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McDONALD, Ronald, Canadian R. C. bishop, born in Antigonish county, Nova Scotia, in 1835. He began his classical studies in Cape George, and finished his theological course in St. Francis Xavier's college, where he was ordained priest, 2 October, 1859. He was then appointed professor in the college, where he remained forthree years. In 1862 he was sent to take charge of the Roman Catholic mission in Pictou. During his ministry he erected five churches, including a fine one at Pictou, and in 1880 he built a lay convent and extensive schools in that place. He established schools among the Micmac Indians, in which all the Indian children of school age are at present (1888) receiving an education. His congregation, which numbered about one hundred when he was first appointed pastor, was considerably over 1,000 in 1881. Dr. McDonald was consecrated bishop of Harbor Grace in the church of Pictou, 21 August, 1881. The Roman Catholic church has made considerable progress in his diocese under his administration.
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