Saskatchewan Western Development Museum Reportage

The Holy Trinity Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church (artifact ID WDM-1973-NB-13900) at the WDM North Battleford dates to as early as 1909, when early Ukrainian settlers to the Hafford area of Saskatchewan pulled logs from Little Shell Lake to build the foundation of the church. Organized by Wasyl Pysklivets, this group worked through the winter of 1909-10 to construct the church. By Fall 1910, the church was completed, and the first Holy Divine Liturgy was celebrated. However, the interior of the church was not completed until 1917.

The building of a Ukrainian church was a community effort. The land for the church was donated by Wasyl Pysklivets and Dmytro Smetanuik. The primary carpenters who worked on the church were the Kutziks, a father-son duo. The logs were trimmed by Mike Bezmutko and Mike Kotelko, and the dome was built by John Gabrysh. The cross was made by Michael Lazarowich. The first bell for the church was donated by Mrs. Parasky Lazarowich in 1912 after the death of her husband, Nykola.

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Statement in the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly

Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Lisa Lambert, MLA for Saskatoon Churchill-Wildwood
Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada. Mr. Speaker, Saskatoon was the birthplace of this church in July of 1918. And it was an honour to attend and bring greetings to an anniversary celebration in Saskatoon, as well as reflect on the Ukrainian population here in Saskatchewan.
More than 136,000 Saskatchewan people trace all or part of their ancestry to Ukraine. In fact the first wave of Ukrainian immigration to this part of our world actually predates our province. This is a strong reminder of our earliest days in which newcomers arrived here in search of a better life.
Mr. Speaker, the individuals who chose Saskatchewan as their new home worked hard, sacrificed, and could count on their neighbours in times of need. That is what our province is known for. Even today Ukraine remains one of the top sources of immigration to this province.
Mr. Speaker, for 100 years the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has been a constant, enduring symbol of gratitude and service. In attendance was His Eminence, Metropolitan Yurij, as well as Reverend Fr. Taras Udod, and I thank them for their service to the church. I’d also like to thank the organizers of the anniversary gala banquet and concert for the enjoyable evening.
Mr. Speaker, I now ask that all members please join me in congratulating the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada on 100 years. Thank you.”

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Media Advisory – July 18, 2018

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You’re Invited. Please come!

PURPOSE: To officially launch the 100th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (UOCC)– the “Centenary”. To witness the installation and gilding of a large icon at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Saskatoon – birth-place of the UOCC.

His Eminence, Most Reverend Metropolitan Yurij, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (UOCC), is pleased to announce the official commencement of Centenary Celebrations honouring the 100th Anniversary of the UOCC. This year-long celebration – from July 23, 2018 to July 31, 2019 – will pay tribute to those who formed the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church of Canada (UOCC’s forerunner), will recognize those who ensured its continuance, and will enthuse those who are currently in charge of its future.

DATE: Monday, July 23, 2018
TIME: 10:30a.m to 11:15a.m.
PLACE: Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (919 Avenue J South, Saskatoon)


  • His Eminence, Most Reverend Metropolitan Yurij, Chief Primate and Head of the UOCC
  • Gene Zwozdesky, Chair: National Jubilee Committee – UOCC
  • Very Reverend Archpriest Cornell Zubritsky, Co-Chair: Extra-Ordinary “Sobor” (Sobor basically means assembly of clergy and faithful)
  • Very Reverend Arch priest, Fr. Taras Makowsky, Dean of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Saskatoon
  • Vera Senchuk, World-renowned lconographer (who will be installing and gilding an icon in the Cathedral during the Media Conference)

Also available will be Very Reverend Archpriest Taras Udod, Chancellor of the UOCC, Fr. Taras Makowsky, Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, other priests, Lesia Skyba, National Centenary Communications Chair, and local UOCC faithful.

Ukrainian Canadians and UOCC Supporters – Please come to this important event!

Gene Zwozdesky
Chair – National Jubilee Committee-UOCC

Please RSVP to [email protected]