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Living in Community

St. John the Compassionate Mission is an apostolate of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese.

We are an Orthodox Christian community living daily in obedience to the Gospel and the living tradition of the Orthodox Church.

The particular asceticism that we are called to live is one that opens our doors to the marginalized and those who for different reasons find themselves also on the of the periphery of the church. This “harsh and dreadful Love” (Fyodor Dostoevsky) has its own demands and rhythm. Wisdom is needed to be able to grow in holiness in it. P. Nicolaie, the spiritual father of the community, the weekly theological reflections, time at the hermitage, and the intense life of prayer, allow for this way of life to take deep roots in us.

The community was founded on the example of St. John the Merciful and the Fathers of the Church, especially St. Basil the Great and St. John Chrysostom. It has also been influenced by the more contemporary writings and the examples of Mother Maria of Paris, Mother Gavriela, Charles de Foucauld, St. Silouan of Athos, and Archbishop Anastasios of Albania.

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The community began as a small mission in a poor neighbourhood in Toronto, over 35 years ago. The main building of the Mission has a beautiful chapel, a gift to us from the ‘Pain de Vie’ community, with beautiful icons donated from Madonna House. We also have an artisanal bakery (beside the main building), and a thrift store, where we recycle items donated. The bread used in the Divine Liturgy is baked by our community each week.

Some of the community members live at Lourmel House, just two minutes from the main building.

We welcome anyone to come and share in our life. You don’t need to be Orthodox, but you do need to be willing to participate in the life of this community, centered on the liturgical and prayer life of the Orthodox Church. Short visits can be always arranged by writing or calling Fr. Nicolaie.

We are especially looking for people who would like to come and stay for a longer term (a minimum of three months) as serving guests. Room and board can be provided. The serving guests, as they are called, would be expected to participate fully in the life and ministries of the community.

Click here to see a pamphlet with more details on Brothers and Sisters of Mercy.

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155 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, Canada M4M 2E9
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