Built in 1941 by Reverend Father Pierre Henry (1904-1979) a missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate this church is a landmark in Arvilikjuak, "the big place with bowhead whales". The walls were built with local stones and clay hauled by dogteam, which also provided transportation for the roofing paper and beams from Repulse Bay, 320 kilometres away. The steeple was completed in 1952 by Reverend Father Frans Van de Velde O.M.I, and housed the bell donated by American benefactors, to fill the empty belfry. Unfortunately a subsequent fire reduced this bell to a molten mass. The cross atop the belfry was donated in 1942 by Corporal (later Superintendent) Henry Larsen of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a friend of Father Henry.
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Photo taken in Kugaaruk, NU X0B, Canada
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