Ukrainian Catholic Church of The Immaculate Conception, Cook’s Creek, Manitoba, Canada.
Manitoba Provincial Heritage Site #23
Designation Date: May 1, 1986
Designation Authority: Honourable Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Minister of Culture, Heritage and Recreation
Present Owner: Immaculate Conception Church of Cooks Creek

Construction of this church began in l930. The exterior painting and elaborate interior decoration, mainly by local amateur artists, began in l938 when the structure was completed. This work was well advanced in l952 when the church was consecrated. The design is the work of the Very Reverend Philip Ruh, O.M.I. (l883–l962). He was responsible for planning at least 30 Ukrainian Catholic churches in Canada, l3 of which survive in Manitoba. Reverend Ruh worked alongside his congregation at Cooks Creek in building this church, the largest of his remaining creations in Manitoba.

Reverend Ruh also foresaw construction of the adjoining Grotto, a representation in concrete of the Grotto at Lourdes, France. He died before its completion and is buried in the nearby cemetery.
(Accessed the internet @ December 16, 2009

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  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...about 5 years ago

    Wow, beautiful!

  • thank you Kim

    – Vickie Emms

  • frogster
    frogsterabout 5 years ago

    Great shot

  • thanks much Larry :-)

    – Vickie Emms

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...about 5 years ago

    Lovely capture Sis. You’ve captured the essence of this church beautifully. :>)) Leslie

  • thank you sis,,,,it’s very beautiful inside and out

    – Vickie Emms

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaabout 5 years ago

    Oh wow, it’s gorgeous hon. I was never inside but I suspected it will be beautiful.

  • thank you hon, you would love it. they are only too happy to give a guided tour, even on a busy workday afternoon

    – Vickie Emms

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture Vickie, love the design. and well documented as well

  • thanks Larry

    – Vickie Emms

  • MischaC
    MischaCabout 5 years ago


  • thank you Mischa

    – Vickie Emms

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 5 years ago

    That is a really beautiful inside shot dear Vickie. Well done.

  • thanks very much Anna :-)

    – Vickie Emms

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesabout 5 years ago

    great photo of impressive work!

  • thanks Vic

    – Vickie Emms

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 5 years ago

    Well, I don’t know how I missed this one! It must have just gone up after I was here! This is just gorgeous! Of course I remember this so well!! Beautiful image and such warm tones!

  • thanks Blair, the lighting inside the church was so wonderful wasn’t it. This is untouched, I know yours is the same, with a warm feeling about it.

    – Vickie Emms

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