Long lines of mourners gather to pray and bid farewell to Archbishop MacNeil
Pews were filled with the Catholic faithful and the front of St. Joseph’s Basilica with his brother priests and bishops as mourners began two days of prayer and services for Archbishop Joseph MacNeil this week.
The beloved Archbishop Emeritus of Edmonton died at on Feb. 11 after suffering a stroke. He was 93. MacNeil led the Archdiocese of Edmonton for 26 years, and the people he had served came to honour him in return. His body lay in state at the basilica for a full day of public viewing until the funeral Mass on Feb. 16.
Born in Sydney, N.S., MacNeil studied at