30 Years of Greek Culture in York Region
In the 1980s, York Region experienced a large influx of Greek Orthodox Christians in the region, and the need was felt for a church here.
With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, the first Greek Orthodox Church was founded in Markham, at 27 Mintleaf Gate in December of 1989. A portable building was converted into a fully functional Orthodox Church, with the warmth and charm of a Greek village church. On December 8th, the Eve of the Conception of the Theotokos by St. Anna, the first services were held in this new church.
The congregation soon outgrew the property and a new location was needed. In 1992, the Mintleaf property was sold and church services were held temporarily at the Markham Museum.
The parish purchased the property at its present location on 11359 Warden Avenue in April of 1994, and the portable church was transferred there. The modest facilities had serviced the congregation well, both as a place of worship, and with a second portable that functioned as a place of fellowship. With the Grace of God, the parish had once again outgrown its facilities and there was a great need to build and expand to a much larger as well as permanent home on our current 13.5 acre property. This is where we stand today.