The profile of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo St. Mary Church in Toronto shows an exemplary long journey of determined unity and harmony among the clergy and congregation members resulting in a historic construction of a new church building where full church services are being delivered to the Ethiopian community in Toronto.
Indeed it is a powerful and shining example of what can be achieved when people are united under a common objective/faith and strive in love, peace, tolerance and harmony benefiting a community and society at large.
When the need to have a new and larger church building became apparent due to the ever increasing size of the congregation and high maintenance cost of the old church building fundraising schemes for the new church building were initiated in 2000.
On April 18, 2010 the foundation stone for the new church building was laid in the presence of Archbishops, the Clergy, various parishes, distinguished invited guests comprising Federal, Provincial and City officials, members of Canada Council of Churches, other invited guests and the enthusiastic members of the congregation.
In November 2010 ground breaking for Phase I of the construction was began. The period between 2010 and 2012 was marked by unparalleled and successful fundraising events and programs that are too many to list.
On November 17, 2012, the new church building was consecrated in the presence of Archbishops, the Clergy, many distinguished guests including other church leaders, members of Canada Council of Churches, Federal, Provincial and City Officials and members of the congregation.
The total cost of construction including the value of donated skilled labor, materials and professional service amounts to over can $7 million.
Bikila Award congratulates Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo St. Mary Church of Toronto for being selected as Community Service Excellence Award winner for the extraordinary achievement in bringing Ethiopians together to build a cathedral that has become a lasting foot print of Ethiopians in Canada and a major architectural and artistic contribution to the Canadian cultural mosaic.