Construction of this Ukrainian Catholic church in the Rural Municipality of Springfield began in 1930, designed by priest-architect Philip Ruh, and it was consecreated 22 years later. Reverend Ruh worked alongside his congregation in building the largest of his remaining creations in Manitoba. He also supervised construction of the adjacent Grotto, a representation in concrete of the Grotto at Lourdes, France. Ruh died before its completion and is buried in a nearby cemetery. The church, a nationally and provincially designated historic site, was renovated as part of the Manitoba Prairie Churches Project.
Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (no date) by Henry Kalen
Source: Archives of Manitoba (MHS 1979 Photo Exhibit)
Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (March 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (July 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina
Interior of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (September 2015)
Source: George Penner
Grotto at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (July 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina
Immaculate Conception Cemetery (October 2010)
Source: Peter McLure
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.00392, W96.77323
denoted by symbol on the map above
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Prairie Churches Project / Manitoba Prairie Icons Project
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pine Ridge Cemetery (Birds Hill Provincial Park, RM of Springfield)
Memorable Manitobans: Philip Ruh (1883-1962)
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.
Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception Cooks Creek, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.
Immaculate Conception Cook’s Creek Cemetery, Waymarking.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Rose Kuzina, Peter McLure, and George Penner.
Page revised: 15 September 2019
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