News – Extension Department

Events and updates from the world of the St. Francis Xavier University Extension Department.

NEW DATE – Webinar Dec. 4: “After Monsignor Coady: The StFX Extension Department, 1953-2000”

The webinar was cancelled November 29th due to weather and power outages.
It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 4, 2018, from 7 to 8:30pm.

You can join the online event using the webinar link below.


Upcoming Free Webinar:

“After Monsignor Coady: The StFX Extension Department, 1953-2000”

Thursday, November 29, 2018
7:00pm-8:30pm AST (Nova Scotia time)
Online via Blackboard Collaborate (iOS and android apps available)
Webinar link:

Peter Ludlow, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Catholic Studies, St. Francis Xavier University

While many have heard of the work of the celebrated Monsignor Moses M. Coady and the St. Francis Xavier University Extension Department, which became known globally as the Antigonish Movement, what happened to the Extension Department after Coady’s retirement in 1952?

Join Dr. Peter Ludlow as he explores the people, projects, and challenges of the fabled Extension
Department from 1953 until 2000.

An expert on the Antigonish Movement, Dr. Peter Ludlow is an adjunct professor of Catholic Studies at St. Francis Xavier University and president of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association. His first book, The Canny Scot: Archbishop James Morrison of Antigonish was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2015. He has recently completed a history of the StFX Extension Department, entitled Confronting History: The StFX Extension Department 1960–2018.

Presented by Coady Connects Webinars.
See the Facebook Event HERE.

Join the Social Innovation Lab Nov. 3rd in celebration of the 90th Anniversary of StFX Extension

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Antigonish Movement and the 90th Anniversary of St. Francis Xavier University’s Extension Department, please join us for a Social Innovation Lab: The Future of Our Collective Work.

The future is changing. Are you ready for it?

Social Innovation Labs are designed to be part of an ongoing process—to create space for diverse stakeholders to come together in order to share knowledge, re-define complex challenges, identify opportunities and co-develop and experiment with a range of creative solutions.

On November 3rd, we will lay the foundations for exploring the Future of Our Collective Work, in order to best support Nova Scotians in their desires to lead exceptional lives. We all play a part in our province’s growth and success, and it will be through our collective, collaborative efforts—with each other and others in our communities—that we will be able to shape a future that truly works for all.

Together, we will begin the multi-session process by sharing and celebrating the work happening across our province, reflecting on current work to identify assets and strengths, exploring opportunities for growth and development, and mapping partners and relationships that are crucial to develop as we continue our journey through subsequent social innovation labs.

We welcome you to approach the day with curiosity—bring questions and insights with you. We all have unique experiences that, together, will help us to foster a more resilient, effective and inclusive workforce.

We have the ability, skill, and knowledge within the province to help our communities effectively adapt to current and future changes in work. Come share your knowledge, learn from the success of others, and develop creative solutions to empower communities to co-create a future that works for all of us.

This event is FREE, but you must REGISTER in advance!

Sat, November 3, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Markin Global Complex, Saint Francis Xavier University
4760 Tompkins Lane
Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G2W5

See Tompkinsville Nov. 2nd in celebration of StFX Extension’s 90th Anniversary

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Antigonish Movement and the 90th Anniversary of the StFX Extension Department, we are excited to present a one-night only stage production of Tompkinsville. Created by Lindsay Kyte and coming out of retirement for this special celebration, see the production named in 2016 as one of the best plays in Nova Scotia!

Tompkinsville is based on the real-life story of Father Jimmy Tompkins’ shining the light of education into lives engulfed by socio-economic struggle. He began a library in the vestibule of the rectory, preaching the value of education during Sunday sermons and buttonholing people on the street to borrow his books. Soon all of Reserve Mines was reading. When the mines were operating only two days a week and miners’ wives were skimping to make ends meet, Tompkins ordered a slew of agricultural books for his library.

From the words on the page to hands on the plough, soon seventy-five families had a community garden of ninety acres and a cooperative brooder for chickens. The “University of Reserve Mines” had begun. With money such a concern, Tompkins brought in books about credit unions. Soon Reserve Mines had a flourishing credit union of its own, the first credit union in English Canada.

To learn more about the play, please visit Tompkinsville.

IMPORTANT: Tompkinsville contains some language that is not suitable for younger audiences.

Friday, November 2 | 8pm (Doors open at 7:15pm)
Dennis Hall, Markin Global Complex
Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University

$20 each + HST
See Tickets & Registration for more information.

Are you a community member or organization in need of a sponsored (no-cost)
Tompkinsville ticket
and/or transportation support for the event?
If so, please contact Marie Kopf of the StFX Extension Department: ~OR~ 902-867-2207.