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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Baran (1928-2004)

Cleric, historian.

Born at Koncoe in Transcarpathian Ukraine on 28 March 1928, he studied at universities in Prague and Rome. He attained two doctoral degrees and was ordained a priest in 1954. He came to Winnipeg in 1961 and, in 1964, became Chaplin of Obnova, the Ukrainian Catholic Students Organization at the University of Manitoba. He was the Pastor at St. Josaphat the Martyr Ukrainian Catholic Church (1964-1965) then, in 1966, he became a professor of history at the University of Manitoba and taught history, religion and Byzantine art until retirement in 1991. He published many scholarly works, was President of the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in Canada for ten years, was a full member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society, and served as Vice-President of the Ukrainian Historical Society. In 2004, he was granted the “Papal Honour of Chaplain to His Holiness” by Pope John Paul II and was made Msgr. the Reverend Dr. Alexander Baran in recognition of his distinguished services and dedication to the mission of the Church and to the Archeparchy of Winnipeg. He died at Winnipeg on 12 October 2004.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 2004.

“They will live on in memory” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2004, page B4.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 3 September 2018

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