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The St Maria of Paris Lived Theology School is a way to serve and to learn through prayer and theological reflection.

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Real Orthodox Mission

We need to learn ways of doing “mission work” that flow out of our theology, our liturgy and of our Orthodox experience of God and salvation.

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Do you have a year to give?

Do you have a year to actively serve the poor and disadvantaged in the context of a full Orthodox liturgical life? Can you give one year to really seeking God’s will in your life or to finding, perhaps, new ways to serve the Church? Do you want a year in which to discover and develop your talents?

If you do I want to invite you personally to consider this new opportunity to serve the poor, to reflect theologically and to deepen your Orthodox faith by experiencing first-hand what inner-city mission work is like and to live, serve, learn and grow in community with people from other parts of the world.

With the blessing of our late bishop, Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos, of the Carpatho-Russian Diocese of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we were established as a diocesan apostolate. We continue through the prayers of our new bishop, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa. We are able to offer any adult Orthodox Christian, male or female, a unique opportunity of learning, living and praying our Orthodox faith through the service of the poor and marginalized. This opportunity is open to any person who is willing to share fully our Orthodox community life.

With over 27 years of active service among the poor of Toronto, the St John the Compassionate Mission wishes to establish this Lived Theology School, a school of service of the Lord, as an innovative and creative way of sharing with others the experience of these years, in the hope that you will learn with us and will take this experience into your own lives and parishes and create new ways of being involved in your local community and in the lives of all those in need.

If you think this could be for you, welcome again! Please learn more by browsing through this website or contacting us.

Fr Roberto
Executive Director
St John the Compassionate Mission, Toronto