Prince Edward Island

St. Alexis Church in Rollo Bay prepares to mark last mass

A possible sale of the building to a community group is being explored

CBC News

August 07, 2015

St. Alexis Church in Rollo Bay was built in the 1930s. (CBC)

An historic church in Rollo Bay is marking the end of its role as a place of worship.

A special last mass is being held Sunday at St. Alexis Church.

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It was built by Island architect William Critchlow Harris in the 1930s,and is now being deconsecrated.

In the past few years, services have only been offered in the summer, after the church's furnace failed.

Inside St. Alexis Church in Rollo Bay. (CBC)

St. Alexis' priest says dwindling attendance and finances are forcing the closure, but it may not be the end of the church.

A possible sale of the building to a community group is being explored. The group in interested in doing something similar to Indian River.

St. Alexis Church's 300 year old bell. (CBC)

St. Mary's Church in Indian River is another Harris church that has been repurposed into a performance space.

St. Alexis Church includes an almost 300-year old bell discovered in a farmer's field in 1870 and was thought to have been buried during the Acadian expulsion. 

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