Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 120

Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian United Church
SE 29-23-27 WPM
Inglis area

Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian United Church

Designation Date: February 14, 1995
Designation Authority: Shellmouth-Boulton (R.M.)
Present Owner: privately owned

Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian United Church is a rare example of a United church established to serve a Ukrainian immigrant congregation. Although built for a population only a few decades removed from a homeland where the Orthodox and Catholic faiths prevailed, this church is stubbornly Protestant in its exterior form, modest Gothic Revival appointments and well-preserved interior. It is a tribute to Kozma Bezan, a leader in the Hudson district of western Manitoba who arrived from the Ukraine in 1906. After attending Ukrainian-language Presbyterian services for several years, often in homes or in a nearby Lutheran church, he donated the land and led volunteers in the construction of their own house of worship. The sturdy building, now maintained by Bezan’s grandson and used for annual gatherings, is a reminder of the complexities of the prairie cultural mosaic.

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