Fonds 395 St. Elia Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church

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Summary information

Repository: South Peace Regional Archives
Title: St. Elia Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church fonds
Reference code: 0395
Date: 1957-1991 (date of creation)
Physical description: 4 cm of textual records
Language: English
Language: Ukrainian
Dates of creation, revision and deletion: Added to new database Dec. 2022 – TD

Administrative history / Biographical sketch

St Elia Greek Orthodox Church had its beginnings in 1956 when Reverend John Melnyk was sent by the Consistory from Winnipeg as a missionary to the Peace River area to organize the Orthodox Church. In August, 1965, the Catholic Church from Rycroft was moved to Spiriti River to become the beginning church building. The original church members in 1966/67 were Mr. George Zyha, Mr. Metro Zyha, Mr Sam Wlad, Mr. Mike Stadnyk, Mr. John Badiuk, Mr. Ynat Yablonski, Mr. Metro Lazuruk, Mr. Bill Dutchak, Mr. Peter Nedohin, Mr. Nick Badiuk, Mr. Nick Gushlak, Mr. Elais Badiuk, Mr. Nick Zyha. Mr. George Zyha drove to Athabasca in 1966 for the forms for building the church domes which were completed in 1967. Mr. Bill Paish constructed the crosses for the top of the domes. Mr. Metro Zyha donated many hours to finish the interior and basement. Mr. Nivk Krol designed and built the church benches and helped finish the interior ceiling tiles. Reverend Eugene Stefaniuk preached the first sermon Oct 14, 1966. The executive for 1987 was President George Zyha, Vice-President William Sarabin and Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. Mavis Kachmar.

Custodial History

The records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Mavis Kachmar in 2009.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of minutes, written in Ukrainian, 1957-1965; records of people working for the Mission Home, 1960-1981; legal documents re: sale of church in 1991; and a 1955 copy of Religious Societies’ Land Act in the province of Alberta.


Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title of fonds based on contents.

Access points

  • Textual record (documentary form)
  • Religion (subject)