HISTORY OF FATHER VACHON SCHOOL
Named in honor of . . . FATHER L. VACHON, O.M.I (1864-1918)
Father Vachon served as the parish priest of St. Paul's Parish in Saskatoon from the early 1900s until 1912. During his term as parish priest:
- The Catholic population of Saskatoon increased a great deal.
- He worked to have the Grey Nuns of Montreal establish St. Paul's Hospital in Saskatoon.
- He served on a committee to begin negotiations with the government to establish a Catholic Separate School District in Saskatoon. The committee was successful and on June 14, 1911 the first Ratepayer's Meeting of the St. Paul's R.C.S.S.D. No. 20 was held. Father Vachon was appointed Chaplain of the district and as such saw the first pupils attend classes on September 5, 1911 in the basement of St. Paul's Church.
Father Vachon was equally respected by all members of the community and was always held in great esteem for the way in which he completed the tasks entrusted to him.
Our patron saint is St. Eugene de Mazenod. Father Eugene spent his life rebuilding a world of Christian values. He created the Oblate order of priests. He was declared a saint in 1995. His feast day is May 21st.