Church marks century in community

A group photo of several dozen people.
The congregation and clergy of St. George on Yonge join Bishop Andrew and Mary Asbil during the anniversary celebrations.
 on May 30, 2023

St. George on Yonge closed out a year of celebrating 100 years in the Willowdale community with Bishop Andrew Asbil presiding over its patronal service on April 23. Bishop Asbil was assisted by the Rev. Canon Sister Constance Joanna Gefvert, the Rev. Leonard Leader and the Rev. Pierre Niyongere.

Bishop Asbil gave an inspiring homily, recognizing the parish’s accomplishment of serving Willowdale for 100 years as it grew from farmland to a diverse and urban community. He was very optimistic for the future of St. George on Yonge, looking forward to a further 100 years of meaningful service in an ever-evolving community.

As it was the Feast of St. George, the congregation was encouraged to wear red and white, echoed by the flowers on display. For the occasion, organist Michael Leach was accompanied by trumpeter Jeff Chong. The rousing hymns did justice to the acoustics in the sanctuary. The church school presented an enthusiastic rendition of “My God is so Great!” Bishop Asbil blessed gifts of stained glass candle screens and brass candlesticks that were donated to mark the occasion.

After worship, St. George’s many volunteers were recognized for their faithful service to the parish, each person receiving a card of thanks and a token of appreciation from Bishop Asbil. Everyone then enjoyed a delicious potluck lunch in the parish hall, with contributed hot and cold dishes, followed by dessert, including a special cake celebrating St. George’s 100 years.

Sincere thanks to Bishop Asbil and Mary Asbil for joining the church on this occasion, and to everyone who worked so hard to help make the event and the year of celebration so memorable.


Submitted by Elizabeth Beecham and Geraldine Sperling, ODT, members of St. George on Yonge, Toronto.


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