Fonds - Alexander John Doull fonds

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Alexander John Doull fonds

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  • 1914-1934 (Creation)
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    Doull, Alexander John

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1 cm of textual records

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(1870-1937)

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The Reverend Alexander John Doull, first Bishop of the Diocese of Kootenay (1914-1933), was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. After receiving his early education in Nova Scotia and in Toronto, he attended Oriel College, Oxford, UK, graduating with an Honours diploma in History (1894). He received his clerical training in Cuddeson Theological College after which he took up his duties at Oxford House in London, a place were university men shared their intellectual and spiritual advantages with an underprivileged community. Ordained in 1896, he was licensed as a priest to Leeds Parish Church and, two years later, he obtained the degree of Master of Arts from Oriel College, U.K. In 1899, Alexander John Doull accepted the offer to become curate of Westmount Church in Montreal, Canada and in 1901 he was appointed Rector of that parish. He maintained this position for ten years. In January 1910, he was appointed Rector of the Parish of Christ Church and Dean of the Cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia. His years in Victoria were fruitful. He was an active supporter of religious education in the public schools, an advocate of equal suffrage in the church, and vice-president of the Social Service Council of British Columbia. In November 1914 he was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Kootnay. The Diocese of Kootnay comprised a very large area and included thirty-six parishes in the those early days. During the years of Bishop Doull's administration membership greatly increased. Bishop Doull did not hesitate to travel around in order to reach the scattered rural districts. Although the administration of Diocesan affairs required his constant presence, Bishop Doull participated in the meetings of the House of Bishops and represented the Diocese of Kootnay at Lambeth conferences. At the 1930 session, he was selected to serve on the Committee for Church Union. The depression years made the operation of the Diocese increasingly difficult. In 1933 Bishop Doull resigned and left for England where he had accepted the position of Assistant Bishop of Sheffield as well as Archdeacon and Canon of the same diocese. He also became the vicar of a small country parish. His deteriorating health prevented him from remaining in England and, in 1935, he returned to British Columbia. He died in 1937 and was buried, together with his wife, Margaret Gertrude, in Vernon cemetery. Bishop A. J. Doull was regarded as one of the finest speakers in the Anglican Church of the West of Canada.

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Fonds consists of correspondence. Includes primarily manuscript letters addressed to the Principal William H. Vance of the Anglican Theological College.

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