Pastor: Fr. Chris Valka, C.S.B.
|Associate Pastor: Fr. Kenneth Decker, C.S.B.|
|Pastoral Associate: Maria di Paolo|
|Administrative Assistant: Mary Hopper|
|Music Director: Michael O’Connor|
|Principal Organist: John Paul Farahat (10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon and 4:30 p.m.)|
|Assistant Organist: Nancy Sicsic (5:00 p.m. (Saturday Vigil) and 9:00 a.m. (Sunday))|
|Children’s Sacramental Preparation: Emily vanBerkum
St Basil’s Church was founded in 1856 and is the third oldest church in the city of Toronto after St. Paul’s Basilica (1822) and St. Michael’s Catherdral (1845). The land on which the church was built, Clover Hill, was open country and situated well to the north of the city as it was then. Over the intervening years Toronto grew enormously and what was then a country parish is now located well within the heart of downtown Toronto. We are the collegiate church of the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, as well as being the parish church to our parishioners who come to worship here from all over the city. Since October 2007, we have been the home of the National Televised Daily Mass, reaching people in their homes all over Canada. The Daily Mass is broadcast six days a week on Vision TV, the Crossroads Television Network, and Salt and Light TV.
The patron saint of St. Basil’s Church, St. Basil the Great, was born in 329 AD in Caesarea in Asia Minor. He died in 379 AD. St. Basil was a teacher, a preacher and a monk. He is also the patron of the Congregation of St. Basil, also known as the Basilians, or the Basilian Fathers, the religious order of priests that founded the University of St. Michael’s College and St. Basil’s Church.