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After the fall of communism, , the Greek Catholic Romanian Church begun to rebuild its life of faith in Romania. Undertaking the reconstruction of the structures of his Church, Bishop Kir Vasile Hossu, the titular bishop of Oradea – of blessed memory – has wisely also to reconsider the situation of Greek Catholic Romanians abroad, starting with those in the Canadian Diaspora.

After having ordained as priest the engineer Radu Roscanu in May 1991, he responded to the invitation of the Canadian mission Aid tot the Martyr Churches, and visited Canada in 1992.

Here, he noted with sadness the precarious situation of the Greek Catholic Romanian Church in Canada: only one old priest at work, but who had no parish structure, who did not belong to any structure of the Romanian Greek Catholic Church, who was framed as a Roman Catholic vicar in a Roman Catholic parish of Montreal, who was a member of a Roman Catholic congregation and who looked himself as being bi-ritualist, who had no help from the Roman Catholic hierarchy from Montreal, who had no established links with other Greek-Catholics here, who braked his links with his homeland of Romania, and who was in opposition with the Romanian Orthodox churches here.


Faced with this reality, the Romanian bishop kir Vasile Hossu decided to travel to Toronto to visit bishop Kir Isidore Borecky, titular eparch of the Greek Catholic Ukrainians, asking Him the help of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic sister Church.

It was a memorable meeting, deeply fraternal and very fruitful. In a climate of deep affinity and priestly fraternity, the two hierarchs decided to start a common initiative:
Kir Isidore Borecky welcomed the Reverend Radu Roscanu under his permanent sacerdotal protection by incardination forever in the priestly life and founded an Eparchial Mission to gather and consolidate the Romanian Greco-Catholic Byzantines in Montreal and to work in the Quebec province.

This Mission was designed not as an ethnic ghetto, but as a mission to open the doors of Orthodoxy for all Canadians and French-speaking or English-speaking faithful, as well as to all Romanians who would be willing to accept the Byzantine orthodox tradition of the Church of the Seven Councils and the Holy Fathers. This Mission was entrusted with the following goals: to promote the tradition of genuine Orthodox Byzantine origins (by refusing any ethnic ecclesiological confinement, by eliminating any Latinization of rituals and theology; by developing ecumenism, by promoting the peace and especially the irenic reconciliation with the Orthodox Sister Church); to promote monasticism in North America; to participate in the reconstruction of the Mother Church in Romania (in the same spirit of rejection of the Latinization and a resumption of the life of faith, as intended by its founding Fathers of this Church, even with the strict conservation of the identity of its Orthodox origins); to search for facilities and scholarships for priests and students.

To that mission was also given the task to establish parishes, to develop ways of ecumenical reconciliation with the Orthodox sister churches, to promote the tradition and Orthodox Easter monasticism, to take part to the rebuilding of the churches in the homeland of origin, to find ways to help physically and morally priests and faithful in need and distress.

This new context has allowed the formation of the first Greek-Catholic Byzantine (Orthodox) parish in Canada, the parish of the Holy Transfiguration in 1992 in Montreal. This parish was bilingual, sharing the culture of Canada. The parish was then blessed in a special way by the award by bishop Kir Isidore of the Church of St. Josaphat as a place to worship. Thus Byzantine Greek Catholics Romanians and the faithful members of the Francophone community of faith have their first church in Canada, grace to bishop Kir Isidore and also to Bishop Kir Vasile Hossu and to the Ukrainian Catholic brothers in faith.

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