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Extraordinary Places of Worship

Black-and-white photograph of a church with three steeples, three crosses and a front enclosed within a scaffold. In the foreground, you can see steps leading to the main doors.

Christ-Roi Ukrainian Catholic Church in Rouyn in the late 1950s.

The arrival of a cosmopolitan population naturally led to the construction of various places of worship. Christian Churches—whether they are Catholic, Protestant or Anglican—were already established in Rouyn and Noranda. Three other places of worship were built over the course of the 20th century which clearly shows the cosmopolitan nature of Rouyn and Noranda.

Black-and-white photograph of five adjacent buildings made of wooden planks. There are several cars travelling and people walking on the sidewalks.

The very first synagogue: Knesset Israel Congregation in Noranda.

In fact, the first synagogue built in Quebec outside of Montréal was located in Noranda. It is thanks to Rabbi Katz that the wood building was erected in 1932, and rebuilt with bricks in 1949. In the 1940s, as many as 45 Jewish families attended this place of worship. Eventually, since most people of Jewish faith left, the synagogue was closed in 1972.

Although Russian people lived in the sister cities since the very beginning, it was only in 1957 that St George Russian Orthodox Church was consecrated. The arrival of a Russian population during the second immigration wave revitalized community life, which in turn led to the construction of the church in the mid-1950s.

Black-and-white photograph of about 70 people on stairs in front of a wood structure. There are two Catholic priests, a Roman priest and a Ukrainian priest.

The construction of Christ-Roi Ukranian Catholic Church of Rouyn in the mid-1950s.


The Ukrainian community, which had a strong presence in both Rouyn and Noranda, did not have a place of worship either. Therefore, they built the Christ-Roi Church in the mid-1950s, a few dozen metres from the Russian Orthodox Church. Ukraine-born Archbishop Lev Chaika still occasionally celebrates Holy Mass in this church.

Colour photograph of a white church with orthodox crosses overlooking two bulb-shaped steeples. Concrete stairs lead to the main door and to the back of the church.

St George Russian Orthodox Church in Rouyn.

For more details :

Marie-Claude Rocher et Marc Pelchat, dir., Le patrimoine des minorités religieuses du Québec, richesse et
, Québec, PUL, 2006, p. 115-116.

Leury, Albert, 1940, Les villes-sœurs, Rouyn-Noranda. Rouyn : Société d’histoire de Rouyn-Noranda, tome 2.