St. Mark’s Parish in Toronto

torontochurchThe Church started in 1964, when H.H. Pope Kyrollos VI ordained Fr. Marcos A. Marcos as the first priest to cater for the Copts in North America.  He resided in Toronto, but served the Copts across the continent alone for 3 years when other priest was ordained.  He established the first Church in Toronto in the name of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church.  By the grace of God, the first seeds sown by Fr. Marcos 45 years ago, have now flourished into 37 Coptic Orthodox parishes in Canada and more than 200 in the U.S.A.

The Church was built in her current location in Scarborough 32 years ago. With the sea of Coptic immigrants and the overwhelming growth of the Coptic community in a short time, the church building underwent its first expansion project in 1992.  The Cultural centre was a fully integrated addition to the original church building and featured a Coptic museum, a large hall, and a number of Sunday school classes.  The legacy of St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church continues when in November 1996, H.H. Pope Shenouda III cut the ribbon for the grand opening of St. Mark’s Coptic Museum, the only one of its kind out of Egypt.

Today, St. Mark’s is an active and vibrant community. There are numerous services and activities on a daily basis for the approximately 4000 parishioners and surrounding community.  The church’s corridors are alive with the sounds of praise, worship and fellowship; under the pastoral care of five priests. Divine Liturgies, Bible Studies, youth meetings, senior citizens’ activities, family counseling, a children’s summer camp, an employment center, heritage festivals, vespers praises and prayers, and more, enliven the church’s corridors daily. Moreover, throughout her years, St. Mark’s church has nurtured and produced a number of servants now fully dedicated to the ministry, including bishops, proto-priests, priests, monks and nuns.

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