I am honoured and humbled to have been called to serve as the next pastor of St. Basil’s Parish in light of its rich 160-year history.

As I prepare for this role, I trust the simple and encouraging words a seasoned pastor spoke to me, “Love the people, and they will love you”. The love of Jesus Christ is the message that I heard preached by the Basilians I first met and the message that I hope people will continue to hear and experience at St. Basil’s.

St. Paul wrote, “The gifts that Christ gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13).

Already, this is happening at St. Basil’s. I look forward to what lies ahead with the help of the Holy Spirit to guide us as we make known Jesus’s loving ministry and presence in the heart of Toronto for years to come.


Rev. Morgan V. Rice, CSB