Sainte-Thérèse Church

The first church in Arvida

The temporary chapel camp building (1925) was located close to De La Salle Street.

Source: Sainte-Thérèse Parish. 

The first church in Arvida

The interior of the temporary chapel camp where Arvida's first Mass is celebrated on 29 November 1925.

Source: Sainte-Thérèse Parish. 

The construction of the Catholic church

The construction of Sainte-Thérèse-de-l'Enfant-Jésus Church, which began in September 1927.

Source: Saguenay Historical Society. FPH-65-P01167-1.

Sainte-Thérèse-de-l'Enfant-Jésus Church

Sainte-Thérèse Catholic Church. Its first Mass is celebrated on Christmas Day, 1928.

Source: Saguenay Historical Society. FPH-50-P00354-1.

The interior of the Catholic church

The interior of Sainte-Thérèse-de-l'Enfant-Jésus Church.

Source: Saguenay Historical Society. P2-S7-P03285-1.

Father Joseph Lévêque and the statue of Saint Thérèse

Joseph Lévêque and the bronze statue of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, prior to its installation on the top of the church façade.

Source: Sainte-Thérèse Parish. 

The statue of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus

The installation of the statue of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus during the second phase of construction of the church, 1950.

Source: Sainte-Thérèse Parish.

The clergy house

The first clergy house of Sainte-Thérèse Parish, 1930. It is moved to Ampère Street and converted into a residential block in 1957.

Source: Sainte-Thérèse Parish.

The moving of the clergy house

A news report about the moving of the Sainte-Thérèse clergy house to Ampère Street.

Source: Le Lingot, September 12, 1957, p. 37.

Stained glass

Stained glass representing Saint Thérèse, made in 1949.

Source: Saguenay Historical Society. P2-S7-P03524-1.

Stained glasses

Stained glasses representing two events of Thérèse of Lisieux’s life : the apparition of the Virgin of the Smile and Thérèse asking Leo XIII for his permission to enter Carmel.

Source: Saguenay Historical Society. P2-S7-P03821-1.

Doors of Sainte-Thérèse Church

A work of artist Albert Gilles, the bronze doors of Sainte-Thérèse Church illusrate scenes from the life of Jesus and the Gospel message.

Source: Sir William Price Heritage Centre.

Sainte-Thérèse Church

The Sainte-Thérèse-de-l'Enfant-Jésus Church nowadays.

Source: Sir William Price Heritage Centre.

Sainte-Thérèse Church

The first Mass in Arvida is celebrated on 29 November 1925 by Father Joseph Lévêque. It takes place in a construction camp which serves as a refectory. Thereafter, religious services are held in the basement of the company's office until the opening of the new church.

It is after discussions between Msgr. Michel-Thomas Labrecque, bishop of the Diocese of Chicoutimi, and Harold R. Wake, property manager, that the company cedes land and donates $40,000 for the construction of a church and a presbytery. Construction starts in September 1927, and the church of Sainte-Thérèse-de-l'Enfant-Jésus is inaugurated on 24 December 1928.

Commissioned by Alfred Lamontagne, the building is characterised by an imposing concrete vault, which makes the building fireproof. This technique, still little used for church construction, is due to the interventions of Montreal engineer Y.-M. Guay, Armand Gravel and Ernest Cormier. The church of Saint-Clet, located in the Montérégie region and built in 1926-1927, is quite similar.

In 1948, a second phase of construction begins under the direction of Ludger Lemieux. The interior is completed and it is on this occasion that the nave is furnished with stained glasses by Guido Nincheri. The bell tower is also modified.

Sainte-Thérèse Church 360º

Sainte-Thérèse Church (view from the steeple) 360º

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