The history of Immaculate Conception Parish began in Fyfe Lake, a community 22 km from Prince George during the 1950’s. St. Anne’s Church was built by Henri Bachand and others and was served by priests in the Prince George area. In Fyfe Lake there were a considerable Catholic group of French speaking people who had come to the area when the forestry industry was developing. Names like Bachand, St.Amand, Cote, Plouffe, Parents, Rancourts, etc, were the founding families of Immaculate Conception Parish. When the mill closed these families moved into the Prince George area where forestry was beginning to boom.
Bishop O’Grady had Domano Chapel built in the early 60’s. Domano was a word coined by Bishop O’Grady from Domine Mano Nobiscum which means O Lord Remain with us. This became Bishop O’Grady’smotto.
With the influx of volunteers – Frontier Apostles who came at the request of Bishop O’Grady to serve as teachers in the schools, nurses, carpenters, bus drivers, etc. The community grew. Sunday Mass was celebrated in Domano chapel by Bishop O’Grady, Fr. Clenaghan and many other priests. It was known as Domano Parish. As the congregation grew a hall was built to accommodate the developing numbers. In the 70’s Fr. Jim Glendon was Pastor of Domano Parish.
The construction of the Church of the Immaculate Conception was a vision that the late Bishop Fergus O’Grady, O.M.I. had for this expanding area of the city. Bishop O’Grady chose the site and in 1976 building commenced of the Church and Hall sections of the proposed building plan. Fr. Glendon completed this task with the help of the Matte Bros., McIntoshs, Fullers and many others. When the Church was completed Bishop O’Grady named the parish The Church of the Immaculate Conception and consecrated it on June 26, 1977.
As Bishop O’Grady predicted, the surrounding area began to develop with new residences being built in the area, thus we have Tony Road, Parent Road, Henry Road, etc.
Fr. Forde became the new Pastor in 1979. Bishop O’Grady asked Fr. Forde to build a school. Again our founding families and many others contributed to the building of the school – Immaculate Conception School which opened in 1981.
On the wall in the Church corridor are pictures of past pastors at Immaculate Conception Church.
Our past Pastor, Fr. Tom Shymko was assigned to our Parish in January, 2007.
The parish owes a great debt of gratitude to those original families who today continue to support all parish
endeavours. To them “Deo Gratias” - Thanks be to God.