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The first official representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Canada took place on July 18, 1897, at Wostok, Alberta, 50 miles north-east of Edmonton. The new farming settlement of Slavic immigrants from the provinces of Galicia and Bukovina in Central Europe in the Austro-Hungerian Empire began settling on farming homesteads in the year 1892. Settlement in the Wostok area continued rapidly.
In 1897 several new arrivals, headed by Theodore Nemirsky, communicated by letter to Bishop Nicholas of the Russian Orthodox Church Mission in San Francisco, USA, with a request to send a priest to Wostok to conduct religious services. Bishop Nicholas responded to the request by sending two clergy - Reverend Dimitri Kamnev and Deacon Vladimir Alexandrov. They traveled 1200 miles by train from Seattle to Vancouver to Calgary to Edmonton, and finally, the last 50 miles by horse-drawn wagon to Wostok, through bush wilderness and winding trail to the Nemirsky homestead. Two days after the arrival, the two missionaries celebrated, under the open sky, the first Orthodox Holy Divine Liturgy on July 18, 1897, on the homestead farmyard of Theodore Nemirsky. It was attended by over 300 Orthodox Christians who came from the surrounding area by horse-drawn wagons, by horseback, and by foot from up to 20 miles in distance.
Continuing from 1900, for the next two decades, many new settlers arrived in Canada. They worked hard to build their homes, to develop the farm land and to provide the material needs for every-day living. However, they missed a very important need in their personal life...the opportunity of communal association for religious services and worship as they were accustomed to in their old country village churches.
Very soon, many churches were built and new parishes were established to accommodate the many faithful believers who wished to have a church for worship. Within the next decade, many Byzantine-style churches dotted the prairies of Western Canada. In 1901, Bishop Tikhon, head of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Aleutian Islands and North America, visited Canada, and on September 8, 1901 consecrated the first newly built church at Wostok, Alberta, dedicated to the glory of the Holy Lifegiving Trinity. Missionary priests came from the mother Russian Orthodox Church to celebrate the services required.
Today, after more then 100 years have passed, the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Canada, headed by His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Kashira, continue to serve and lead the Orthodox Christians in the jurisdiction of Moscow Patriarchate.
In rememberance of the first Orthodox Liturgy served on Canadian soil, thankful parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church built a Memorial Cross located on the original site of the Theodore Nemirsky homestead. This monument is located at Wostok, 50 miles northeast of Edmonton.
Bishop of Kashira Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Canada
Address: Office Of The Patriarchal Parishes In Canada
Edmonton, Alberta, T5H 3A6
Phone: (780) 420-9945
Fax: (780) 426-5163
Address: 47 Windstone Close, Bedford, Nova Scotia, B4A 4L4
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