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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church (Elphinstone, RM of Yellowhead)

This Ukrainian Catholic church in Elphinstone in the Rural Municipality of Yellowhead was built in 1948 to replace an earlier structure, a renovated one-room schoolhouse that had stood on the site, purchased by the congregation in 1916. The church patron icon was painted on the centre panel in 1952 by Theodore Baran.

Among the clerics who served at the church were Rev. A. Delaere, Rev. Nawkraty Kryzanowski, Rev. Nestor Drohomyrecki, Rev. Peter Kamenecky, Rev. Peter Oleskiw, Rev. Michael Hryhorichuk (1934-1948), Rev. Andrew Zayac (1948-1951), Rev. Volodymyr Olach (1951-1963), Rev. Gregory Oliynek (1963-1965), and Rev. Stephen Kulak (1965-?).

Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church

Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church (May 2015)
Source: George Penner

Interior of Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church

Interior of Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church (October 2017)
Source: George Penner

Former one-room schoolhouse that served as the first church

Former one-room schoolhouse that served as the first church (August 2020)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.53092, W100.32379
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Ukrainian Catholic Churches of Winnipeg Archeparchy by Anna Maria Kowcz-Baran, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1991.

This page was prepared by George Penner, Gordon Goldsborough, and Rose Kuzina.

Page revised: 27 August 2021

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