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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Father Henry Carr CSB Recognized as a Figure of National Historic Significance

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The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, on November 29th recognized the national historic significance of Father Henry Carr CSB of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, for his important contributions to higher education in Canada.
 
“Father Henry Carr was a pioneering figure in the history of Catholic education in Canada,” said Minister Kent. “Today’s national historic designation will remind Canadians of the key role faith organizations have played in shaping our traditions in the field of higher education.”
 
Father Carr played a key role in the evolution of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, from its origins as a small Catholic college focused on preparation for the priesthood, to a full arts college federated in 1910 with the University of Toronto. While at St. Michael’s, he promoted excellence in Catholic higher education, bringing well known Catholic scholars to the college and founding the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (1929), a world-renowned research institute located on the grounds of St. Michael’s College. Father Carr went on to be an advocate for the creation of Catholic colleges within secular universities, bringing the St. Michael’s model of federation to other universities and heading Catholic colleges at the Universities of Saskatchewan and British Columbia.