News & Events

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

His Eminence Archbishop Irénée has appointed the Very Reverend Archpriest Rodion Luciuk as the new archdiocesan treasurer, effective 1 September 2020.

Fr Rod replaces Fr Justin Mitchell, whom the archbishop thanked for his excellent work over the past five years, leaving the archdiocese in a strong financial condition. Fr Rod brings years of professional experience to the role, in addition to previously serving as a member of the archdiocesan council and internal audit team.

Friday, July 31, 2020

The Very Reverend Archpriest Raphael David Johnston fell asleep peacefully in the Lord on July 31, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife 46 years Matushka Debbie, sons Ian (Laura) and Michael, and grandchildren, Aiden, Emma and Makayla.

Fr Raphael was an Archpriest in the Orthodox Church in America and the rector of Saints Peter and Paul Ruso-Greek Orthodox Church, Dickie Bush Alberta, as well as a regular assisting priest in Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, in Edmonton.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Holy Apostle Barnabas Mission, Canada's most western parish, has a rather small chapel, so how are to 'spread out'? Well, go outside, of course! Our Heavenly Father gave us beautiful weather this past Sunday so were able to serve the Divine Liturgy in His great outdoors.

How awesome it was to worship Him while looking up at the sun shining down through the leaves of the trees. For a time, a hummingbird settled on a branch behind the altar and observed God's people giving thanks to the Creator for His great glory.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

The festal Divine Liturgy for Pentecost was celebrated outdoors at St Seraphim of Sarov Church in Rawdon, Québec, presided by His Eminence Archbishop Irénée and Fr Deacon Denis Letunovsky.

It was a beautiful day: Mother nature was at her best with greenery, the birds were singing, and a nice breeze blew through the rustling leaves. We could not have asked for a nicer day for Pentecost! And of course, social distancing was respected. 

Blessed feast to all!

Friday, May 22, 2020

On Friday 22 May, His Eminence Archbishop Irénée issued the following new directives and guidance to parishes during the COVID-19 outbreak:

Friday, May 1, 2020

On Friday, May 1, 2020, meeting under the Presidency of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church issued the following Pastoral Letter, and Synodal Directives related to COVID-19.

Each Diocesan Bishop will be releasing diocesan specific guidelines shortly.

To the clergy, monastics, and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America,

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Source: CBC

The Orthodox Hermitage of the Holy Annunciation sits on an old hilltop farmstead overlooking the LaHave River near New Germany, N.S. Three monks live inside.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Download the 2020 Paschal greeting from Vladyka Irénée in English and French:

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A moleben (supplication service) for first responders and health care workers has been created for use. Please pray this with your families on behalf of all those who are risking their own safety and laying their lives on the line for us all during these difficult days of global pandemic. The names of those working across our archdiocese on the front line of health care are below. To add a name, please email webmaster@archdiocese.ca.

Friday, April 10, 2020

We are continuing again on 10 April our recent Friday tradition of drawing as many people across our archdiocese as possible to pray together during this time of lockdown and isolation.

On Friday at 7pm EDT (4pm PDT) Mattins for Lazarus Saturday will be served. Fr Vincent Lehr will deliver an opening address. A small poster for sharing the event along with the service book are attached. Please promote this in your communities if possible.