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Coordinates: 44°46′00″N 80°05′18″W / 44.766755°N 80.088272°W / 44.766755; -80.088272

The historic site Carhagouha (near Lafontaine, Ontario) is the Huron/Wendat name for the site of the first Catholic Mass celebrated in Ontario, Canada on August 12 (or June 24[1][2]), 1615 by Fr. Joseph Le Caron (member of the Recollets order) in the presence of French explorer, Samuel de Champlain,[3] and the Wendat.

Each year a Mass is celebrated to mark the anniversary. The exact place is not precisely known.[4]



  1. ^ (in French) "La Première messe sur île de Montréal - 24 juin 1615" Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ John J. O’Gorman, S.C.D., "Ontario’s Pioneer Priest," Catholic World 102 (March 1916), 751-756.
  3. ^ Heidenreich, C. E. (1967-08-29). A New Location for Carhagouha, Recollect Mission in Huronia (PDF). Retrieved 2017-08-09. 
  4. ^ Labine, M. Gustave (1893). Histoire des premieux travaux des pères récollets en la nouvelle France 1615-1629 (PDF) (in French). Montréal: Imp. de l'Institution des Sourdes-Muets. Retrieved 2017-08-09. 

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