In 1972, Father Yeghia Kirijian, from the Patriarchal Order of Bzommar, a priest with an outstanding religious education, having graduated in theology and philosophy from the Grigoriana University in Rome, took charge of the parish of the Armenian Catholic community in Toronto. Proceeding with the organizational efforts, this young and dedicated clergyman, pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Catholic Church of Toronto, celebrated his firsts Holy Mass on Easter Sunday at St. Edward Catholic Church.
Currently the Armenian Catholic community is comprised of 250 families. Also sharing a great sense of responsibility, alongside the pastor, are the Parish Council, the Armenian Catholic Union, the ladies' Auxiliary, the Choir, and the St. Gregory the Illuminator Saturday School, which consists of 150 students in kindergarten, elementary, and intermediate classes, and a staff of devoted and capable teachers.
The newly built St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Catholic Church had its cornerstone blessing ceremony on Sunday, October 18, 1992, under the auspices of His Excellency Bishop Nerses Setian.
A gala fund-raising banquet was held that evening in one of the city's distinguished hotels. Included amongst the attendees were pastors and representatives of sister denominations.
On this occasion Father Kirijian, in his spiritually inspired speech emphasized: 'Blessed are those who are church builders. After many years of patient, intense, and hard work, the moment is here to see the incarnation of the dream of our lives. Today we erect an Ararat-like dome towards Heaven, a place of prayer, the Church of God, and the home of Armenians, thus giving a testimony of our Christian faith and a legacy of Armenian vows to God and our nation'.