St. Peter's Maronite Catholic Church
Year Constructed: 1931
Architect: Albert J. Lothian
In the 1920's, driven by their faith and ambition the first Maronite immigrants of Lebanon built St. Peter's Church at Parent and Niagara Streets. The construction of this church was completed on February 7th 1924, on the feast of St. Maron.
The Church had a succession of dedicated priests over the next several decades. In 1970, Father John Dahdah (Antonin Order) was named administrator and later Pastor. He was instrumental in establishing of the Antonin Order in Windsor. This eventually led to the founding of a Monastery at Highway # 3 and Outer Drive in Oldcastle, for the education and training of monks and priests. In the mid 1980's, there arose a "schism" between the parishioners and the bishop. The problem was never resolved and the local church experienced an exodus of most of its "chartered" member families which eventually led to the building of St. Charbel's Church at the Monastery location.
On July 24th 2000 the Maronite Catholic community of Windsor purchased this rare and beautiful Art-Deco-Style Church (formerly St. Clare) and celebrated the first mass on December 17th 2000. Also that December, Windsor City Council designated the property, including lands and buildings a property of architectural and historical value under the Ontario Heritage Act.
Location: 166 Tecumseh Road West
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