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UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH


After the early years of its existence, Lloydminster and District began to attract a significant number of people of Ukrainian origin.  A good portion of these were believers in the Orthodox (Byzantine) faith, followers of what was formerly known as the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church.

      In January of 1960, a small group of these faithful followers decided to arrange for regular church services in their community. In February of that year, the first Ukrainian liturgy was held in the basement of the Lloydminster Masonic Lodge, officiated by Rev. M. Kryschuk, a priest from Myrnam, Alberta.

    It was not until April of the same year that the next service was held, and that was followed by an organizational meeting at which an executive council was elected.  The first president was Mr. Ben Gulak.

    The All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Lloydminster was incorporated with the Alberta Registrar of companies on February 8, 1962, and it was on this date that property for the construction of a church building was purchased on 47th St. and 56A Ave.  With a congregation of approximately twenty members, construction began in the Fall of 1963.  The first mass was held on September 28, 1964, and six years later, when church construction and land costs were finally paid off, official dedication services were conducted on June 21, 1970, by Reverend Archbishop Andrew of Edmonton.

      The twenty to thirty families in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Lloydminster congregation are served by a priest from the Vegreville parish as part of the Vegreville District Council - receiving an average of fourteen services per year.  Much of the liturgy is now conducted in the English language, unlike the situation  in the ‘60’s.

     The year 1998 was a significant milestone in the history of the Ukrainian Church.  In that year, the Ukrainian Orthodox church celebrated the 1000th anniversary of the acceptance of Christianity by the people of the Ukraine.