Grotto Church of the Immaculate Conception - Cooks Creek MB
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria
N 50° 00.237 W 096° 46.392
14U E 659568 N 5541445
Quick Description: This Catholic Church is on Cooks Creek Road (Hwy 212), 1 miles south of Cooks Creek, Manitoba.
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date Posted: 8/2/2014 10:06:57 AM
Waymark Code: WMM702
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
~ English text from the Canadian National Historic Site plaque ~
Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception
Executed between 1930 and 1952, this building is one of the most ambitious accomplishments of Msgr. Philip Ruh, O.M.I. A prolific and imaginative builder of Ukrainian Catholic churches in Canada, he was closely associated with the church until his death in 1962. Known as a "Prairie Cathedral," this multi-domed features dramatic exterior and interior painted surfaces. Rising out of the flat prairie, its silhouette evokes the great Byzantine churches of Ukraine.
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

~ English text from a Manitoba Heritage Council marker ~
Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception

Construction of this church began in 1930. The exterior painting and elaborate interior decoration, mainly by local amateur artists, began in 1938 when the structure was complete. The work was well advanced in 1952 when the church was consecrated. The design is the work of the Very Reverend Philip Ruh, O.M.I. (1883-1962). He was responsible for planning at least 30 Ukrainian Catholic churches in Canada, 13 of which survive in Manitoba. Reverend Ruh worked alongside his congregation at Cook's Crook in building this church, the largest of his remaining creations in Manitoba.

Reverend Ruh also oversaw construction of the adjoining Grotto, a representation in concrete of the Grotto at Lourdes, France. He died before its completion and is buried in the nearby cemetery.
~ Manitoba Heritage Council ~ 1987 ~

Check out these great photos by Ken Yuel Photography. (visit link)
Type of Church: Church

Status of Building: Actively in use for worship

Date of building construction: 1/1/1930

Dominant Architectural Style: Byzantine

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Adjoining Grotto (a representation in concrete of the Grotto at Lourdes)

Archdiocese: Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface

Diocese: Saint-Boniface

68003 Cooks Creek Road
Cooks Creek, MB Canada

Relvant Web Site: [Web Link]

Date of organization: Not listed

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