St Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Church


A home for Orthodox Christians

  • who want their children to understand the liturgy (we sing it in English), or
  • who want to see North American Orthodox united in one jurisdiction as the canons require.

A home for other Christians

  • who seek the whole Christ-Christ and his Body, the Church,
  • who seek to read the Scriptures in the light of the Holy Spirit speaking to the Church over its entire history, or
  • who seek the Church that does not change with the spirit of the age

A home for seekers

  • who are coming to realize that ideas have consequences, that truth matters, and that the way of self-giving love is the only life worth living,

Questions about the Mission Church

Q. Do you have a Priest?

A. We have Father David Graham Scott, (905) 835-2884 (local call from St Catharines).  Fr David lives in Wainfleet, west of Port Colborne.

Q. Do you have a bishop?

A. Yes. His Grace, the Right Rev. ALEXANDER, Bishop of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and-Upstate New York.  Bishop Alexander lives in Montreal, QC.

Q. Are you part of an archdiocese?

A. Yes. Our Primate is His Eminence, the Most Rev. Metropolitan PHILIP. The web address is  Metropolitan Philip lives in Englewood, NJ.

Q. Who is your patron Saint?

A. St. Ignatius of Antioch was the third bishop of Antioch, following St Peter and St Euodius. His letters written on the way to martyrdom are preserved. St Ignatius was martyred in Rome in 107 AD.

Q. Are non-Orthodox welcome to attend services?

A. Yes!  Orthros (Matins) at 9:45 AM, followed immediately by the Divine Liturgy at 10:30 AM.  We fast for at least six hours before taking Holy Communion, usually from midnight on. 

We invite non-Orthodox to experience the Liturgy for several months and to study holy Orthodoxy.  After six to twelve months non-Orthodox can ask our Priest for baptism or chrismation into the Church. (Baptism with water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is not normally repeated.)

Q. What books should I read?

A. Any one of:

 Fr Anthony Canaris, Introducing the Orthodox Church; Its faith and life (Light & life);

Timothy Ware (Bishop Kallistos), The Orthodox Church (New Edition) (Penguin);

Fr Thomas Hopko, The Orthodox Faith in 4 volumes (The Orthodox Church m America).

You can order these books from (952-925-3888).

Q. What happens after the service?

We usually have refreshments, in the living room of the house (75 Rolls Ave) attached to the Church (332 Carlton St.)  Open to all! 

Since we fast for at least six hours before receiving Holy Communion, we hold a pot-luck supper after Vesperal Divine Liturgies.

Mission Statement of St Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Church, St Catharines

As St Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Church we aim to glorify God the Father Almighty:

  • by believing in his only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

  • by worshipping him in the communion of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:14),

  • by growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Pet 3:16),

  • by living according to the Spirit (Rom 8:5), stirring up love and good works (Heb 10:24)

We believe that truth matters and liberates (Jn 8:32) and sanctifies (Jn 17:17).

We believe in the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, which does not change with the spirit of the times but is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim 3:15).

We welcome anyone in the Niagara Region who is seeking the truth and Christ's way of life.

We worship God in English, while respecting our diverse ethnic and linguistic heritage.



Adopted AGM 2011.05.01




Sunday Mornings
Orthos 9:45 AM
Divine Liturgy 10:30 AM
332 Carlton St., St. Catharines