Bishop Peter MacIntyre

Born at Cable Head, near St. Peter’s Bay in 1818
Bishop of the Diocese of Charlottetown: 1860-1891

Bishop MacIntyre attended St. Andrew’s College on this Island, St. Hyacinthe College and the Seminary of Quebec and in 1843 he was ordained to the priesthood in Quebec City.

Father MacIntyre was immediately assigned to the western missions of P.E.I., making his residence at Tignish where among many other things he organized the building of the present church which opened in 1860. That same year Father MacIntyre was named Bishop of Charlottetown and was consecrated in St. Dunstan’s Cathedral on August 15. He was the first of our bishops to reside in Charlottetown, eventually moving into the new palace in 1875.

Bishop MacIntyre attended the Vatican Council in Rome from 1869 to 1870 and in all he visited Rome four times.

He was a strong supporter of Catholic education by improvements to St. Dunstan’s College, the building of St. Patrick’s School for boys in Charlottetown (later Queen Square School) and by the firm establishment of many Sisters of Notre Dame across the Island. He was a force behind the opening of the Charlottetown Hospital in 1879, the first one on the Island, and influential in organizing societies to address the dangers of alcohol.

During his long term here Bishop MacIntyre had the honor of having two of his priests consecrated as bishops, Cornelius O’Brien as Archbishop of Halifax in 1883 and Charles MacDonald as his coadjutor for Charlottetown in 1890.

Bishop MacIntyre died at the bishop’s residence at Antigonish on April 30, 1891. After funeral Mass in St. Dunstan’s Cathedral his remains were taken by special train to his native St. Peter’s Bay and interred in the church basement there. The service of burial was conducted by the former coadjutor, Bishop Charles MacDonald, who was now the new head of the diocese.