There she is …

There she is ...

… The subject of many a discussion and many a newscast during the past week here in Alberta Canada. This Ukrainian Catholic Church is destined for destruction is the not too distant future due to a crumbling foundation. I saw it first hand and agree some remediation is in order. Are the funds available? Certainly not in the coffers of the church. If the folks who are crying out for its salvation put their money where their mouth is … there may be a chance.

Once a bustling Ukrainian Catholic Parish, Spaca Moskalyk is slated for destruction this winter. I was fortunate enough to join a group of photographers and take some final photos of this beauty. Many thanks to Bill for opening up the church and allowing us access. A trip to the basement and noting the crumbling foundation and support for this beauty makes it apparent why it must come down despite its historic resource status.

Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church (Spas Moskalyk)
This church is often referred to as “Moskalyk’s”, after the pioneering family whose quarter section was subdivided to create a churchyard. The Basilian Fathers provided pastoral care in the district, with the founder of the mission, Fr. Platonid Filas (1864–1930), travelling back and forth from the Order’s early mission to hold services in people’s homes. The settlers soon decided a proper place of worship was needed and erected a small chapel in 1904. This burned to the ground in 1924 while the present church was being built. This second sanctuary, constructed in the shape of a cross, with one large dome in the middle and one smaller dome on each side of the facade, was officially blessed in 1926. A wooden belfry was put up in 1938, and the mission cross beside the church was erected in 1964. The interior of this sanctuary, which now holds only one major service at the end of May each year, is maintained in its original condition. The “Spas” church, as it is also known, was registered as an official historic resource in 1994.

Here is a link to my dear friend Jim Henry on the CTV News discussing the fate of the church from the perspective of a group of photographers. Yes I am on of the 19 and that group is growing.

Explored #383 … Thank you everyone!

Posted by *Brightburn* on 2013-02-24 03:02:35

Tagged: , Mundare , Alberta , Canada , Brightburn , Alison Poole Photography , Alison Poole , Spas Moskalyk , Spaca Moskalyk , Ukrainian Catholic Parish , abandoned , news , destruction , controversy , EXPLORED , a b/w for Martin :^)

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