sisters realized that a different kind of institution was needed to house these folks. Ivy Hall’s stable was renovated and fitted up for a home and on February 9, 1898, Rev. Paul De Saunhac blessed the Home, giving it the name of St. Paul's Home.
The above information was taken from Jubilee Echoes 1897 - 1922, the history that was published on the occasion of 25th anniversary of the Cornwall Hotel Dieu.
February 16, 1916 - In January 1916, the parish priests of the Diocese voiced their displeasure with the inconsistent stipend for serving mass.
On February 16, 1916, Bishop William A. Macdonell, the Diocese’s second bishop, penned a letter to his priests. Below is a copy of that letter. Bishop Macdonell stated that he hoped that funerals, marriages and masses of immediate need would remain the duty of the priest to his flock and that these masses should not be charged for.
Dear Rev. Fathers,
As you are aware, the stipend for mass is not uniform throughout the diocese. In some parishes it is one dollar, in others, less than a dollar. I have therefore decided to equalize it; and I now fix it at one dollar for every parish in the diocese. In doing so, I believe, I am a re-establishing the rate fixed when the first diocese in Upper Canada was formed. Tradition at least, says, that stipend was originally one dollar…
The letter is signed:
Yours faithfully in Christ
William A. Macdonell
Bisp. Of Alexandria
“I enjoyed my stay among you.”
Bishop Joseph-Aurèle Plourde
February 20, 1967
After serving as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria for just over two and a half years, Bishop Joseph-Aurèle Plourde said good-bye in a concelebrated mass at St. Finnan’s Cathedral on Monday, February 20, 1967. He concluded his final homily with: “All I ask is that the will of God be done, I go to Ottawa and I ask you to pray for me, as I will pray for you.”
During his stay in the Diocese, Bishop Plourde was instrumental in chairing a committee that set up Development and Peace. He also participated in the last session of the Second Vatican Council.
Pope Paul VI named him auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Alexandria in 1964. Three years later, at Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa, Bishop Plourde was installed as Archbishop of Ottawa. He retired in 1989 at the age of 75 and died January 5, 2013 at the age of 97 as Archbishop Emeritus of Ottawa.