St. George’s Orthodox Church of Brantford is an English-language Orthodox Christian mission parish in Brantford, Ontario.
We are a community of the Archdiocese of Canada, of the Orthodox Church in America, part of the original Orthodox Christian mission to the native peoples of Alaska over two centuries ago.
The Orthodox Church dates to the Apostles of Jesus Christ, through the age of the martyrs, the Church Fathers, and the great Councils of Christianity.
The Orthodox Church in Canada is multicultural and multilingual, continuing the same practice of ancient Christianity that existed before the emergence of various cultural jurisdictions (Russian, Greek, Serbian, Ukrainian, etc.) a century ago.
For many years, the Ontario Deanery and the Hamilton parish have carefully considered the missionary options for sharing Christ and His Church in Ontario. The Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk area – with Brantford at its centre – was identified as the area most in need of a traditional, English-language Orthodox community.
Why St. George?
One small community in the Brantford area bears the name of Canada’s patron saint – but his significance to Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk is much deeper.
His patronage reflects the settlement of the immediate vicinity by working class English immigrants a century ago, as well as his original patronage of the Six Nations Native Reserve, just outside the city. He is also Canada’s patron saint, whose colours are seen in our national flag. Saint George is a mighty intercessor before the throne of God on behalf of those who struggle for Christian truth against evil.