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Mission Statement:

Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata Parish, a parish in the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, “commits to fostering a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that our customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitable channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for our own self-preservation.”  Pope Francis


Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata Parish formed in June 2006 as Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, combining the history of two north-end parishes – St. Joseph’s and St. Stephen’s. It is situated on the former site of St. Stephen’s. We pray that Saint Mother Teresa Parish will always be the place that people can call home and have a strong sense of belonging to our Church Family. Mother Teresa’s canonization: Sept. 4, 2016.

Saint Joseph’s Church


Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said “Here I am; send me!” – Isaiah 6:8

St. Joseph’s Church was situated in the North end of Halifax next door to Canadian Forces Base Halifax, (Stadacona).  The Cubs, Scouts, Brownies etc. from this area of Halifax used St. Joseph’s facilities for many years.

The largest senior citizens complex in Halifax, Northwood Manor, is only two blocks away and St. Joseph’s provided spiritual care for the many catholic seniors who reside there.  This ministry is now carried on by Blessed Mother Teresa Parish.

In 1865 Daniel Sullivan, an alderman in the City of Halifax donated a lot of land at the corner of Russell & Gottingen Streets, at a site on which he hoped a new Church could be built, to serve the needs of Catholic’s in the North end of the City.

The work began in the same year and was completed in 1867. In that year only 50 families were members of St. Joseph’s. One of the first priests was Father Allan and he lived at the home of Mr. Sullivan who donated the land for the Church. Subsequent years brought both institutional and population growth to this area and so the size and importance of St. Joseph’s parish increased.

It was in the pastorate of Monsignor McManus that disaster visited the Parish. On December 6th, 1917, the terrible “Halifax Explosion” occurred, snuffing out instantly the lives of more than 400 parishioners of St. Joseph’s (about ½ of the parish) and destroying every vestige of Church property.


With faith and courage the descendents of the first pioneers began rebuilding. An excellent basement church took form and was opened in 1920 and served an ever-growing parish for the next 40 years.

The upper and newer structure of St. Joseph’s Church began in 1959 and was completed in 1961.

The military barracks and base next to the church became part of the life of the church also.

At the church hall, on Gottingen Street, the parishioners provided their own entertainment and raised funds for the parish by having plays, concerts, operettas and other musical shows. Over the years this church has served as a haven for the catholic families of this area. By 1932 there were 600 families and number of priests were serving here.

By 1950’s the parish had grown to about 1200 families. There were at least four priests on staff.

At the time of its closure, the population had decreased to about 150 families.

Saint Stephen’s Church

“Renewing our relationship with Jesus…”StStephenChurch

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 902 454-5835

Tucked away on a quiet North End street in Halifax, Nova Scotia, St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church is a handsome building made of field stone and mortar with a soaring white wooden steeple tower. A spacious rectory, also constructed of field stone, is connected to the church and both buildings face St. Stephen’s Memorial Park across the street.

FB26A402-5EDE-4751-815E81F047419E52This is the heart of St. Stephen’s Parish, a contemporary community with traditional values, located in an historic part of a bustling port city. Inside, great cris-crossing roof beams vault over the warm wood tones of the pews. Blazing stained glass windows march their way along the east and west walls up to the simple, elegant nave. A massive pipe organ graces the choir loft on the north wall, surmounted by a glorious stained glass mandala.

The church is fully wheel chair accessible and also features chair lifts on the main lobby stairs. St. Stephen’s is completely wired for sound and includes a Crying Room plus a spacious hall downstairs to accommodate the many parish activities.

Office Hours

Tuesday & Thursday
9:00 am – 2:00 pm


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