"I was amazed to read, in the January 2021 issue of the 'Anglican Journal' ['Orthodox schools finds "natural home" at Trinity', p. 6] and interview with Canon David Neelands in which he claims 'that before Trinity [College] offered its Orthodox and Eastern Christian studies program, the Orthodox church had no real presence at the University of Toronto. Surely Canon Neelands remembers when, as Orthodox chaplain to the University of Toronto, I was preacher at St. Thomas, Huron Street. He was, I remember, associated with that parish at the time. I was invited by the then-chancellor of the university George Ignatieff, with the blessing of Archbishop Sylvester of Montreal, to be Orthodox chaplain, a position I held from 1981 to 1985. This very fruitful ministry, which made use of the Hart House chapel was financially supported by the Eastern Orthodox Clergy Council of Toronto and Hamilton. Many lecturers, including John Meyendorff and Bishop Henry Hill, took part in this ministry". "Fifteen members of the campus ministry were baptized or chrismated during this time, including Lawrence Farley, who became a priest and is a prolific author of Scripture commentaries. These members went on to found St. Joseph of Arimathea Orthodox Parish, the only all-English-language parish in Toronto. This parish, founded under Blessed Metropolitan Philaret and Archbishop Vitaly of Montreal, went on to relocate twice in order to accommodate growth".
Author "Fr. Belden, St. Theodore of Canterbury Orthodox Mission, Toronto".