Canadian Orthodox Church History
History of the Orthodox dioceses in Canada

The Archdiocese of Canada is the legitimate descendant in Canada of the mission of the Russian Empire in North America. The diocese was founded and incorporated by Saint Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus, in 1903.

Even though the Mother Church granted us self-governing status in 1970 with a new name, the Orthodox Church in America, we are that same Church established through the mission of St. Herman and others sent from Valaam Monastery to Alaska. Our mission is the same as theirs. We are called by God to take what we have inherited from Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Palestine, Syria and other Orthodox lands, and plant the Truth of Jesus Christ in the Orthodox manner in Canada.

We are called to baptize Canada with the Orthodox Faith!

The great variety of our parishes and their life show the many ways in which we struggle to undertake this in faithful obedience to the Lord.