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Memorable Manitobans: Georges Marie Svoboda (1913-2010)

Cleric.

Born at Prague, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic) on 8 May 1913, and educated in Prague and Rome, he came to Canada in 1949, coming to the Archdiocese of St. Boniface in 1952. He worked in numerous parishes, including St. Hyacinthe Catholic Church (1974-1979), until his retirement from full-time parish ministry in 1979, becoming the parochial administrator of the Czech Parish of Our Lady of Fatima, and taking care of the presbyterial ministry at St. Pie Roman Catholic Church (2000-2004) before fully retiring. He was known for his knowledge of many languages, conducting ministry to peoples of numerous ethnic groups, and for being able to perform both Latin and Ukrainian Catholic ritual. He died at Winnipeg on 17 January 2010.

See also:

Father Svoboda’s Helicopter by William D. Wade
Manitoba History, Number 77, Winter 2015

Historic Sites of Manitoba: First Helicopter Monument (Homewood, RM of Dufferin)

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 2010.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 September 2020

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