We are Catholics in communion with the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, whom we recognize as the visible Head of the Catholic Church. Our Mission was established in 2001 under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto. In June 2010, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI transferred the existing Romanian Catholic Missions under the jurisdiction of Most Rev. John Michael Botean, Bishop of the Romanian Catholic Diocese of Canton in USA (www.romaniancatholic.org/2013/04/364/"). Bishop John Michael Botean is now the Bishop of all Romanian Catholics of Byzantine Rite in USA and Canada. As part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, we are identified as Eastern Catholics and share the same faith and we have the same seven Sacraments. The difference is that as Eastern Catholics, we have a different way, or Rite, of expressing our Faith in regards to Liturgy, customs and theology.
We have shared the same church building with our "sister" church, the Annunciation Byzantine Romanian Catholic Mission (of the Eastern Rite) since October 2001. As of March 2013, their pastor is Fr. Ionel Maier with the former pastor, Fr. Emil Jude working as a Weekend Assistant. They celebrate Sunday Mass at 12:30 pm. Much more detailed information on the above web page.
OLPH is a member of the Churches-on-the-Hill Ministerial, an historical ecumenical association of the churches in the Yonge-St. Clair area. The churches jointly sponsor several events such as the annual canned food drive, World Day of Prayer and the Good Friday walk. It comprises of nine churches:
• Calvin Presbyterian
• Christ Church Deer Park Anglica
• Deer Park United Church
• Grace Church on-the-Hill Anglican
• Holy Rosary Catholic Church
• OLPH Catholic Church
• St. John's Latvian Lutheran Church
• Timothy Eaton Memorial Church
• Yorkminster Park Baptist Church