News & Events

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The City Council in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, received an icon of its own resident saint this week.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger, head of Canada’s ninth largest city, accepted the icon of the recently glorified Saint Sebastian Dabovich, who served as priest in the city a century ago.

Friday, March 29, 2019 to Sunday, March 31, 2019

As an Orthodox priest for the last 45 years, a recognized elder with the Alaskan Federation of Natives, the husband of his Yupik wife Matushka Xenia, speaker of Alaskan traditional indigenous languages, an author of many books and articles and a widely acclaimed PBS series, and a doctor of cross-cultural communication, Fr Michael Oleksa visited St Aidan of Lindisfarne in Cranbrook, BC and presented an engaging analysis of indigenous spirituality and the connections with the Orthodox church.

The four sessions were:

Monday, March 18, 2019 to Friday, March 22, 2019

Twenty-eight priests and deacons from across Canada – mainly from parishes in the West, but also from as far East as Montreal – gathered together at Entheos Retreat Centre near Calgary, March 18th – 22nd. Synaxis means “assembling together,” and calls to mind the words of the Psalm: “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Psalm 133.1)

Friday, March 29, 2019 to Saturday, March 30, 2019

St Aidan of Lindisfarne Orthodox Church in Cranbrook, BC, is very excited to be able to announce that Rev. Dr. Michael Oleksa will visit and deliver a series of lectures for the Annual Lenten Retreat this year.

Fr Michael was the spellbinding storyteller who was our headline speaker at the “Healing Earth” seminar held at the Royal Alexandra Hall in October 2016. A collection to help pay for Fr. Michael’s trip and honorarium will be made, so please do pass the word around.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Photos from the funeral service for the beloved Archimandrite Philip Speranza at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Toronto on 13 February 2019.

Monday, February 18, 2019

I would like to share (and ask you to share) important updates regarding the September 2019 pilgrimage/cruise to Alaska (and 2020 events). For reference, the event is posted on the OCA website.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Archimandrite Philip [Speranza], 71, Associate Pastor of Toronto's Russian Orthodox Christ the Saviour Cathedral, fell asleep in the Lord on February 4, 2019.

Born Philip Joseph Speranza in Aurora, IL on March 19, 1947, the son of the late Samuel and Mary [Mondello] Speranza, he was raised in Wheaton, IL. A convert to Orthodox Christianity from Roman Catholicism, he studied at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, after completing his high school studies at Sacred Heart Seminary, Geneva IL.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

This weekend, on the feast of the Meeting of the Lord, we had the joy of receiving into the church by baptism and chrismation our beloved Vidal family. This is the first time that the church of All Saints in Meadow Lake, SK. has received a full family into the church, and it marks the end of a three year long courtship with the Orthodox Church for them. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

On the feast of Theophany (OS) the Archpriest Gregory Scratch served the Great Blessing of Waters at St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Sandy Lake Manitoba (est. 1905) and blessed the their lake.

This has become a community event that brings out many of Sandy Lake's residents (even in -25 weather!) and speaks to the importance the lake has in the community and their trust in the Lord's saving work in creation. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Fr Sebastian Scratch and the parishioners of Holy Martyr Peter the Aleut Orthodox Church, Calgary, Alberta, blessed the waters of the Bow River on Saturday, January 26, 2019.