The Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral "St. Clement of Ohrid" has been the centre of the Macedonian community in North America for almost 60 years. On October 31, 1962, a Charter and church congregation were formed, effectively commencing the construction of what would become the spiritual matriarch to over 25 Macedonian Orthodox Churches, and over 750,000 ethnic Macedonians living in North American. After months of fundraising, in April of 1964, the construction of St. Clement began. Within one year, the structure was completed. April 18, 1965 was the day that Macedonians in Canada will remember forever - the Consecration of the Macedonian Orthodox Church "St. Clement of Ohrid" in Toronto. Today, St. Clement of Ohrid not only tends to the spiritual needs of Toronto's Macedonian community, but it is also community centre and a home to several prominent educational, cultural and charitable organizations that actively preserve and promote the Macedonian ethnic and cultural awareness.
Our church members come from Toronto and the surrounding area, and has grown since 1962, when the St. Clement of Ohrid organization was initially formed.
If you would like to become a member of our congregation, please download and print the Membership Application form, fill it out and have 2 current members sponsor your membership. You can bring the form to St. Clement Cathedral for review with your annual fee or you can email it to us and call in to pay your membership fee.Fill out an application now
Vasil (Bill) Malinof
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a Macedonian man was standing and pleading with him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
Macedonia is mentioned in the Bible many times.
The first place touched by Christianity in Europe was in Philipi, Macedonia by St. Paul after having the above vision in his sleep in the year 49 A.D. The first person converted to Christianity in Europe was a Macedonian woman named Lydia who was living in Philipi, Macedonia.
Christianity spread throughout Macedonia and in 1019 A.D. the Ohrid Archbishopric of the Macedonian Orthodox Church was established. The Macedonian brothers Kiril and Methody translated the bible from Hebrew to Glagolitsa so that it could be understood by all Slavic peoples who lived throughout Southern, Central and Eastern Europe. Macedonian Saints Cyril and Methody, Saint Naum, Saint Clement, and others spread the word of God throughout all of Europe, reaching as far as Germany, and Russia.
The Macedonian Orthodox Church was central to the Macedonian identity and culture throughout the centuries. Many wars and empires have passed through Macedonia and the Balkans, including the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. In the early 19th century, as a result of the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913, Macedonia was divided and occupied by Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Albania. The MOC continues to be the guiding light through which Macedonians from all parts of Macedonia and the world join together and celebrate our religion and culture.
St. Clement of Ohrid Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral is the guiding light for our Macedonian Community here in Toronto, Canada. In 1962 it was the first Macedonian Orthodox Church established in North America. It is the place where the Macedonian community and their many organizations come together. St. Clement is truly a church and a community centre.
St. Clement of Ohrid is administered by an Executive Committee and Board of Directors which is elected for a two-year mandate. Their responsibility is to work and oversee the functioning of the church, including making repairs, organizing functions, co-ordinating various church groups. In doing this they are celebrating and preserving the Macedonian Orthodox religion, culture, traditions, customs, food, language, and history in Canada.
St. Clement of Ohrid also has many active sections. The main section is the Ladies’ Auxiliary. No one can match their enthusiasm and dedication to the church and community. Hosting many bazaars, bake sales, luncheons, garage sales, and other fundraising efforts are a routine part of their activities. They are experts in making and displaying Macedonian food, traditions and clothing. The Ladies’ Auxiliary also host an annual Fashion Show, as well as organize a number of trips throughout Canada and the United States to visit other Macedonian Churches and Monasteries. Its important to remember that there is multiple opportunities for the members to socialize and develop friendships as they carry out their activities to help the church and community.
We have a very active Goce Delcev Seniors Club, representing our senior Macedonians. They organize a low cost, hot lunch on Thursdays at the church. It is a great way to socialize and get to know new and “old” members of our community.
We also have a Literary Club and a Bowling Club which organize events and functions throughout the year.
We are proud to have a Macedonian Language School and Bible Studies on Sundays from 10 am to noon and it is attended by many children from the age of 5 up to teenagers.
If anyone wants to volunteer some of their time to help with the day-to-day activities at St Clement of Ohrid Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral in Toronto, Canada, please contact us. We can be reached by email, telephone, or visit us in person. Our information is available on the contact page.