Henry Budd 22 December 2016


PRIEST, 1875

Henry Budd
Henry Budd
(courtesy Project Canterbury)

Henry Budd (~1812 – 2 April 1875) was the first native American ordained as an Anglican priest. He was born near Norway House in what is now Manitoba, and was orphaned as a child. He was then raised by an Anglican priest, the Rev. John West.

Henry proved bright and capable, and put in charge of a school. By 1840 he was asked to start a mission at Cumberland House, in what is now Saskatchewan. He soon moved to The Pas (today just across the border in Manitoba) and converted many of the native Cree to Christianity. He was eventually ordained on 22 Dec. 1850.

He remained in the area serving the people there until his death in 1875.

His journals and other resources are online thanks to Project Canterbury.


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