Metropolitan Nicholas' Pastoral Visitation to the Canadian Deanery
June 23 - 27, 2004
His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas, accompanied by Fr. Deacon Michael Ellis, made a canonical visitation to the Canadian Deanery, of which the Very Rev. Fr. Maxym Lysack is dean. Their journey began with the visitation of St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Ontario. Very Rev. Fr. Roberto Ubertino, the founder and adminstrator of the mission to the homeless and hungry of Toronto, also is the pastor of St. Silouan the Athonite Mission Parish. His Eminence also called upon Orthodox Hierarchs including Metropolitan Soterios of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Canada and Archbishop Yuri of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada and on the weekend of June 26-27, His Eminence visited the Christ the Saviour Parish in Ottawa.
The following pictures represent highlights of His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas' visit to Toronto, & Ottawa. Included are pictures of the consecration of the Altar and the tonsure as Reader of Ephraim Pfeil at St. Silouan the Athonite Mission, St. John the Compassionate Mission, St Monastere Vierge Marie la Consolatrice (Monastery of Panagia the Comforter) Orthodox Monastery in Brownsburg, Quebec, Canada and the Hierarchical Liturgy Sunday June 27, 2004 at Christ the Saviour Church with Stoyan Tanev tonsured reader, sub-deacon Michael Laliberte ordained to the diaconate and Rev. Fathers Maxym Lysack and Roberto Ubertino receiving the title of "Very Reverend" and the right to wear the gold cross.
Metropolitan Nicholas is officially welcomed to St. John the Compassionate Mission by Fr. Roberto Urbertino
Metropolitan Nicholas Consecrates the Altar Table at St. Silouan the Athonite Mission Chapel.
Metropolitan Nicholas surrounded by the faithful of St. Silouan Mission during Divine Liturgy
Beautiful wall mural which adorns the dining hall of the mission where 2000 meals a week are served.
"The Grace Divine Which Fills That Which Is Imperfect..." the Sub-deacon Michael Laliberte was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas.
Metropolitan Nicholas tonsurers Ephraim Pfeil as Reader during Liturgy.
Metropolitan Nicholas is greeted with the traditional gifts of bread and salt, prior to Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Silouan the Athonite Mission.
Edna gives testimony regarding the impact St. John the Compassionate Mission has made in her life.
During the Sunday Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Christ the Saviour Church in Ottawa, Canada, Stoyan Tanev was tonsured reader.
Metropolitan Nicholas poses with the sisterhood of St Monastere Vierge Marie la Consolatrice (Monastery of Panagia the Comforter) Orthodox Monastery in Brownsburg, Quebec, Canada
Metropolitan Nicholas poses with the staff and board of directors of the St. John the Compassionate Mission.
An obedience of the self-sustaining monastic community is the raising of livestock.
Metropolitan Nicholas is given a tour of the monastery property. Note the monastery bookstore in the backround.
Fr. Maxym Lysack, Pastor of Christ the Saviour Church and Fr. Roberto Ubertino, Pastor of the St. Siloan the Athonite Mission in Toronto were elevated to the rank of "Very Reverend" with the privilege of wearing the gold cross. Fr. Maxym was distinguished due to his labors as Dean of the Canada Deanery and Fr. Roberto, for his work feeding the hungry and caring for the homeless at the St. John the Compassionate Mission. Through the labors of Fr. Roberto and his parish community over 2000 meals are served each month.
Metropolitan Nicholas poses with the members of the monastic community and diocesan clergy.