His Grace Bishop Gabriel visited Calgary (Alberta)

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On Saturday, October 22, 2010, His Grace, Gabriel, Bishop of Montreal and Canada, accompanied by deacon Alexander Morin, arrived in Calgary (Alberta) from Vancouver (British Columbia). The church of All Saints, here, celebrated its 80th anniversary. According to the parish records, the first time the mystery of baptism was performed on October 12th, 1930. Initially, the services were held in a Protestant church, but in 1932, after the ever-memorable Archbishop Joasaph (Skorodoumov) arrived in Canada from Yogoslavia, the parish began the building of its own church. The building project was completed in 1934 and the church was consecrated by Vladyka Joasaph (to note, the 80th anniversary of the consecration of Vladyka, who became known as the enlightener of Canada, to the episcopate was recently solemnly celebrated in Montreal, with the Very Most Reverend Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, attending.

The feast for the parishioners of the church of All Saints was augmented due to the fact that the 25th anniversary of the ordination of its rector – Protopriest George Primak, who was given a Diocesan gramota to mark the occasion, fell on the same date. Next day, Sunday, October 23rd, with a large number of the faithful attending, His Grace, Bishop Gabriel, served the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.