House for the Missions

The chapel at Our Lady Queen of Peace Mission House.

In the community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, a sanctuary stands as an important base for the priests serving the area. Our Lady Queen of Peace Mission House serves as both a parish rectory and lodging for any visiting priests who are serving the communities in Black Tickle, Sheshatshiu, Natuashish, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay. This mission house allows priests to relax, recharge, and renew their spirits away from the challenges of their missions.

The inception of Our Lady Queen of Peace Mission House can be traced back to Bishop Douglas Crosby OMI, who recognized the need for a communal space where priests serving the Labrador region could come together. Built during the time when the Oblates ministered to the area, the mission house was designed to provide fraternal support and comfort to those who often found themselves isolated due to the vastness of their missions.

A view of roof with the impact of the harsh climate resulting in moss growth.

Today, the Mission House serves as a home away from home for the two priests ministering to the Northern Innu people. They come to this sanctuary to rest, build fraternity among themselves, and re-energize for their mission work. The importance of such a space cannot be overstated, as it plays a crucial role in ensuring the well-being and effectiveness of these priests in their service to the community.

Maintaining and operating Our Lady Queen of Peace Mission House comes with various expenses, including travel in the local area, minor repairs, snow clearing, cleaning, utilities, living expenses, property taxes, office supplies, and insurance. Without the support of Catholic Missions In Canada (CMIC), these financial challenges would pose a significant burden on the parish.

One of the bedrooms, see how the base board heaters will need to be repaired.
One of the office for the priests.

The grant provided by CMIC is instrumental in funding these extra expenses, ensuring that the Mission House remains a functional and welcoming space for priests visiting the area. By aiding in the maintenance of the mission house, donors play a crucial role in enhancing the priests’ well-being and ensuring their continued effective service to the communities they serve.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Mission House stands as a testament to the enduring commitment of the Catholic Church to serve and support communities in need. Through the generous support of Catholic Missions In Canada (CMIC), the Mission House continues to thrive, ensuring that priests have the resources they need to carry out their important mission work.