A Parish, A Mission, A Bakery …
WELCOME to St. Silouan the Athonite, a mission parish of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Established in 2004 by our God-loving Metropolitan, Nicholas of Amissos, we are “one body and one spirit in Christ” with St. John the Compassionate Mission.
St. John the Compassionate Mission is an Apostolate of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, in co-operation with local Orthodox churches of Greater Toronto serving anyone in need since 1987.
Our purpose is to be and to build an inclusive community through the gifts and the needs that each of us brings. This Community of Love is a place of healing and nourishment occurring through awakening the God-given dignity and value of each person, while responding to each person’s needs.
St. John’s Bakery is one of Toronto’s finest and most unique artisan bakeries. The bread we bake is made in the French style using recipes that come from a small village bakery in the French province of Brittany. We use certified organic flour, much of it supplied by Ontario Mennonite farmers. Our bakery is located in St. John the Compassionate Mission in the Toronto neighbourhood of Riverdale. We serve as a training ground for people on the margins of society seeking some work experience. Bakery workers have included refugees, people struggling with addictions, people with emotional troubles or mental illness, single parents struggling with poverty as well as the mentally handicapped.