Monday, 21 May 2012


E.C. Everett photo, 1947
This picturesque little church dates back to 1906 when it was the first Catholic Church in Nipigon. The main body of the church seats about 70 people and a small gallery holds about 15 more. Its original location was the southwest corner of Second and Newton Street. In 1952, a new larger Catholic Church, Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was built adjacent to it.

The old church was then sold and became the Church of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Ukrainian. Mac McCullough moved the church to this site, formerly a clay tennis court. The congregation of 28 families renovated the church, putting in a new floor but retaining the original windows. In 2002, the church continues to hold services on an occasional basis.

Research and article: B. Satten, "A Historical Walk Through Nipigon", 2003 Nipigon Historical Museum

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