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.
The church has a capacity for over 675 seated worshipers and ample parking facilities. The iconography of the church was completed by Mr. G. Papastamatiou in 1975, and was sponsored mostly by private donors of our community. In addition to the masterful Byzantine style icons, another area of attention are the iconostasis which are a skilled hand-craft.
St. Irene Chrysovalantou came from visions of the Greek decent in Toronto’s Greek area of the Danforth. The Danforth was home to many Greeks, and they recognized the only thing missing in their Greek town was their church. In 1974, construction began on Gough Ave., as an old car shop was being transformed into the church we know today.
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church was built in 1981 during the presidency of the late Dr. Leonidas Polymenakos. Located on Warden, south of Ellesmere, it is ideally located in the heart of Scarborough, easily servicing area residents. Unfortunately, in January 1991, a fire completely destroyed the Church. The fire and destruction of the Church did however have very positive results. “Ouden kakon ameiges kalou” means “In every bad happening, there is something good”. It showed the strength of our community as everyone rallied behind the Church and the Greek Community to have the Church rebuilt.