St. Theodore of Canterbury English-language Orthodox Mission is the result of many years of evolution… from the Orthodox Campus Ministry at the University of Toronto (1981-1985), to the first St. Joseph of Arimathea Parish, meeting at St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church (1985-1995), during which time our numbers grew to such an extent that a move to a larger facility in North York was necessitated. In 2010, yet another move, this time outside Toronto took place in order to accommodate continual growth.
The Rev’d. David Burrows, rector of St. Olave’s Anglican Church offered the side chapel of the church for Orthodox services, and Fr. David Belden came out of retirement to accept. St. Dunstan’s Orthodox Mission operated from ’07-’12, a full five years. This period saw the baptism of Jeremy Burrows, the rector’s son, who has since been ordained deacon.
St. Dunstan’s was closed in 2012 when the invitation to return to St. Nectarios was accepted. The Mission reorganized as St. Theodore of Canterbury Orthodox parish and has seen continual growth from 2012 until the present.
St. Theodore’s remain the only all English-language parish in Toronto following the church calendar, and belonging to the Synod of the True Orthodox Christians.