Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 44

St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church
SW 36-19-23W

St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church
Designation Date: April 11, 1990
Designation Authority: Rossburn (R.M.)
Present Owner: Church Board of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church

St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, one of the first of its type built to serve the growing Ukrainian settlement around Olha, is an excellent example of a substantial, early twentieth-century rural church that blends Ukrainian and Western European architectural influences. The building’s distinctive cruciform shape, twin-towered front, high central dome, Gothic windows and elaborate interior iconography, hand-painted by Jacob Maydanyk, demonstrate the priority settlers placed on overcoming pioneer-era challenges to maintain their religious traditions. These attributes also are in keeping with a facility that for a period was the seat and central church of its pastoral district and, as such, an influential religious and cultural centre. Situated on a tranquil site next to the farmland that first drew Ukrainian immigrants to the area, the well-preserved structure, along with a bell tower and cemetery, continue to be cherished links to the homeland, as well as to the pioneers who settled here.