News & Events

Friday, November 15, 2019

All Saints of North America Church in Hamilton is hosting a presentation by Fr Philip McCaffery on "Why Lukewarm Christianity Has Nothing to Offer Our Kids" on Friday 15 November. Prayers begin at 6pm, followed by a snack and the talk.

Many Christian families advise their kids to play it safe – do their homework, play by the rules, fit in and be accepted while holding a socially acceptable flavour of “Christianity”.  But can such “faith” ever last?  Does it make any difference in real life?

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Photos of Vladyka Irénée's visit to St Seraphim Parish in Richmond Hill, Ontario on Sunday 20 October. Concelebrating with Archbishop Irénée was Fr Alexei Vassiouchkine.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

On Sunday, 6 October, 2019, His Eminence, Irénée, Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada, arrived at his Cathedral of the Annunciation to the Theotokos-Saint Nicholas in Ottawa, Ontario, to serve the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. 

Archbishop Irénée was greeted at the entrance to the cathedral at 10am, after which followed the Entrance Prayers and the Vesting. Upon the conclusion of the vesting, the Acolyte Joseph Farid Wazem was brought to him.  After the prayers, Vladyka Irénée tonsured Joseph to be a Reader in the cathedral.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 to Monday, October 14, 2019

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Fr Ivan Symchyna led a group of parishioners from Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Toronto on a pilgrimage to Québec, including to Rawdon for a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with His Eminence, Archbishop Irénée, and to Québec City to visit with Fr Nicolas Svetlovsky and the parishioners of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.

Here are some photos from the pilgrimage.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Holy Apostles Orthodox Mission in Chilliwack is honoured to receive a portion of the sacred relics of the Holy Apostle James, the "Brother of the Lord," (son of Joseph the Betrothed), and first Bishop of Jerusalem. These relics are being given as a gift from Archbishop Lazar and the All Saints of North America Monastery in Dewdney, BC, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Irénée. All are welcome to join us as we receive the holy relics at Great Vespers, 6pm, Saturday 19 October. A tea reception will follow the service.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 to Wednesday, October 9, 2019

His Eminence, Archbishop Irénée, and members of the Archdiocesan Council met in Rawdon on October 8th and 9th.

This was the first time meeting in Rawdon for some of the council members, and everyone declared it had been a successful meeting at an outstanding location. The weather was picture perfect!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ten years ago today, the Archdiocese of Canada was blessed with the consecration of our beloved Archbishop Irénée. His leadership, guidance and love have been a strength to keep us focused on Christ.

God grant him many years!

Here's the coverage of the consecration from the OCA archives.

Ten bishops participated in the episcopal consecration of Archimandrite Irénée [Rochon] as Bishop of Quebec City and Auxiliary to His Eminence, Archbishop Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada, at Annunciation Cathedral here on Thursday, October 1, 2009.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

On the old style Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, His Eminence Archbishop Irénée concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with the temporary administrator for the Moscow Patriarchate's parishes in North America, His Grace Bishop Matthew, at the Church of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin in Niska, Alberta.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Fr Nicolas Svetlovsky of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Québec baptized the catechumen Raphael in Rawdon on Saturday, September 14. Assisting and singing at the service was His Eminence, Archbishop Irénée, along with Deacon Denis Letunouski, his matushka and children, along with a small group of parishioners from Holy Trinity. It was a joyous occasion for all!

Friday, September 20, 2019


Christians are promised the reassuring Presence of Christ through trial and isolation. What about when we feel alone, depressed, or without help?

What are the causes of such feelings, how should we address them? When should (and shouldn't) they be accepted as a normal part of Christian life?

Join us for a topic that unites many faithful people, to learn some timeless answers to this question that affects every family.