The book is the first complete biography of the first Catholic bishop of Toronto and his impact on the city in the 1840s. Bishop Power, famous for tending to Irish famine immigrants in Toronto's "fever sheds", eventually at the cost of his own life, also established enduring frameworks for Catholic institutions, schools, and religious life in the new diocese. The awards jury praised Prof. McGowan's book for its scholarship, style, and importance.
Richard Alway, President of St Michael's, congratulated Prof. McGowan on learning of the award. "The book is indeed a first-rate piece of scholarship and a great read," Dr. Alway said. "It adds a great deal to our understanding of a very important figure in the history of Toronto and the Church in Canada. This is a feather in the cap for Principal McGowan and the St Michael's community celebrates with him."
November 2006Mark McGowan, the Principal of St Michael's College, received the Award of Excellenceat the 32nd Annual Heritage Toronto Awards, October 30. The award was given to Prof. McGowan for his 2005 book, Michael Power: The Struggle to Build the Catholic Church on the Canadian Frontier.