The Basilians

0ourhistThe Basilian Fathers Museum is owned and operated by the Order of St. Basil the Great, commonly known as the Basilian Fathers. 

In 1902, a small group of missionaries from this Ukrainian religious order of priests and lay brothers came to Canada to work among the Ukrainian settlers. Their first mission was established at Beaver Lake, Alberta, a few miles from present-day Mundare. From this centre, the Basilians served Ukrainian communities across East Central Alberta, and eventually, across Canada and the United States.

The Basilians lived among their people, ministering to their spiritual needs and helping to build schools, churches and community institutions. The Beaver Lake mission was the site of their first monastery and chapel.

Over the years, the Basilians established a printing press and built Mundare’s Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic church, monastery, novitiate, grotto shrine and museum.

In 2011, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada recognized the Beaver Lake-Mundare Ukrainian Catholic Mission as a place of historical and cultural significance. The 1902 mission marked the permanent establishment of the Eastern rite Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada and paved the way for the appointment of Canada's first Ukrainian Catholic Bishop.