Around 1913 the Catholic church acquired the hotel for use as Saint Joseph’s Convent. On its ground floor was a school and chapel and on the second a residence for the Sisters.
In 1918 it became the “China Mission College”, training priests for missionary work in China. Read- The Almonte college campus that never was also see clippings below
A group home in Almonte for mildly handicapped people may become a reality. A sub-committee of the Almonte Community Development Corporation has been working for some time on establishing a home of this type and have recently made a submission to the ministry of community and social services for funding. Currently the ministry is studying the proposal and will let the committee know shortly if funding is available. The committee was told last fall by the ministry that money had been set aside for the home.
The committee is also seriously considering the vacant St Joseph’s convent on Bridge Street as a location for the home. They have approached the St Mary’s Parish Council about leasing the convent and they seemed quite receptive to the idea. Marie Seaman, a member of the group home committee said that the home would accommodate six people who are either working or going to school.
It is not intended as a long term residence and the people would be taught life skills so they eventually could move into an apartment of their own with guidance from the group home staff. There would be a whole range of other activities to help the residents become part of the community. Seaman said. The home would be staffed around the clock, which would require employing about six or seven people. It has been established that there are 80 people in the Almonte area that need this type of accommodation, Seaman said. Some of these are living at home or at the Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls. The committee is hoping to have the home established within three months but it all depends on the funding Seaman said.
Local historian John Dunn grew up across the road from The China Mission Society, which occupied the establishment briefly, as a site to train the first all-Canadian contingent of missionaries for the Orient.
In addition to their overseas missionary focus, Scarboro Missions has also had a presence in Canada from the time of its founding in 1918 as the new China Mission College in the town of Almonte near Ottawa, Ontario. The seminary, which eventually became known as Scarboro Missions, was moved in 1921 to Scarborough, Ontario, where it served as the Society’s central house until November 1918. At that time, having sold the property to the Toronto Catholic District School Board, many Scarboro priests moved to a newly built residence called Presentation Manor, located nearby in Scarborough. Several religious congregations of both women and men united to lend support the the Presentation Manor project and are part of this new community.
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