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Memorable Manitobans: Stefan Ustvolsky “Bishop Seraphim” (?-?)


Little is known about his early life. He came to the United States in 1903, claiming to have been consecrated by a dissident Russian orthodox patriarch, and moved to Winnipeg in 1903, where he soon established the All-Russian Patriarchal Orthodox Church, independent of both Catholic and Orthodox control. Within a few years he left for Russia, and upon his return without legitimacy or funds his church disintegrated. He returned to Russia for good in 1908.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tin Can Cathedral (Dufferin Avenue, Winnipeg)

Stefan Ustvolsky, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XII, 1044-45.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 January 2013

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