St. Ilija Macedonian Orthodox Church, Mississauga

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St. Ilija
View of St. Ilija Macedonian Orthodox Church
Location 1775 Bristol Road West
Mississauga, Ontario
L5M 2Y5
Country  Canada
Denomination Macedonian Orthodox Church
Website st-ilija.org
History
Founded 1979
Administration
Diocese American-Canadian
Clergy
Pastor(s) Rev Konstantin Mitrovski

St. Ilija (Macedonian: Св. Илија), is a Macedonian Orthodox Church named after the Prophet Elijah. It is located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

History[edit]

The Macedonian church parish in Mississauga was founded in 1979. The first church building was located on 290 Derry Rd West. In 1997 the parish relocated to its Streetsville location, restoring and converting a former art gallery into a church. In 2000 the church fell victim to an arson attack and a large portion of the building was destroyed. After raising funds from the local parish community, the decision came forth to build a new church. Foundations were laid on a new location on September 7, 2002, and was completed in 2004.

In the church there is a women's auxiliary, a church choir, a Macedonian language school with religious classes, a senior citizens club as well as a folk dance group. Within the lower level of the church building there is a banquet hall. St. Ilija participates in annual cultural city events such as "Carassauga". The church also owns "St. Ilija Macedonian Park", a 30-acre (120,000 m2) lot purchased for $350,000 CAD located near Derry Rd & Hurontario St in Mississauga.

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Coordinates: 43°34′59″N 79°42′25″W / 43.58315°N 79.7069°W / 43.58315; -79.7069