Greek Orthodox Cathedral
     Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, Toronto, Canada
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Panagia

 
The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Cathedral, known popularly by its Greek name of “Panagia”, was opened in 1961. It celebrates the two major Feast Days in honour of the Virgin Mary as its Patronal Feastdays: the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (Evangelismos) on March 25th, together with Greek Independence Day; and the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (Koimisis) on August 15th. 

After a devastating fire in 2000, the Cathedral has been beautifully restored according to the traditional Byzantine architectural plan of Orthodox Churches, with a grand Dome supported by eight columns, inspired by the Grand Cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople built by Justinian in 537 A.D..   The Architectural plans were drawn up by Master Architect and Archon Christ J. Kamages of  CJK Design Group of San Rafael, California.  The exquisite Byzantine Icons in the Altar were written by the Master Iconographer Father Theodore Koufos of Toronto, while the Baroque wooden Iconostasis, Altar Table, Cantor’s Stand and Bishop’s Throne were hand-carved by Master Wood Sculptor Stylianos Kavroulakis of Hania Crete. The Cathedral holds over 850 seated worshippers, and has parking facilities for 50 cars. Located in the West end of Toronto, just east of High Park and the Roncesvalles Village neighbourhoods, the Cathedral serves parishioners from across the G.T.A. It is easily accessible by car from the Gardiner Expressway (a 5 minute drive from the Jameson exit) and by TTC, a short distance from the West Dundas subway stop or the Sorauren stop on the 501 Queen Streetcar Route. 

The current Parish Priest of Panagia is Father Peter Avgeropoulos, who has served the Cathedral since the 1st of September 1996. Fr. Peter has the distinction of being the first Canadian-born Greek Orthodox Priest now serving in the Greek Orthodox Church of Canada. He is also a Professor of Patristics at the Toronto Orthodox Theological Academy, as well as the Director of Interchurch Relations for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Canada. 
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Programs & Ministries of Panagia Cathedral

    Parish Priest:          Protopresbyter Fr. Peter J. Avgeropoulos
    Church Address:     136 Sorauren Av, Toronto, ON  M6R 2E4
    Priest’s phone:        416-378-7428
    Email:                    fatherpeter@sympatico.ca
    Greek Community Office:    416-537-2665mailto:fatherpeter@sympatico.cashapeimage_4_link_0