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The Baraga Slovenian Club
St Lazare Quebec

Slovenian immigrants settled in Quebec province as long ago as 1870. One Slovenian business operating at the turn of the century was a Montreal lumber company owned by Peter Jereb. Hydro Quebec is now located on that site. Several Slovenian families settled in Quebec between 1920 and 1930, but many returned to their homeland after World War Two. At that time only about one hundred families remained in Montreal. However, they were soon joined by new arrivals who were part of the second and third phases of Slovenian immigration to Canada.
The Baraga Slovenian Club was founded in 1951. The association organized picnics and other outings and held Sunday services in the local Slovak church. The Slovenian Vincentian fathers from Toronto also held services occasionally and led spiritual renewals. A choral group and a folk dance company were soon established.
In 1957 Rev. Joseph ltasl began to form a Slovenian parish when he assumed duties as Slovenian chaplain at the church of St. Louis deFrance. Through its goals and activities the Baraga Club was instrumental in the development of the parish. The Slovak church building was purchased in 1963 and Mission Slovene Catholique St. Vladimir was established in January, 1964.
In 1961 the Baraga Club purchased twelve hectares of land in the St. Lazare area west of Montreal, which was transformed from uncultivated ground to a beautiful park with picnic facilities, a clubhouse, summer cottages, and trailers. The main building can accommodate up to five hundred people. Among other activities four yearly picnics are organized, during which Mass is celebrated by the parish priest.
Social and cultural groups presently included in the Baraga Slovenian Club are the Slovenian Hunters and Anglers Club, a folk dance company, and a youth club.