When this diocese was established back in 1904 Rome decided that the seat of the bishop would be in the city of Sault Ste. Marie, with Sacré Coeur as its cathedral. The first bishop, however, decided to remain in North Bay, where he established a pro-cathedral for the exercise of his ministry. It is that church, the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption, where I was installed.
Sacré-Coeur church was later renamed Precious Blood, and it remain to this day the official cathedral of the diocese. I was really eager to see it, so I made sure to drop in on my way back from Wawa to Sudbury.
I was hugely impressed. The church itself is gorgeous, as you can see in the photo. But then the pastor, Fr. Hamish, took me on a tour of the back of the building where the newly constructed hall is located. It is amazing! He also pointed out another building in the back, which is the location of a charity called the Centre for Social Justice and Good Works. You sure can't beat a name like that!