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Bishop Durieu Council #11244
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Our History


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Bishop Durieu Council #11244
Our Namesake


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The Bishop Durieu Council is located on the Sunshine Coast and represents the parishes of Sechelt & Gibsons. The Grand Knight for 2006-2007 is Gerry Gillis. You can contact the Knights by phone at 604 886-8228.

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7:00 pm alternating between Sechelt & Gibsons.

Bishop Durieu Council was founded in 1994 through the efforts of the Father Boisclair and men from both Holy Family & St. Mary's parishes.

Our Council is named after Bishop Durieu, who was regarded as the foremost speaker of Chinook among missionaries. He came to the Fraser Valley in 1867 as director of St. Mary's Mission. There he translated the Bible into Chinook and rose to become bishop of New Westminster in 1890. Born in Saint-Pal-de-Mons, France on December 4, 1830, Durieu was ordained in the order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1854. From 1854 to 1859 he served the order in Washington state, then came north to Esquimalt, Sechelt and Kamloops where he was a founder of the Wawa Press. Although he was known for his severe methods of Christianizing Indians, he simultaneously supported their land claims and dedicated himself sincerely to their education. He died in New Westminster on June 1, 1899, the same year his Chinook Bible History was published in Duployan shorthand by Jean-Marie Le Jeune and he consecrated St. Paul's Boarding School on the Mission Reserve in North Vancouver, demolished in 1959.

The Bishop Durieu Council works closely with the Sechelt & Gibsons Parishes, providing funds for various projects and supporting charitable organizations on the Coast, and members are active participants in their parish activities.


We had a very nice Charter Night evening last Saturday night (Feb 16); with our State Deputy, Dan O'Hara delivering the special address. Past State Deputy Dave Jones, and our District Deputy, John Neuls, were in attendance as well.

Travis and Patricia McDonough were honoured as the "Family of the Year"; and Gerry Gilles was our "Knight of the Year". Both awards were presented by our State Deputy. Pictures of the event are on the "Pictures" site on this website. Check them out.


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