Who is our Namesake?
Rt. Rev. John Thomas Kidd D.D. was born in Athloe, Ontario in 1868. He did his studies at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. After several years in business while managing a large number of lumber firms, he went to Rome where he earned his doctorate in theology. On February 16, 1902, he was ordained to the Diocese of Toronto. Upon his return to Canada, he was appointed as an assistant and then a pastor at St. Ann’s in Penetanquishene. Bishop Kidd was made a Domestic Prelate in 1914, appointed as Calgary’s second Bishop on February 6, 1925 and later consecrated in Toronto’s St. Michael’s Cathedral on May 6, 1925. When Bishop Kidd came to Calgary, there were only 29 resident pastors and when he left, there were 49.
Bishop Kidd was sympathetic to Francophones and even learned French so that he could say the Mass in French to his parishioners. He established Ste. Famille Church in Calgary for French-speaking Calgarians. Bishop Kidd developed a Catechism (a handbook of questions and answers for teaching the principles of a religion) for rural children. Every second Sunday he had an hour-long radio broadcast. During this airtime, he would either celebrate the Mass or teach Catholic children. Bishop Kidd passed away on June 2, 1950. At the time of his death, a count of 35 new churches or chapels and 4 separate schools had been built in Calgary.