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Sts. Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Church

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic Church is a select representative of rural Manitoba places of worship built in the early decades of the twentieth century (1921) by Eastern European immigrant communities.

The site was purchased in 1908 for the sum of $28.00 by the Roman Catholic Archiepiscopal Corporation of St. Boniface and the parishoners built the church. It was occupied by the first Polish Catholic church in the Gimli district and for many years was the centre of spiritual life for Poles in the area. The current building, the third at the location after fires destroyed its predecessors in 1909 and 1911, was served by priests from Arborg and Winnipeg until it became a chaplaincy of a newly formed parish at Camp Morton in 1924. Its humble architecture, effectual yet also with attention to detail, is based on the symbolism of the Holy Trinity, as seen in the tripartite massing, plan and arrangement of various elements. Vacant for nearly four decades, the church was restored in 2000 and now hosts various celebrations again.

The building has been designated as a Municipal Heritage Site.

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