Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church

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Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church
Front gate and front door, St. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Orr MN.JPG
Front of the church
Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church is located in Minnesota
Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church
Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church is located in the United States
Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church
Nearest cityBramble, Minnesota
Coordinates47°54′23″N 93°10′0″W / 47.90639°N 93.16667°W / 47.90639; -93.16667Coordinates: 47°54′23″N 93°10′0″W / 47.90639°N 93.16667°W / 47.90639; -93.16667
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
NRHP reference #83000908[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 27, 1983

Sts. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church is a historic church in Bramble, Minnesota, United States.

The onion domed church was built in 1917-1918 by Russian immigrant homesteaders, who had come to the United States in search of a better life. The land was donated by William Lucachick, an area farmer.

The first Mass was celebrated by a Russian Orthodox priest from Chisholm. The interior contains an iconostasis installed in 1926. In keeping with Russian Orthodox tradition, there are no pews. Most of the congregation stands throughout the service, except for the elderly and infirm, for whom there are benches provided.[2]

The active life of this parish was short-lived, as many of the people who had settled in the area for land left as they realized that the conditions of northern Minnesota only make for marginal farming.[2] The church fell into disuse in the 1930s, but the early 1960s Paul Berg, an Episcopal priest in Grand Rapids, discovered the church and organized an effort to restore it. Father Paul contacted the office of the late Archbishop John (Garklāvs) of Chicago, they learned that there was no record of the parish's existence.[3] The building was rededicated in 1968.[2] The discovery of the church generated much interest, and the property subsequently was refurbished. Until the early 1980s, faithful from Minneapolis and Minnesota's northern Iron Range would gather at the church every July for the celebration of the feast of SS. Peter and Paul.[3]

There is also a cemetery one quarter of a mile from the church. One acre of land was donated by Andrew Soroka (Sorokie). Soroka was one of the founders and builders of Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Side of the church


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Alan K. Lathrop (2003). Churches Of Minnesota: An Illustrated Guide. University of Minnesota Press. p. 13. ISBN 0816629099.
  3. ^ a b “Lost parish” receives new convert! “Lost parish” receives // The Orthodox Church 2005 VOLUME 41, NUMBERS 8/9/10, page 14
  • Duly, William. The Rusins of Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minn. : Rusin Association, 1993.