The Stolen Church

Probably the most romantic tale of love and crime in the days of the Columbia Valley pioneers is that of the Stolen Church in Windermere BC.


For information about services or using the Stolen Church for a wedding, please contact the Windermere Valley Shared Ministry office in Invermere at 250-342-6644, or email to ac.ms1527037997vw@ec1527037997iffo1527037997

3 thoughts on “The Stolen Church

  • December 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    My Great Grandfather, Archdeacon Philip Sidney Irwin, was a brother of “Father Pat”, and also a missionary priest in the Bahamas, later in the U.S.A. Episcopal Church. His son, The Reverend Henry Alexander Irwin, a veteran Canadian Army infantry solder of the First World War, served in the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, Canada. His son, my father, Archdeacon Philip Sidney Irwin, a veteran Canadian Army artillary officer (anti-tank) of the Second World War also served his entire ministry in all deaneries the Ottawa Diocese. ~

    • November 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Philip: I am currently writing a story about Father Pat to be published in the Columbia Valley Pioneer. I am very interested to know more about his brother Archdeacon PS Irwin. Please contact me this week.

  • August 1, 2011 at 11:44 am

    “Father Pat” Irwin was born in Newtownmountkennedy,Ireland,County Wicklow in 1859.My mom,deceased nine years ago was a direct descendant of the Irwin clan.Our family has researched the geneaology of the family and will be traveling to Ireland later this month to visit the church and grounds where Father Pat and his 5 siblings were born.This article only re-educates us as to what a great servant Father Pat was.Thank you. ~


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