Religious Supports

Winnipeg prides itself on its cultural diversity. Based on your preferences, we can arrange for you to speak with religious leaders before you arrive in Canada.

Major Religions in Winnipeg
Anglican
There are a total of 75 parishes in the province, with 32 of them in Winnipeg. Seven of the parishes in the Diocese serve congregations of indigenous peoples; one of these is in Winnipeg. St. John¡¯s College is a small Anglican college located on the campus of the University of Manitoba (204-474-8531).
Website: www.excape.ca/~jclong/guideanglican.htm

Jewish
The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg/Combined Jewish Appeal is the central address of the Jewish community of Winnipeg and supports vital programs and services in the city and around the world. The Jewish Federation Of Winnipeg is also the Manitoba Region of Canadian Jewish Congress.
Website: www.jewishwinnipeg.org

Catholic
Archdiocese of Winnipeg The Archdiocese of Winnipeg has 175,000 members in 91 parishes. It has 10 schools and St. Paul¡¯s College (on the campus of the University of Manitoba).
Website: www.manitobacatholic.net

Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg The Archeparchy has about 50,000 members in 16 parishes in the Winnipeg area.
Website: www.archeparchy.ca

Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface There are over 101,000 members in 105 parishes and missions.
Website: www.escape.ca/~jclong/guidecatholic.htm

Baptist
There are various kinds of Baptists. The North American Baptist Conference has 16 churches in Manitoba. One of the most well-known churches in the denomination is New Life Ministries, pastored by Rev. Harry Lehotsky. The denomination has over 2,300 members in 16 churches in Manitoba.
Website: www.escape.ca/~jclong/guidebaptists2.htm

Muslim
There are 5,000 Muslims in Manitoba, with about 4,500 living in Winnipeg. The Manitoba Islamic Association, a voluntary non-profit organization, manages the Manitoba Islamic Centre, built in Winnipeg in 1975.

The first full time Islamic private school in Manitoba is the ALhijra Islamic School, which opened in 1996. Today it has 110 students from kindergarten to grade seven. ALhijra is a member of the Independent school federation and is recognized by the Manitoba Board of Education.

Winnipeg is also the headquarters of the Islamic Social Services Association of United States and Canada. The Manitoba Islamic Centre is affiliated with all Major Islamic organizations in North America, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada (CAIR-CAN).
Website: www.escape.ca/~jclong/guideislam.htm

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
The official name is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For members of the church, the early Christians are considered former-day saints, while present members of the church are latter-day saints. They are frequently called Mormons, a nickname given them because they believe in the Book of Mormon as the word of God.
Website: www.mormon.org

Mennonite
The highest concentration of Canadian Mennonites are found in Manitoba, followed by Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Mennonites make up approximately one percent of Canada¡¯s population.

Although Mennonites in Manitoba are primarily European in origin, today members of the church come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds such as Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Hmong, Laotian and Aboriginal.
Website: www.mennonitechurch.ca

Seven Day Adventist
There are 31 churches with 3,061 members in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut Territory.
Website: www.tagnet.org/mansaskconf/

United Church
The Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario is one of thirteen regional bodies that together comprise The United Church of Canada. The Conference includes 249 congregations with 49,400 members.
Website: www.mnwo.united-church.ca

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
There are 67 Evangelical Lutheran churches in Manitoba.
Website: www.elcic.ca/index.html

Lutheran Church Canada
The denomination has 20 congregations in Manitoba.
Website: www.lutheranchurch.ca

Buddhist
Canadian Buddhists totaled 163,415 in the 1991 census. There are nine Buddhist groups in the Winnipeg area.
Website: www.escape.ca/~jclong/guidebuddihist.htm

Sikh
There are approximately 400,000 Sikhs in Canada; there are about 9,000 to 10,000 in Manitoba.
Website: www.escape.ca/~jclong/guidesikhs.htm

Jehovah¡¯s Witness (Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada)
There are over 3,200 Jehovah Witnesses in Manitoba in some 49 congregations.
Website: www.escape.ca/~jclong/guidejw.htm

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