Welcome to Dricani parish
Catholic salutation: Praised be Jesus Christ!
The answer to this greeting: Forever and ever! Amen.
  The first wooden church in Dricani, according to the reports of baron Gustav Manteuffel, was constructed in 1779. The construction was financially supported by Dricani, Pilcene and Struzani (Dricāni, Piļcine and Strūžāni) estate owner Dominic Ryck (Dominiks Riks). The church was served by the fathers of the Bernardine monastery in Vilani (Viļāni). The current building was built on the initiative and donations of baronesses Marija Manteuffel and Katrina Uljanovska and local catholics. The parish members, most of them serfs, took an active part in building the church. According to ancient legend, a tame bear was used for carrying heavy weights over in the process of construction. In October, 1859 Dricani church was consecrated by the parish priest Klement Tarvid after the permission of Mogilev metropolitan archbishop. Since then the Dricani parish has been visited by bishops J. Rancans, P. Strods, V. Zondaks, J. Bulis. In 1995 the church participated in European Heritage Days.

  The church is an example of late Classicism church architecture and divided into three naves. The three altars of the church are Neo-Gothic. The figure Ecce Homo in the central altar was replaced with the holy Jesus Heart painting in the beginning of the 20th century. The side altars are devoted to Pentecost and Blessed Virgin Mary. There are ancient carved wooden statues of Saint Apostles Simon and Jude, and St. Joseph and St. Nepomuk. The significance of the church is that it hasn't been modified since the second part of the 19th century. In the church garden are buried relatives of the Dricani landowners of the Manteuffel and Rick families and parish priest Peteris Tumans, who had served in the Dricani parish for 30 years. The well-known historian, ethnographer, book publisher, philanthropist baron Gustav Manteuffel (1832-1916) rest in peace in the family tomb by the church. His contribution into the research of Latgale and Livonian history, ethnography and geography includes 353 works. From 1861 to 1870 he was preparing first Latgalian calendar Inflantu zemes laikagromota aba kalenders and releases founding strong Latgalian calendar tradition. Gustav Manteuffel made an extensive work about history of Latgale in the book Terra Mariana that was presented to Pope Leo XIII. He was the first who started publishing Latgalian folk songs. He contributed also into books of prayers and diverse spiritual editions adopting them to people requirements.

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