Back in Cranbrook we photographed St. Aidans Orthodox Church

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Saint Aidan with windows, Cranbrook, BC
 Most of our time in Cranbrook was spent relaxing and visiting but we did make an occasional foray out into the winter cold to photograph a few historic churches and the winter countryside.

One church that interested us was St. Aidan's Orthodox. I'm told that at one time it was Ukrainian Greek Orthodox but the Ukrainian congregation had declined in numbers and couldn't afford to keep the church. The priest told me that it was now simply orthodox with no ethnic connection. 

When I asked him how they had decided on St. Aidan as their patron saint - an English bishop from Lindisfarne - he said the congregation had a naming contest. Each pereson was asked to propose saint's name and the winner was drawn from a chalice.
St Aidans is in Cranbrook, BC. It used to be Ukrainian Greek Orthodox but is now just Orthodox. The priest tells me that the patron saint - from England - was selected by parishoners.
According to the priest, there are two orthodox churches in the world named St. Aidan's.

We were invited to photograph the interior of the church where we admired the stained glass windows and a picture of the Bishop of Lindisfare in the Greek Orthodox iconic style.


St. Mary's First Nation

The St. Mary's First Nation east of Cranbrook has  become  involved  in  the  tourist  industry.  They operate a casino and a hotel that incorporates the old residental school. I believe they also have one of six or seven golf courses in the area. We went down to the reserve to look around and photographed the old Catholic Church, St. Eugene's.  The Roman Catholic church had previously operated the Indian Residential School on the reserve.
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