St. John's College, University of Manitoba
St John's College is a small Anglican
Anglicanism is a tradition within Christianity comprising churches with historical connections to the Church of England or similar beliefs, worship and church structures. The word Anglican originates in ecclesia anglicana, a medieval Latin phrase dating to at least 1246 that means the English...

 college located on the University of Manitoba
University of Manitoba
The University of Manitoba , in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is the largest university in the province of Manitoba. It is Manitoba's most comprehensive and only research-intensive post-secondary educational institution. It was founded in 1877, making it Western Canada’s first university. It placed...

 campus in Winnipeg, Canada
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. It is home to the Institute for Anglican Ministry, a ministry of the Diocese of Rupert's Land that seeks to train Anglican lay people.


The first Anglican clergyman in the Northwest interior of Canada was Reverend John West
John West
The Rev. John West emigrated from England to Van Diemen's Land in 1838 as a Colonial missionary, and became pastor of an Independent Chapel in Launceston's St. John's Square in 1839. His contribution to Launceston and Australian life was great and varied promoting private and charitable...

 who, in 1820, established the first Anglican school in the Red River Colony
Red River Colony
The Red River Colony was a colonization project set up by Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk in 1811 on of land granted to him by the Hudson's Bay Company under what is referred to as the Selkirk Concession. The colony along the Red River of the North was never very successful...

. The growth of the Red River Colony led to the creation of the Diocese of Rupert's Land in 1849. The first bishop of the diocese was David Anderson
David Anderson (bishop)
David Anderson was a Church of England priest and bishop.Born in London, England, Anderson was educated at University of Edinburgh and Exeter College, Oxford. He was the vice-principal of St. Bees College, Cumberland and an incumbent of All Saints', Derby...

. When he arrived at Red River he established the first school to bear the name "St John's". For the school and the proposed theological college that would grow from it Anderson chose the motto which remains the College motto, "In Thy light we shall see light" (Psalm 36, verse 9). The new school provided both academic and missionary instruction to the people of the settlement and of the North. By 1859, declining enrollment and a lack of qualified teachers forced the Bishop to close the school.

Robert Machray
Robert Machray
Robert Machray was a Church of England clergyman and missionary and the first Primate of the Church of England in Canada.-Life:...

 became the Bishop of Rupert's Land in 1865 and arrived in the Red River Settlement later that same year. He recognized the need for an Anglican college and set about finding the necessary funds to re-open St John's. The buildings from Bishop Anderson's school were renovated and others acquired to house the boarders and faculty of the new school. The Reverend John Mclean came from London, Ontario
London, Ontario
London is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, situated along the Quebec City – Windsor Corridor. The city has a population of 352,395, and the metropolitan area has a population of 457,720, according to the 2006 Canadian census; the metro population in 2009 was estimated at 489,274. The city...

 to become the College's first warden. When the school was re-opened on All Saints Day
All Saints
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, 1866 it had nineteen boys attending as either boarders or day students and three students enrolled in theology courses.

St John's College, established in Manitoba has a strong Anglican religious affiliation.
Bishop Robert Machray
Robert Machray
Robert Machray was a Church of England clergyman and missionary and the first Primate of the Church of England in Canada.-Life:...

 officially opened the College on 1 November 1866.

Consolidation was a way to strengthen this small and financially insecure institution.
The University Of Manitoba was established in 1877 by combining 3 existing church colleges St-Boniface Roman Catholic; St. Boniface College
Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface
The Université de Saint-Boniface, or USB, is a university college affiliated with the University of Manitoba and located in the Saint Boniface district of Winnipeg, Manitoba , Canada....

St John's Anglican and Manitoba College
Manitoba College
Manitoba College was a college that existed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from 1871 to 1967, when it became one of the University of Winnipeg's founding colleges. It was one of the first institutions of higher learning in the city of Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba...


In the early part of this century, professional education expanded beyond the traditional fields of theology, law and medicine. Graduate training based on the German- inspired American model of specialized course work and the completion of a research thesis was introduced.
The policy of university education initiated in the 1960s responded to population pressure and the belief that higher education was a key to social justice and economic productivity for individuals and for society.
The College is the oldest Anglophone institution of higher learning in Western Canada. The College has maintained its strong connection to the Anglican Church.

The Institute for stained glass in Canada has documented the stained glass at the College.

St. John’s College's Arms were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority
Canadian Heraldic Authority
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 on October 15, 2006.


It has its own residence for student
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s attending the University of Manitoba, which has a membership of 100 students.


  • Dr. John M (Jack) Bumsted 'The University of Manitoba: An Illustrated History (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press © 2001)'
  • Dr. John M. (Jack) Bumsted 'St John's College: Faith and Education in Western Canada' (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2006).
  • W. J. Frazer "A History of St. John's College, Winnipeg." M.A. thesis, University of Manitoba, 1966.
  • Laurence Wilmot 'The St John's College Story: A Documentary' (Winnipeg: St John's College Press, 2002).

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