|Father Nicolaie, the Spiritual Father and serving priest of St. John the Compassionate Mission, also serves as Spiritual Father at St Zoticos and is available for confessions and sacraments.
Father was born in Solca, Romania. He attended West University of Timisoara (Romania) Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, where he earned a Masters in Social Psychology and graduated from four years of seminary. His knowledge of Orthodoxy is not only academic or from just reading books, but from having actually lived under Ceausescu and then the fall of communism in Romania. Father’s experience of Orthodoxy and its influence in society comes from a lived experience, an experience that helps him understand the reality in which the Mission finds itself witnessing the Orthodox faith.
After coming to Canada he earned an MSW from U of T.
After humbly serving over twelve years at the Mission, where all of his four children grew up, he was chosen to lead our community. The community also petitioned our ruling bishop to ordain him to the priesthood. His leadership is in continuity of the original spirit of the Mission, as well as a new deepening of the Mission’s life.
His wife Presbytera Michaela beautifully serves as a cantor.
Father is sought by many people for counseling and as a spiritual father, both in the church and outside the Mission.
He serves and leads by words that are inspiring, but also by a humble nurturing care of each person. He is a prolific writer, winning several literary awards back in Romania. He now publishes a weekly inspirational text for our Sunday bulletin – some of these writings can be heard on Ancient Faith.
Our community is deeply grateful for Father’s leadership, and is witnessing a renewal of people and good works.
|Sub-deacon Arsenio, originally from the Philippines, speaks fluent Tagalog, is married and has two children, also serving at the Mission.
|Brother Luke serves as an ordained Reader and leads the weekly daily services. He came to Orthodoxy from the United Church of Canada.