Father Michael Shalloe was the Parish Priest for 21 years at St Paul the Hermit, Roman Catholic Church, Sheenboro, Quebec, Canada. Sheenboro is in a remote area on the border of Quebec and Ontario; these two counties are separated by the Ottawa River.
Father Shalloe’s headstone records that he was ‘an exemplary pastor of St. Paul’s Church, Shenboro’. The headstone was ‘erected by his faithful Parishioners and loving friends’. He died on the 28 August, 1895 aged 56 years and 9 months.
Father Michael Shalloe was a brother of Bridget Shalloe, who I write about in the previous Blog and he and their sister, Ann, were mentioned in Bridget’s obituary.
The following is an extract from my sister’s booklet on the Barker and Devereux families.
“The 1881 Canadian Census Household records list Michael Shalloe, 39 years, Catholic Priest, with his sister Ann Shalloe, 36 years, as his housekeeper. Michael, Ann and Bridget appear to be the only children of James and Bridget Shalloe of County Clare, Ireland: at least the only children surviving to adulthood. Michael was ordained a priest in Canada in 1874.
For the 1901 Canadian census Ann Shalloe is the only person listed in Canada with this exact spelling of the surname. Although Ann Shalloe’s age was given as 66 years; it should be only 56 years, that is, if the correct age was given in the 1881 census.
Ann was still residing in the province of Quebec, but was now in the district of LAVAL (probably Lavaltrie) and the subdistrict of Longue Pointe. This area appears to be closer to Montreal. The 1906 census only covered three provenances, not including Quebec. Ann was not found on the 1911 census, but eventually found lists written in French with her death on 27th November 1915 in Quebec.”
The following article contains extracts from a piece about the parish of Sheenboro where Father Michael Shalloe served for 21 years.
“In 1843, Father James Lynch of Allumette Island took a special interest in the settlers, many of them victims of the Potato Famine in Ireland. Holy Mass was said in the home of Andrew Keon from 1849-1855 until a temporary log chapel was erected. As the community was growing this proved to be inadequate and work began in 1861 on a new church. It was completed in 1872 at a cost of $6,000. The first pastor of Sheenborough was Father Patrick Meehan.
In 1885, Bishop Lorrain made his first pastoral visit accompanied by Fathers Dowdall and Shalloe. The Algonquin Indians were amongst the peoples pastored in the community.
Father Shalloe died in 1895. The next parish priest was Father Patrick Kiernan from 1897 to 1901. Father John Sinnett came and stayed for 3 years and then moved out west.
Rev. P. J. Tracy had a lengthy pastorate of 20 years from 1904 to 1924. Father Tracy was buried beside Father Shalloe in the cemetery in 1923. During his time the church at Sheenboro was entirely destroyed by fire. A new church was then planned and the basement was erected in under the director of Mr. P. Mousseau, a contractor from Campbell’s Bay. The basement was used as the church and the super-structure was never completed. To this day, the Sheen Church is a basement church giving it a unique history. Many people, upon arrival in Sheeboro, believe the Parish Hall to be the church and are surprised to find out that it is indeed the hall.
The high spirits of the people of Sheenboro are known throughout the diocese. They are a kind and hard-working bunch with strong faith and a desire, though very small in number, to maintain their community.”