Cornelius O'Brien (bishop)

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Cornelius O'Brien
Archbishop of Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Province Nova Scotia
See Halifax
Installed December 1, 1882
Term ended March 9, 1906
Predecessor Michael Hannan
Successor Edward Joseph McCarthy
Ordination April 8, 1871
Personal details
Born (1843-05-04)May 4, 1843
New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island
Died March 9, 1906(1906-03-09) (aged 62)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Denomination Roman Catholic

Cornelius O'Brien (May 4, 1843 – March 9, 1906) was a Canadian Roman Catholic priest, archbishop, and author of 39 books.


Born in New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island, the son of Terence O’Brien and Catherine O’Driscoll, O'Brien graduated from Urban College and in 1871 was ordained a priest.

In 1882, he was appointed Archbishop of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He followed Michael Hannan in this position. He established a Catholic high school (1888) and Holy Heart Seminary (1896), both in Halifax and helped to found the French-language Collège Sainte Anne (1890) in Pointe-de-l'Église, Nova Scotia.

In 1894 he delivered a eulogy for the Rt. Hon. Sir John Thompson, a former Premier of Nova Scotia and the first Catholic Prime Minister of Canada. From 1896 to 1897, he was president of the Royal Society of Canada.

He died in Halifax on 9 March 1906. He was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Halifax.[1]



Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Alfred Richard Cecil Selwyn
President of the Royal Society of Canada
Succeeded by
Félix-Gabriel Marchand