Colin Francis MacKinnon

Colin Francis MacKinnon ( born July 20, 1810 in William 's Point, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada, † September 26, 1879 ) was Roman Catholic bishop of Antigonish in Nova Scotia, Canada.


Colin Francis MacKinnon came from a Scottish immigrant family from Eigg, Inner Hebrides, who came to the USA in 1791 to Nova Scotia. MacKinnon studied and received his doctorate of theology and philosophy in Rome, where he Giacomo Filippo Cardinal Fransoni ordained a priest by the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and on 4 June 1837. He was then pastor at St Andrews, Sydney County, Nova Scotia.

In 1851 he was by Pope Pius IX. Bishop of the Diocese of Arichat ( from 1886: Diocese of Antigonish ) ordered. He received his episcopal consecration on 27 February 1852 in the " St. Mary's Cathedral " in Halifax, the Archbishop of Halifax William Walsh; this was the first episcopal ordination, which took place in Halifax.

MacKinnon founded 1853 Saint Francis Xavier University, first as a seminary.

With his resignation in 1877 he was replaced by Pope Pius IX. appointed Titular Archbishop of Amida.