Hesychasterion of the Most Holy Mary, Toronto, Ontario

General Details




Archdiocese of Canada (OCA)


'Churched' by Greek Archdiocese of Toronto & All Canada

Head Priest

Elder Pierre (Blais), ThD [non-priest]

Feast Day

October 14 - Slavic Holy Protection of the Theotokos

Second Feast Day

October 28 - Greek Holy Protection of the Theotokos

Historical Details

Build - Founding Year



The Hesychastic Society of the Most Holy Mary/Wawasinno Ki'chi Wa Mali'i Waabanowigaan began in 2009 as a Metochion of the Monastery of St. Silouan the Athonite. In 2016 the Monastery was dissolved; and the Hesychastic Society was reformed as a Hesychasterion and since has been 'churched' by the Greek Archdiocese. On Oct. 18, 2018 it was charged to commemorate the Patriarch of Constantinople, and Metropolitan Sotirios; we choose to also commemorate Metropolitan Yurij of the UOCC. The Hesychasterion is comprised of 2 sanctified kellia (2011, 2012) in downtown TO, and 2 addresses located on Tribal lands. The Hesychasterion is open to admitting or associating with hesychastically inclined Orthodox, including Aboriginal Orthodox, and Orthodox with challenges which can be accomodated into the brotherhood. It remains the first monastic brotherhood founded by Aboriginals and the only by Autists. The 'waabanowigaan,' in synergy with the Holy Spirit, seeks to express this relationship by attempting to advance in 8 graces: 1. gentle hesychasm; 2. the folly of innocence; 3. fraternity; 4. idiorythmy; 5. egalitarianism; 6. the ascesis of art and play (eutrapelia); 7. devotion to the Holy Cross & Holy Mysterion; and 8. devotion to the Most Holy Mary. It has been called upon, at times, to assume a missionary role, or responsibilities in which a priest is not always suited or available.


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Services info

As a Hesychasterion, no services are open to the public. People may feel free to email a request of prayers, blessings, and candles to be lit, at our discretion. We counsel known-to-us and regional monastics, clergy, benefactors and associates. Home visitations are reserved for on-Reservation. We edit, write, research; and make and repair custom Aboriginal cultural, and Orthodox religious, artifacts as time permits. We may be reached by email, and respond by email or IP-Relay. Please include phone number in email for IP-Relay option.