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Memorable Manitobans: John Fletcher Stout Conlin (1932-1991)


Born at Belfast, Northern Ireland on 16 December 1932, he came to Canada in 1952. After studying theology at the University of Saskatchewan, he was ordained a Deacon in May 1957 in St. George’s Church in Brandon and a Priest in May 1958 in St. Matthew’s Cathedral. He served parishes throughout Manitoba, including at St. John’s in Reston (1957-1960), and in Saskatoon until returning to Brandon in 1969 as the Rector of St. Matthew’s Cathedral and the Dean of the Diocese of Brandon. In 1975, he was consecrated the fourth Bishop for the Diocese of Brandon and received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from the University of Emmanuel College in 1976. Much of his work in the Diocese of Brandon was focused on the concerns of First Nations Canadians and, in 1980, he established the Henry Budd Training Centre in The Pas. He died at Brandon on 25 November 1991 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1991, page 40.

We thank Sandy Jasper and Reverend Matt Koovisk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 February 2018

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