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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 to Friday, July 28, 2017

Assembly of the Archdiocese of Canada
“Refreshment for the Journey”
Edmonton, Alberta
July 26-28, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Glory to Jesus Christ!

At the request of His Eminence, Archbishop Irénée, and on behalf of the 2017 Canadian Archdiocesan Assembly Planning Committee, I would like to invite all of you to join us in Edmonton, Alberta, during the week of July 25-28 for our tri-annual Canadian Assembly and Clergy Synaxis. The Synaxis and Assembly will be held in the Sandman Hotel West Edmonton.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 to Sunday, May 6, 2018

Inspired by last year's Orthodox adult education thematic series on the "Official Documents of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church - Pentecost 2016", this year's series "The Church in the World" will take a more in-depth approach to some of the challenges and social concerns facing the Orthodox Church and Christians today.

The one-hour sessions listed below will take place at 12.30pm, after coffee hour, following the Divine Liturgy at 10am.

All are welcome.

October 22, 2017 - Dr Paul Ladouceur, Orthodoxy and Human Rights

Friday, September 22, 2017 to Friday, December 15, 2017

All Saints of North America Church in Hamilton, ON is hosting an Orthodox Institute on the Family conference series — four fascinating, current, practical topics for individuals and families alike:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Clergy and faithful from St Benoît de Nursie Church and The Sign of the Theotokos Church welcome three new members into the Church by Baptism and Chrismation, followed by Divine Liturgy.

Serving along with Vladyka Irénée are: Fr Gregory Nimijean, Fr Justin Mitchell, Fr Dragos Guilea, Archdeacon Amvrosi Mlodzyk, Archimandrite Marc and Deacon Nicolas Svetlovsky.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Archbishop Irénée celebrated the Nativity of the Theotokos at St Mary and Holy Martyrs Brancoveanu Church in Kitchener, ON. Concelebrating were Fr Didel Furtuna, Fr Dumitru Ichim, Romanian Episcopate (OCA) Fr Vasyl Kolega and Deacon Ivan Symchyna.

Fr Didel Furtuna was elevated to the rank of Archpriest and was awarded the pectoral Jeweled Cross.

Parishioners also venerated the Wonderworking Belt and relics of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fr Samuel of the Holy Transfiguration Hermitage in Lone Butte, BC, reports that on the feast day of the Nativity of the Theotokos on Friday, September 8, our Lady sent them a wonderful birthday gift. A great downpour began and continued into the next day. The Elephant Hill fire which had traveled about 100km towards the hermitage and was raging approximately 8km from their doorstep, was thoroughly drenched.

Monday, September 11, 2017

On Monday, September 11, many dozens of firefighters from the Edmonton Fire Department gathered at the Firefighter Memorial in Edmonton to remember that fateful day of 9/11, 2001 which saw thousands of lives lost in the brutal acts of terrorism in the USA, among them, 343 firefighters.

The Edmonton firefighters were joined by many from other departments including Smoky Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Archimandrite Gerasim is the Fire Chaplain for Smoky Lake and also himself a volunteer firefighter with the department.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

It's been 30 years since Archmandrite Alexander Pihach celebrated the first liturgy of St Mark the Evangelist Church in Yorkton, SK. His Eminence, Archbishop Irénée, joined Father Rodion Luciuk, rector, Father Cosmin Vint of the Romanian Archdiocese, Protodeacon Jesse Issac, and Deacon Ken Gaber of the Romanian Archdiocese, and the people of St Mark's in celebrating an anniversary Divine Liturgy on Sunday, August 20.

Friday, September 1, 2017

The icon of Christ now above the entrance door to the Holy Apostles Mission in Chilliwack, British Columbia, has a story behind it.

This image is a copy of an icon originally painted by Heiko Schlieper, of blessed memory, a well-known Canadian iconographer and scholar, who fell asleep in the Lord in 2008. Father Matthew, worked together with Heiko on several research projects in the early 2000’s, and Matushka Krista and Father Matthew were greatly blessed by his friendship.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

On Saturday 19 August, His Eminence Archbishop Irénee visited Holy Ascension Chapel in Hubbard-Goodeve, SK along with Archpriest Rodion Luciuk and Protodeacon Jesse Isaac, to celebrate the chapel's 100th anniversary.

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