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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Holy Ghost Polish Catholic Church Plaque (341 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg)

The first Polish Catholic parish in Manitoba was founded here, at 341 Selkirk Avenue, by Archbishop Adelard Langevin in 1898 to serve Poles, Ukrainians, Germans, and Slovaks residing in Winnipeg’s North End. The parish was established when two Polish priests, Fathers John and Albert Kulawy of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate religious order, arrived in Winnipeg.

A wood frame Gothic Revival church was built on this site during 1899-1900. It was veneered in brick in 1901 and doubled in size with the addition of transepts, a sanctuary, and a sacristy in 1905-06. The parish became the focal point of Polish culture in Manitoba following the construction of the first Polish school in Canada in 1902 and a rectory in 1903. It served as the base for Oblate missionary activity in Polish communities across Western Canada.

A new school was opened in 1958. The church and rectory were demolished in 1986 to make way for the present church. In 1989, a plaque was erected in front of the church by the Manitoba Heritage Council.

Holy Ghost Polish Catholic Church

Holy Ghost Polish Catholic Church Plaque (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Location (lat/long): N49.91360, W97.13825
denoted by symbol on the map above

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Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 August 2013

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