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Welcome to St. James Cathedral

The Reverend Canon Andrew Asbil

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope that you catch a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes every day at St. James. The Cathedral is the gathering place for all Anglicans in the Diocese of Toronto and our Bishop calls us to live out our baptismal faith with integrity and love.

Our doors are open seven days a week to provide a place of prayer for the passerby, Christian formation for the pilgrim, food and support for the homeless, a voice of advocacy for the marginalized and respite for the weary.

The choir and musicians inspire us to sing, the Drop-in program calls us to serve, the Bible studies and Christian formation programs summon us to deepen our faith and our daily cycle of worship bids us to pray. Our ministry initiatives with Refugees, Outreach, Re-Generation, Regent Park, Pastoral Care and more provide ways for us to offer hospitality, build community and hasten service.

We hope that you will discover a home among us.

Yours in Christ,

Andrew Asbil,
Dean and Rector,
The Cathedral Church of St. James


Service music: view latest music list


Stewardship 2016

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Download Narrative Budget Document (PDF - 3 mb)





New Lecture Audio Now Available Here!
for Bishop Mark MacDonald's T&R Talk (Sept 21),
and "Dialogues on Assisted Dying, Part 1" (Sept 28)

Death, Dying, Discernment & Ritual:
An Interfaith Panel

Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00pm | Details here

Cantatas in the Cathedral
Next date: Wednesday, November 2 at 6:00pm

Choral Mattins Remembrance Observance
with the Royal Regiment of Canada in attendance
Sunday, November 6 at 11:00am | Details here

The Governor General's Horse Guards
Remembrance Service

Sunday, November 6 at 2:00pm | Details here

Service for Remembrance
Sunday, November 6 at 4:30pm
An hour of music, scripture and poetry
featuring the Cathedral Choir | Details here

Truth & Reconciliation Series: Memory Mapping
with Dr. Brenda Wastasecoot
Wednesday, November 16 |
Details here

Opus 8 in Recital
Sunday, November 20 at 4:00pm | Details here

ReGeneration Bible Study
& Spirituality Discussion Group
continues every other Sunday | Details here

Organ Recitals
Sundays at 4:00pm and Tuesdays at 1:00pm
Learn more here


General Synod 2016: "You are my Witnesses" Note from the Dean

Word came late in the afternoon on Tuesday that the resolution to change the marriage canon to include the wedding of gay and lesbian couples had in fact passed with a 65% majority in all three houses of Synod (Bishops, Clergy and Laity). This was a surprising turn from the initial result which indicated that the resolution had been defeated by one vote in the house of clergy. A glitch in the voting procedure revealed that there had been an error in the count. When the error was corrected the results changed. So, what does this mean? In order to change a canon, the resolution must be passed by the same margin at two General Synod meetings. This means the resolution will come back for a second reading in 2019.

In the meantime, the Archbishop has indicated that work will now begin to discern how best to move forward with marriage of gay and lesbian couples. I know that this news is warmly received by many within our community as a sign of grace, acceptance and inclusion. I also know that this change is hard for many who embrace another reading of scripture and tradition. No matter which side we find ourselves on this issue, we must remember that we are all part of the Body of Christ. This is a time for conversation, reflection and prayerful support.


Archbishop Colin Johnson's statement on the Marriage Canon may be viewed here (updated July 18).



Front Steps: You will have noticed that work has commenced on replacing the stone steps up to the Church Street doors of the Cathedral Centre. This work will take place during the next three weeks or so limiting access to the Centre to the Ramp Door facing the Parking Lot by Snell Hall. Our apologies for any inconvenience.


Liturgies at the Cathedral

Sunday, October 30
, 2016

  • 8:00am Said Eucharist
  • 9:00am Sung Eucharist
  • 11:00am Procession & Choral Eucharist
  • 1:00pm Mandarin Fellowship (Cathedral Centre)
  • 2:30pm Mandarin Youth Fellowship (Cathedral Centre)
  • 4:30pm FaithWorks Anniversary Service (Choral Evensong)

Sunday & Weekday
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Downloadable Vestry documents:
Organization Reports (includes 2016 budget)
Financial Statements for 2015