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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and Cemetery (Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton)

This Roman Catholic church near Balaton Beach in the Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton was built in 1931 by Hungarian immigrants to this region. It operated as a mission of the Jesuit fathers until 1956 when it became a mission of the St. Philip Neri Parish at Arborg.

Known locally as “The Little Red Church,” it became “The Little Blue Church” in 1998 as a result of renovations. It is used intermittently for religious services.

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church (May 2021)
Source: Christine Loff

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church (May 2021)
Source: Christine Loff

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery (September 2019)
Source: Christine Loff

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Cemetery (May 2021)
Source: Christine Loff

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.94958, W96.99439
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and Cemetery (Shorncliffe, Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church (Gislason Drive, Arborg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Petracek Monument (Shorncliffe, Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton)

Sources:

Hnausa Reflections: A History of the Breidavik District, 1876-2004 by Hnausa History Book Committee, 2004, page 58-59.

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.

This page was prepared by Christine Loff, Tim Worth, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 May 2021

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