St. Columban's, the Mother Parish of Roman Catholics in Cornwall,
was established in 1829.
The first parish for French speaking Catholics was La Nativite,
established in 1887.
The present church building of St. Columban's is the third, built in
As any old historic building, the Church has been involved in an
earthquake, and 2 fires, and has sustained damage over it's long
history. In addition to these catastrophes, the building is in
constant need of repairs and upgrades, to conform to fire codes,
As in the case of many centre city churches, the parish finds itself
with a aging population and fewer professional members who tend to
gravitate to the suburbs.