St. Patrick's

History

Mass was first held in the area at the home of Thomas Haney, one of the pioneers of the area, and the namesake of the original town of Port Haney. The parish was established in 1883 by the Bishop of Vancouver to serve the needs of Catholics in the surrounding area. The parish site was moved to the present location in 1950. On five beautiful acres of forestland in the heart of Haney, Father Steele began the challenging task of building St. Patrick’s School. The school was opened in September of 1956 with a co-educational enrollment of 128 students encompassing grades one to eight. The Sisters of St. Joseph of London, Ontario were the first teachers. Sisters Winnifred, Appolonia and Wendelin aided Sister Eugene the first principal. Initially, only five rooms on the lower floor were available for the students’ use, as the upstairs consisted of Father’s living quarters, a confessional and a large hall where mass was said. The parish church, the convent for the Sisters and the rectory were added in quick succession in the following few years.