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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church

September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The cornerstone for the present location of the church was laid in September 1955, by Most Rev. Neil Savaryn OSBM, Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton. By December of that year, Divine Liturgies were being held in the completed basement of the church which then doubled as a church sanctuary and hall until the main storey could be completed. From its origins at the start of the 20th century, the parish was under the patronage of St. Stephen the Protomartyr. During the relocation to the present location the name of the parish changed. Because of the devotion that an Auschwitz survivor, the then-current pastor Fr. George Kowalsky had to the Virgin Mary, and in fulfillment of a vow he had made to Her and in gratitude, for being freed from the Nazi concentration camp he convinced the parishioners to place the church under the protection of the Mother of God. The name change was formalized in 1957.