About

History

The St. Albert area has been the home of Indigenous peoples for 10,000 years and we acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 Territory and the traditional homeland of the Alberta Métis Nation.

In 1861, Father Albert Lacombe and Bishop Tache of the Oblates established a Roman Catholic Mission. Along with members of the local Métis community, Father Lacombe constructed a simple wooden chapel that still stands in present-day St. Albert.

A bustling community soon grew around the Chapel. In addition to being a centre for religious life, it quickly became one of the largest Métis communities in Western Canada. The arrival of the Grey Nuns in 1863 led to the building of a hospital, orphanage, and one of the first schools in the Northwest.

Today, Father Lacombe Chapel stands on Mission Hill and is the oldest building in Alberta.

Support Us

Volunteer

Father Lacombe Chapel is always looking for volunteers of all ages. Volunteer positions are often seasonal (May to September), but long-term positions may be available in partnership with the Musée Héritage Museum.

Examples of short-term volunteer positions:

  • Assisting with Special Events
  • Assisting with Programs
  • Craft Demonstrator

Our volunteers are greatly valued and allow us to offer more programs and experiences to the public. Please contact us for more information

Donate

Potential donors should contact our curator to discuss the criteria for donating artifacts into the collection. It is recommended you attach a photo of your item to your email.

If you are interested in donating historic items, please contact:
Joy Schellenberg, Curator
Joy.Schellenberg@gov.ab.ca
780-431-2367 (for toll-free, dial 310-0000 first)