Vancouver BC Saint John of Shanghai Orthodox Church 2005

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Vancouver, BC, Church of Saint John of Shanghai and Saint Nina of Georgia, 2005


Prehistory

The Orthodox Church in the name of Saint John of Shanghai in Vancouver, British Columbia, is an English-language Orthodox parish of the Archdiocese of Canada in the The Orthodox Church in America. It is, in fact, the only wholly English-language Orthodox Church in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia.

This parish began as a mission on 15 August, 2005, as a "daughter parish" and “church-plant” of Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Langley. Saint Herman's Church was, for many years, the only canonical English-language Orthodox Church in the whole of the Lower Mainland.

Establishment of missions ; merger ; establishment of the mission

In the summer of 2006, there was a merger of Saint John's with the Saint Nina of Georgia Orthodox Mission – another English-language Orthodox mission in Vancouver whose priest had moved to Ontario. Therefore, the mission’s full name is actually Saint John of Shanghai and Saint Nina of Georgia Orthodox Church, a rather large name for what is still a rather small (although growing) mission.

First chapel

The community of Saint John is currently meeting in the chapel of what used to be a Franciscan convent, an historic building located in East Vancouver, on the corner of Napier Street and Semlin Drive, directly across the street from Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church. Many parishioners (including the priest and deacon) are converts to Orthodox Christianity, which makes Saint John’s a particularly great place to encounter the riches of the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition for the first time. As the Apostle Philip said to Nathaniel, “Come and see” (Saint John 1:46).


Saint John of Shanghai Parish Vancouver.jpg Parishioners


The parish follows the New (Revised Julian) Calendar.

The Altar Feast-day of this parish is the Feast of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco, 2 July. The secondary Feast-day is the Feast of Saint Nino of Georgia, 14 January.

In 2018, the pastor of the parish is the Priest Justin E Hewlett. The deacon of the parish is Deacon Dr. Peter Choi.


Address :

Saint John of Shanghai Orthodox Church

1967, Napier Street

Vancouver, British Columbia

V5L 2N6

Telephone : 604-541-7343

Web-site : http://www.stjohnofshanghai.org

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Directions :

By car :

The Temple is found in East Vancouver on the corner of Napier Street and Semlin Drive, and across the street from Saint Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church.

It is 1 block east of Victoria Drive, and 4 blocks west of Nanaimo Street.

From Highway 1, exit at Broadway East or Hastings East, and drive west to Victoria Drive. Turn left from Hastings, or right from Broadway onto Victoria Drive.

Napier is north of 1st Avenue East.

From the western part of the city, approach either by Hastings or Broadway. Turn right onto Victoria Drive from Hastings, or left onto Victoria Drive from Broadway.

By bus :

Vancouver Transit offers bus service on Victoria Drive and on Nanaimo Street.


Priest Justin Edward Hewlett

2959, 168 Street

Surrey, British Columbia

V3S 0A7

Telephone : 604-541-7343

Mobile : 778-737-5646

E-mail : frjustin@stjohnofshanghai.org


Reference :

Archdiocese listing


Additional information :

Parish web-site

OCA listing

Orthodox World listing

Archbishop Irénée (Rochon)

Archdiocese of Canada

Saint John (Maximovitch)