Roman Catholic Bishop, Edmund Burke (Bourke, 1753 – 1820) died. He was born in the Republic of Ireland, became an Roman Catholic priest, educator, and author. Came to America in 1795, and to Upper Canada a year later. He arrived in Nova Scotia as Vicar General in May 1801 (when Catholics were still under the jurisdiction of Quebec). By 1817, he facilitated Nova Scotia to become its own diocese separate from Quebec under the control of Rome, becoming the Vicar Apostolic on July 5, 1818. Helped establish the Trappist Monastery near Tracadie and laid the cornerstone for the building of a new cathedral, St. Mary’s in Halifax, on May 24th, 1820. The number of Roman Catholics in Halifax at that time numbered approximately 2,000.