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'A Great Feeling of Unity': Anglican hospitality for Orthodox Congregations in Manitoba.

One Sunday in July 1997, I attended the Sunday Eucharist in the Parish Church of St. Edward's, Cambridge, England. I discovered that a Greek Orthodox Parish held their services in the Church. The Anglicans were finishing their post-service tea while the Orthodox congregation was singing The Hours which preceded their Liturgy. This introduced me to the long tradition of friendship between Orthodox and Anglicans which, in this case, showed itself in the sharing of a Church building for the worship of both congregations. In this article, I shall examine five case studies of the sharing of Church buildings by Anglicans and Orthodox in Manitoba in two of which Orthodox parishes purchased Anglican buildings and in the other three Orthodox parishes held their services within Anglican buildings. This is part of the larger story of Anglican-Orthodox friendship which begins in England.

The City of York in England has among its historic buildings the Ancient Guild Hall of the Merchant Adventurers of the City of York. The Guild Hall displays a Russian Icon of the 16th or 17th centuries which shows the Theotokos and Her Son, a saintly bishop and another saint. (2) The presence of the Icon testifies to the relations between England and the Orthodox East in the 16th and 17th centuries. In those years, the Muscovy Company played an important role in cultivating relations between England and Russia. (3) This trading company established trade routes to Russia by way of the White Sea. Part of the English interest in Russia and the Orthodox East was trade, part of it was the search for the North East passage and part of it was an interest in a Christian Church that was older than Rome but not Roman Catholic. The English Church, emphatically not Roman as the result of the Reformation, was interested in other Christian Churches that shared the English distrust of Rome.

An interest in Orthodoxy continued to be an important part of English church life. (4) As an example of this, we might consider the Rev. William Palmer, a Deacon of the Church of England and a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, who travelled to Russia in 1842 and 1844. (5) He applied to the Russian Orthodox Church for permission to receive Communion in their services. Because of his standing as an Anglican and as a Deacon in the Church of England, his application had serious canonical problems and was never granted. His travels and his books did create bridges between England and Russia. He met the noted Russian theologian and philosopher, Alexis Stepanovich Khomiakoff, with whom he established a friendship. (6) Another Anglican who was interested in Orthodoxy was John Mason Neal (1818-1866) who translated Orthodox hymns into English and wrote The History of the Holy Eastern Church that introduced English church people to Orthodoxy. (7) Behind this is the figure of St. Theodore of Tarsus (circa 602-690 AD) who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 668 AD long before the schism in 1054 which divided East and West. (8) The Anglicans who were committed to cordial relations with Eastern Orthodoxy were often members of the "high church" party in the Church of England, a party composed of Tractarians, NonJurors and their friends. (9) One such Anglo-Catholic friend of Orthodoxy was Father William Turney SSJE, whom we will meet later in this essay. An Anglican interest in their Orthodox neighbours is a feature of Canadian Church life. This is often joined with a willingness to help them especially with buildings.

The migration of Ukrainians to Canada between 1881 and 1912 came from the provinces of Galicia and Bukovina in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. (10) The people from Galicia were Greek Catholics and the people from Bukovina were Orthodox. They were followed by refugees from the Russian Revolutions and the Russian Civil War after the First World War and then more refugees from Eastern Europe after the Second World War. These movements of people brought Orthodox Christians into contact with Anglicans and led to the sharing of buildings which is the theme of this essay. The communities of Orthodox Christians needed Churches for their worship. In some places they shared buildings with Anglican congregations until they were able to acquire buildings of their own. In many places they were able to build their own often with the help of funds from the Czar of Russia. (11) In some cases they were able to buy Churches from other Christian communities, often from Anglicans. (12) I am aware of many Orthodox Churches whose buildings were once Anglican Churches with examples in London, New York, Montreal and Toronto. (13) In New York City in Lower Manhattan, the Russian Orthodox parish purchased a redundant church of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the USA. (14) In London, the Russian Orthodox community, a parish of the Moscow Patriarchate, rented the redundant Anglican All Saints Church in Ennismore Gardens in 1956 and subsequently purchased the building in 1977. (15) They named their Church the Cathedral of the Dormition and All Saints and consecrated it on Sunday, 16 December 1956. The presiding Hierarch was Archbishop Nicholas, the Moscow Patriarchate's Exarch for Western Europe. They had previously shared St. Philip's Anglican Church with a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. (16) The Diocese of London had allowed them to use All Saints Church rent-free. The exterior of the Church must be preserved because it is a listed building but the interior has become very Orthodox in appearance. In Toronto the Russian Orthodox community purchased the redundant St. Cyprian's Anglican Church from the Diocese of Toronto in 1966 and renamed it Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Cathedral. They were a parish of the Moscow Patriarchate and had some knowledge of the Anglican Church since they had worshipped in "an Anglican chapel" in their early years. Their new church was consecrated as an Orthodox Church on 30 October 1966 by Metropolitan Irenaeus and Bishop Silvester. (17) It is an interesting experience to stand in this holy place during an Orthodox liturgy and to see the stained-glass windows which survive from the building's Anglican years. In Montreal, the Russian Orthodox Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul purchased the Anglican Church of St. Luke in 1924 in order to accommodate a congregation enlarged by refugees from post-revolution Russia and transformed it into an Orthodox Church. (18) This parish is a member of the Orthodox Church in America and in communion with the Moscow Patriarchate.

I am aware of five occasions when Orthodox services were held in Anglican Churches in Manitoba. (19) One was the Anglo-Catholic Parish Church of St. Michael & All Angels, Winnipeg, Manitoba, where the priest and people of Holy Resurrection Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia held their services in a room in the parish hall from 1950 to 1954 before they purchased their own church. At that time there was a good friendship between Anglicans and Orthodox which was encouraged by the Anglican priest, Fr. Turney, SSJE. We shall look at this friendship a little later in this article. The second instance is the Anglican Church of St. Philip in Winnipeg where the Orthodox Mission of the Theotokos of the Life-giving Spring holds their liturgies in the lower level of the Church. (20) The Mission belongs to the Archdiocese of Canada of the Orthodox Church in America. St. Philip's is not an Anglo-Catholic parish and hence an exception to the pattern of High Anglicans forming friendships with the Orthodox. The third example is that of St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Winnipeg, which "held its first liturgies in a nearby Anglican church" in 1924 and 1925.21 A fourth example is the Ukrainian Orthodox Parish of St. Michael, Sandy Lake, whose first Church was a former Anglican building which they rented before they purchased it as their first Church. The fifth example is St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Winnipeg which purchased St. Mark's Anglican Mission church, renovated it and made it their parish church.

St. Michael's Ukrainian Greek-Orthodox Church

The Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Sandy Lake, Manitoba, was organised in 1924. As they did not have their own church, in 1927 they rented an Anglican church that they purchased in 1933 and refurbished according to their traditions. Unfortunately the building burned down on 23 January 1944. (22) Peter J. Koltusky's book has a photograph of the former Anglican Church after it had been refurbished and a second picture which shows the church on fire. (23) The parish subsequently built a new church which still stands. There is, however, a problem. While the people of the parish and the three sources all agree that their first church building was a former Anglican church, I have found no evidence of that in the Anglican archives which I have consulted. (24) Further, the admittedly brief history of Sandy Lake in the district history does not mention an Anglican church. It does mention a Presbyterian building and a Protestant building which was used as a school. The Protestant building may be the Anglican Church but this needs further supporting evidence. (25) In this case, the transfer of a building from one group to another is not necessarily evidence of friendship between the two groups. It is rather evidence of a commercial transaction. The Anglo-Saxon population which was leaving the district left behind an unused building. (26) The Ukrainians who needed a building purchased it for their worship.

St. Mark's Anglican Mission & St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Heritage Church

In 1918, a group of Ukrainian Orthodox people who were formerly members of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral purchased an unused Anglican Church building which became their parish church. They paid $1,800.00 for the building. St. Michael's Church is believed to be the first Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Winnipeg. While it seems to have been a commercial transaction, that is, one group had a church to sell and the other group wished to buy a church, it is possible that a sympathy for the Ukrainian Orthodox and a willingness to support them as they established a parish motivated the authorities of the Anglican Diocese of Rupert's Land to sell them the building. As yet I have found no evidence to support this suggestion.

St. Mark's Mission had a short but interesting history. I shall tell that story first and then go on to the history of St. Michael's Parish. St. Mark's mission was founded by Christ Church Parish, Winnipeg, which had assumed as a consequence of their church's proximity to the CPR Station on Higgins Street a ministry to immigrants and to the residents of what is now described as the inner city of Winnipeg. The Rev. Canon Edwyn S. W. Pentreath describes the mission's beginnings in these words:

   The origin of this mission was in the effort of the
   Men's Guild of Christ Church in 1887. A small
   shanty on Gomez Street was rented and a Sunday
   School started. The mission was opened on
   Sunday March 6th 1887, the Reverend George S.
   W. Pentreath, Rector of the Parish giving the first
   address. The Services and the Sunday School were
   kept up for a time by the men of the Guild--later the
   Mission was placed in the charge of a committee of
   four under the direction of the Rector. (27)

The mission church was located first on Gomez (1887), then on Euclid (1890), then on Rachel (1892) and finally on Disraeli (1907). The building on Euclid was a former "(ware) room." This building was opened for public worship on Sunday, 20 April, 1890, with a service at 3 p.m. at which the Lord Bishop of the Diocese (the Right Reverend Robert Machray) preached the sermon. (28) Canon Pentreath also reports that the people of the Mission selected the name "St. Mark's Mission Chapel" at a meeting in April 1892. (29) Christ Church assumed the responsibility for the life and ministry of the mission and maintained the mission until 1917. At times the Mission had its own clergyman who is listed in the Synod Journals as a curate of Christ Church. When the Mission did not have its own clergyman, it depended upon the rector and clergy of Christ Church for ministry. St. Mark's Mission first appears in the lists of parish and clergy in the Synod Journals in 1893 when the Rev. W. Clarke BA, is described as curate in charge of St. Mark's Mission. Thereafter, St. Mark's Mission is listed in the Synod Journals as a mission of Christ Church until its closing in 1917. In these years the clergy of the Mission were the Rev. W. Clarke, the Rev. E. M. Skagen (1894), the Rev. R. G. Stevenson (1895-1898), the Rev. S. G. Chambers (1898), the Rev. H. H. St. G. Buttrum (1901), the Rev. W. H. Cassap (1905) and the Rev. F. S Lewis (1909-1911). The mission seems to have thrived at times. In 1905, the Rural Dean's report records, "St. Mark's, an offshoot of Christ Church, has enjoyed the services of the Rev. W. H. Cassap, and has had a satisfactory record of steady work done by both pastor and flock. Thirty-five families, many of them poor, have raised over $800." (30) In 1909, the Rural Dean's report records, "St. Mark's Mission is now connected with Christ Church and Mr. Lewis finds much to encourage him there." (31) In 1911, the Synod Journal reports that "the Mission of St. Mark's, since the departure of the Rev. S. F. Lewis, has been in the charge of Mr. C. Bristoll, of St John's College." (32)

The minute book of Christ Church Parish supplies a few additional facts about the mission. These entries show a satisfactory progress in the life of the Mission. In 1906, we read that "St. Mark's Mission is at present under the care of the Rev. A. J. Warwick, late missionary on the Peace River." (33) In 1907 we read that "St. Mark's Mission has been under the care of Mr. C. B. Runnals, student of St. John's College. During the past year the mission room has been removed to Disraeli Street, the whole building renovated and the electric light installed." (34) In 1908, we read that "St. Mark's Mission has shown much progress under the care and supervision of Mr. H. Cawley, student of St. John's College." (35) In 1909, we read that "With the help of Rev. F. S. Lewis, we are now able to work the mission of St. Mark's, in conjunction with the Parish Church. Much progress is seen in the work of the Mission, the services being well attended and the various guilds and societies showing gratifying results." (36) In 1910, we read that "St. Mark's Mission has shown progress under the care of Rev. F. S. Lewis. The congregations are good and the Sunday School is in an excellent condition. A new altar has recently been dedicated for use in the Mission; and a choir of boys (vested) will be inaugurated shortly." (37) After this date there are no more annual reports. In the light of these encouraging reports, it is hard to understand the closure of this mission. One may speculate that it was the result of a change in population from Anglo-Saxons to Ukrainians or it may be the result of "The War" with its shortages of men and resources. (38)

St. Mark's Mission ended in 1917. The Minute Book of Christ Church parish records the steps which led to its end. First, we read, "Motion That this Vestry endorses the action of the Rector in the conditional gift of the contents of St. Mark's Mission to St. Mark's Church at St. Vital." (39) This action suggests that services were no longer being held in the Mission. Then on 24 July 1918, a special meeting of the parishioners of Christ Church decided, "Motion That this meeting of parishioners of Christ Church, duly called for and held, accept the offer of eighteen hundred dollars ($1,800) cash for the property known as St. Mark's Mission and humbly request the Executive Committee of the Diocese of Rupert's Land to give consent to the sale." (40) The Executive Committee and the Archbishop gave their consent and the Synod Journal of the Diocese of Rupert's Land recorded the sale: "The Sale of St. Mark's Chapel and site, Winnipeg, for $1,800 cash, the proceeds to be held in trust by the Synod and the net income to be paid annually to the Parish of Christ Church." (41) These records do not state the purchaser of the building and property. (42)

I now turn to the history of St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Basil Rotoff, Roman Yereniuk and Stella Hryniuk's book, Monuments to Faith, contains a brief account of St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church. (43) After the Ukrainians purchased the building, they converted it into an Orthodox church which required the construction of "an iconostasis and a raised sanctuary area" and "the addition of a bell tower and the building of an onion dome over the porch," a transformation which "gave it a somewhat Lemko-like appearance." (44) The parish was served initially by 'Russian Orthodox missionaries' and joined the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church of Canada in 1932. Behind these few words lies a larger history of ecclesiastical discussions. Yereniuk and Hryniuk describe the Point Douglas district as having a large Ukrainian population which supports the conclusion that the Anglican mission failed when Anglo-Saxon people left the district. They say that "a great majority of the early parishioners were employees of the CPR, who applied their skills and used scrap materials to build the liturgical necessities of the church. For example, the royal doors were fashioned out of heavy-gauge sheet metal." (45) Recently, Cheryl Girard wrote an account of this parish church for the Winnipeg Free Press. (46) She describes the interior of the building and some of its treasures which include a bell donated by the CPR, a gospel "believed to have been brought from Ukraine by the early pioneers" and icons "written before 1918." (47) She introduces her readers to the parish priest, Father Oleh Krawchenko, whose family were refugees from Eastern Ukraine and who came to Canada after the Second World War. Father Oleh who came to Winnipeg in the 1950s describes the church as "a historical church, not a regular parish." (48)

St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church & Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church

These two parish churches, St. Michael and All Angels and Holy Resurrection, represent a different relationship between Anglican and Orthodox congregations. (49) The two relationships which we have studied above represent commercial relationships in which one parish purchased the building of another. There may not have been any friendship in these transactions. The sharing of buildings by the two denominations suggests friendship as well as commercial relations. The relationship of St Michael and All Angels and Holy Resurrection does represent a friendship of two congregations. It began in 1950 when the Orthodox parish first held their services in the Parish Hall of St. Michael's and continued after the Orthodox parish moved into their own church in 1954. Their first service was on 6 April 1950, the Eve of the Annunciation. In this history, Fr. Turney SSJE, the incumbent of St. Michael and All Angels, was the significant figure. He was a member of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, a monastic community of missionary priests whose Canadian mother house was in Bracebridge, Ontario. The SSJE was the first successful monastic community in the Church of England and a product of the Oxford Movement. Fr. Turney was, therefore, an Anglo-Catholic and a member of a group within the Anglican Church which had a particular interest in close relationships with both Roman Catholics and Orthodox. His parish was the pioneering Anglo-Catholic parish in the city of Winnipeg. In addition, he had, I think, a genuine affection for the priest and people of the Russian parish. At the time of the consecration of Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church, he was honoured by their Bishop, priest and people. Their parish history tells us the story:

   Consecration of the church, with the repose of
   relics of the Great Martyr Saint Barbara in the
   Holy of Holys "[sic]"(altar) was conducted by
   Archbishop of Canada Pantelaimon (Rudik) with
   Vladimir (Chekanovsky) and the residing priest
   Basil (Olishansky) serving. Father William Turney,
   parish priest of the Anglican church was presented
   with an icon of the Archangel Michael from the
   grateful parishioners of the newly created parish of
   the Holy Resurrection. He also received a certificate
   of thankfulness from the Synod of Bishops for his
   great help to the Russian Orthodox worshippers.
   That same icon of the Archangel Michael to this
   day hangs in a prominent place in the Anglican
   church. (50)

The Icon which is now attached to the door which leads from the Church into the sacristy remains as a witness to the friendship which developed between the two congregations and their priests. The Orthodox parish gave Fr. Turney the title of honorary guardian of their parish as another mark of their friendship. (51) In the words of the Gospel, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me." (52)

The history of Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox parish begins in the aftermath of the Second World War when refugees from Europe travelled to Canada and to Winnipeg. (53) The founders of the parish came from the Soviet Union with painful memories of their sufferings at the hands of an atheistic regime. At the time there was a Russian Orthodox parish in Winnipeg, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, which had been founded before the First World War and funded before 1917 by the Czar. Their founders were from Belorussia and the Ukraine and their church had been consecrated by Archbishop Tikhon who later became Patriarch of Moscow and a martyr of the Bolshevik regime. In the 1940s this parish was a part of the Russian Orthodox metropolia in North America and in communion with the Patriarchate of Moscow which was widely considered to be under the influence of the Soviet regime. The refugees of Holy Resurrection parish had experienced that regime and wished to escape from it. Accordingly they established their own parish and placed themselves under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia. This Orthodox jurisdiction had emerged in Western Europe among refugees fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution. Their leaders found themselves unable to accept the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate which, they thought, was too much under the influence of the Soviet regime. And that regime was persecuting the Church in the Soviet Union. (54) Holy Resurrection Parish's acceptance by the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia took place on 17 September 1950. Metropolitan Anastasy (Gribanovsky) became their chief hierarch.

The parish was now organised within an Orthodox jurisdiction and they had gained a friendly place to hold their Liturgies. Their next goal was to find a Church of their own. In 1954 this hope came true. They found a church at 732 Alfred Avenue, Winnipeg, which had belonged to a congregation of "Polish-Ukrainian Catholics who had not allied themselves with Rome." (55) They purchased the building in January 1954. The Church was consecrated in August 1954 by the Archbishop of Canada Pantelaimon (Rudik) and relics of the Great Martyr Saint Barbara were placed within the Altar. This building required some adaptation to the standards of an Orthodox church and of Orthodox worship. The most important of these was the provision of an Iconostasis and Icons for the Iconostasis and for the Church. A. Sauer, a parishioner, artist and Iconographer, directed the erection of the Iconostasis and painted the Icons of the first level of the Iconostasis and the Icon of the Crucifixion at the Table of Remembrance. Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York state, provided more Icons. Other Icons came from Jerusalem and Archbishop Joasaf donated "the parish feast day icon." The Koligin family donated a "very old icon (200 years old) of the Mother of God of Kazan brought from China." (56) The Iconostasis was completed before the Church was consecrated. In 1966 the appearance of the Church was changed by the replacement of the original bell tower and steeple with a gilded cupola. In 1963 and 1976 the Parish obtained sections of land in the Brookside municipal cemetery and established their own parochial cemetery.

Both parishes, St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Parish and Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Parish, continue to exist and to thrive. Their friendship continued for some years. When the memorial shrine for Fr. Turney in the Churchyard of St. Peter's Church at Dynevor, Manitoba was blessed in June 1964, the service was attended by Fr. Gibbons of St. Michael and All Angels, Winnipeg, Fr. White of St. Thomas Church, Weston, Winnipeg, Fr. Arthur Millward of St. John's Cathedral, Winnipeg, Fr. Gregory (Moizeivsky) of the Russian Orthodox Church and Fr. Malinowski of the Polish National Catholic Church. (57) In 1978, there was a serious fire in the sanctuary of St. Michael and All Angels and the people of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection sent a sympathy letter containing the following sentiments:

   They remember with deep affection their first
   spiritual shelter in Winnipeg--your parish hall.
   Therefore they hope you will accept a cheque for
   a small token of their love for Father William and
   their appreciation of your generosity when they
   came as strangers to their new homeland, to be
   used for the restoration of your windows or in any
   other way you think fit. (58)

Another letter in the same archives speaks of the Russian Orthodox Parish's gratitude for "your truly Christian love" and remembers fondly that you "gave us shelter and surrounded us with limitless protection." (59) This letter testifies to the friendship between the two parishes. Unhappily the close friendship of the 1950s has come to an end.

St. Philip's Anglican Church & Orthodox Mission of the Life-Giving Spring

The Parish of St. Philip, Norwood, Winnipeg, began in 1900 as a Mission of Holy Trinity Parish, Winnipeg. (60) By November 1900, they had acquired a small wooden church. On 27 June the parish was formed by the Most Reverend Robert Machray, Archbishop of Rupert's Land. In the same year, they began to build their present Church which was dedicated on 19 February 1905 and completed in 1907. This Church was consecrated on 25 October 1944 by the Most Reverend Louis Ralph Sherman, Archbishop of Rupert's Land. (61) The parish also acquired a rectory, a memorial hall which contained a hall, kitchen, offices, nursery and guild room and finally St. Philip's Court, an apartment building for seniors. The rectory and St. Philip's Court have since been sold.

In recent years, St. Philip's has welcomed an Orthodox mission who rent the lower level of the Church for their services. (62) The Mission began as a mission of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Father Andrew Jarmus as their priest. It became in time a mission of the Orthodox Church in America with Father Anthony Eastabrooks as their priest. It is a small congregation most of whose members are converts to Orthodoxy. They have Liturgy on Sunday morning, Vespers on Saturday evening and special services during Holy Week. All of their services are in English. The relationship between the two congregations began as a commercial arrangement. The Anglicans had space to rent and the Orthodox needed to rent space. Although there is as yet not much in the way of "mutual meeting," a friendship is beginning to grow especially among the clergy of the two congregations. One describes "a congenial relationship" and the other "a friendly relationship." There is much hope for ecumenical relations in this.

St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral & Unknown Anglican Church

Little is known of the relationship between this Orthodox Church and an unnamed nearby Anglican Church. Two authorities state that the Orthodox Parish held their first liturgies in a nearby Anglican Church but do not name it. (63) The Orthodox parish used the facilities of the Anglican Church for only a year between the founding of their parish in 1924 and the building of their own church in 1925. I have speculated that the nearby Anglican Church may have been Old St. Peter's on Selkirk. Avenue. This church was demolished in 1931 and few records remain. The answer to the question may lie within the records of St. Mary the Protectress Orthodox Cathedral.


I have presented five case studies of relations between Orthodox and Anglican congregations. In each case the major focus has been on the practical matter of a building, a church. In three cases the church building was shared by an Anglican congregation and an Orthodox congregation. In two cases the church building was sold by one congregation and purchased by another. The church is essential for the spiritual life of a Christian congregation because it gathers the people together and provides the place where God is worshipped, the Sacraments are administered and the presence of God is found. (64) In the two cases where a building was sold and bought, there was a willingness to help one another and hence friendship. In the three cases where the building was shared, there was a greater opportunity for friendship between Anglicans and Orthodox as they come to know one another in the practical issues of sharing a building and providing for worship. These five case studies demonstrate that the friendly relations between Anglicans and Orthodox which are present in other parts of Canada, the UK and the USA are also present in Manitoba. Moreover these five case studies demonstrate that sharing buildings may provide opportunities for stronger ecumenical relations. This was certainly true of the friendship between St. Michael and All Angels Parish and Holy Resurrection Parish.

Ecumenical relations are built upon friendship. Practical matters such as buildings may lead to greater understandings in other matters such as liturgy, theology and spirituality. They have the potential of leading to better ecumenical relations. Perhaps I may leave the last words here to the late Most Reverend Walter Heath Jones, one-time Archbishop of Rupert's Land. He was a member of a regular gathering of Bishops in Winnipeg. Over the last thirty years or so, these Bishops, Anglican, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Ukrainian Catholic and Ukrainian Orthodox, had formed an informal but friendly network. Commenting on the work of the meetings of the Bishops, he said, "I have found here, as I did in other places, a great feeling of unity, particularly with Roman Catholics, Lutherans and Orthodox, and we have built up in Manitoba a very solid ecumenical community." (65)

Notes for this article are available on the MHS website: or scan the QR code at right to go directly to the notes.

by Stephen Sharman

Selkirk, Manitoba

Reverend Sharman earned a PhD degree from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's. The title of his dissertation was Visions of Light in the Writings of the Venerable Bede. He has a deep interest in the relations between the Christian East and the Christian West. He attends St. Nicholas' Orthodox Church at Narol.
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