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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Anthony Petchersky Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery / Brightstone Cemetery (RM of Lac du Bonnet)

A Ukrainian Catholic church building at this site in the Rural Municipality of Lac du Bonnet, designed by Father Hewki, was built in 1937 using donated materials and volunteers from the Ukrainian settlers of the Brightstone district. The first services were conducted by priests from Winnipeg. In 1960, a new parish was established in Lac du Bonnet and the building was moved there. After the church closed, the building was moved to an undisclosed site east of the Winnipeg River. An associated cemetery, referred to as Brightstone Cemetery, remains at the original location.

The former St. Anthony Petchersky Ukrainian Catholic Church after its move to an undisclosed site east of the Winnipeg River

The former St. Anthony Petchersky Ukrainian Catholic Church after its move to an undisclosed site east of the Winnipeg River (September 2015)
Source: George Penner

The former St. Anthony Petchersky Ukrainian Catholic Church after its move to an undisclosed site east of the Winnipeg River

The former St. Anthony Petchersky Ukrainian Catholic Church after its move to an undisclosed site east of the Winnipeg River (September 2019)
Source: Shirley McCullough

Brightstone Cemetery

Brightstone Cemetery (November 2018)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.28232, W96.20250
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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

A list of burials in this cemetery is available from the Manitoba Genealogical Society, including a searchable online database available to members at the MGS Manitoba Name Index (MANI). Some additional information is contained in the 1996 MGS publication Carved in Stone: Manitoba Cemeteries and Burial Sites, revised edition, Special Projects Publication, 106 pages.

“Lac du Bonnet - St. Anthony Petchersky - Ukrainian Catholic - 1937,” by Tyrrell Mendis, Senior Scope, 10 November to 9 December 2019.

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

Page revised: 9 October 2021

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