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St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church unique Brandon landmark

St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 927 Assiniboine Avenue, Brandon

The design of Brandon’s St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church is derived from tenth century Byzantine architecture.

This unique landmark was built in 1941 with volunteer labour.

It was constructed under the direction of Michael Sawchuk, a master builder in the Ukrainian tradition.

He collaborated on numerous church projects throughout Manitoba with Father Philip Ruh, highly regarded as a priest and architect throughout the Ukrainian community.

The work of well-known sculptor and artist Leo Mol graces the interior.

Completed in 1949, soon after he arrived in Winnipeg from his native Ukraine, Mol’s murals give the interior a unique elegance.


One of the murals depicts the Crowning of the Mother of God.

Rendered in a classical style, the painting adorns the vaulted interior of the central dome.

Brandon Now magazine

In 1997 contractors refinished the exterior of the church and added a new foyer to the structure.

In 1999, the interior of the church was upgraded.

Stained glass windows were installed, new pews replaced the old ones, and a new chandelier (imported from Greece) was installed.

In 2011, the restoration of the Leo Mol paintings was undertaken by Master Artist Jozef Riebesteijn.

In addition, the carpet in the sanctuary was removed and the hardwood floor was restored to a beautiful finish.

New high tech lighting was installed and the walls were painted a beautiful burgundy color.

This created a tone of majestic grace to the ambiance of the Church.

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Postcard from the past, 1920

View of an outdoor swimming pool in Brandon Manitoba.

Source: Peel’s Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries.


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Ilse Mohn, assistant manager, Hedley’s Health Hut

The liver is one of the most important organs in the body.

It is unique, being the only organ that can regenerate itself to repair damage and can even regrow if partially removed.

Every day, it is involved in our metabolism and protects us from toxic substances. But despite its resiliency, the liver itself also needs to be protected.

What does the liver do?

The liver’s most well-known role is to detoxify toxic substances in the body.

Pesticides, preservatives, alcohol and metabolic waste are diluted by less toxic substances in the liver to prepare them for safe excretion by the kidneys and bowel.

The liver also breaks down hormones like estrogen after they have completed their work.

Another major function of the liver is in regulating the body’s metabolism.

The liver helps to digest fats through the production of bile.

Bile is stored in the gallbladder ready to be used as required and assists in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and calcium.

Fats are oxidized by the liver for energy production.

Further, the liver takes absorbed vitamins from the blood and stores them for use in periods of stress.

Protecting the liver through lifestyle.

You can help protect your liver in the following ways:

Avoid intake of toxic substances.The less toxic substances you take in, the less strain on your liver.

Avoid processed foods, especially fatty foods high in hydrogenated fats.

Too much fat intake contributes to accumulation of fat in the liver.

Avoid overeating. Overeating causes liver fatigue.

Avoid drugs. Drugs, alcohol and caffeine put additional strain on the liver.


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