St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Ottawa

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

About Us

St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral is a parish of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. We began as a small church of a few Middle-Eastern immigrant families who arrived in Canada in the early 1900’s. Today we have over 1500 families that call St. Elias Cathedral their spiritual home. The majority of our members are second, third, and fourth generation Canadians of Middle Eastern descent. We also have a mix of converts from other religious traditions as well as faithful people raised in other traditions of the Orthodox Church (Greek, Slavic, etc…) Click here to read more about the history of the Antiochian Archdiocese and St. Elias Cathedral.


Our worship services are sung with an equal mix of English and Arabic, with congregational participation, along with a fine choir and trained chanters. Service books are available for those who are interested in following the order of service. Children are welcome. At the end of Divine Liturgy on Sunday, coffee is provided for all, and Church School based on Scripture and Tradition is held for children from kindergarten (ages 4-5) to high school. Concurrently, adults enjoy a time of fellowship with one another.

Our dedication to the Orthodox formation of our young people is demonstrated by the several components of our youth and young adult ministry. We believe that our young people, struggling to live wholesome Christian lives in an anti-Christian culture, require and deserve such a support system.

St. Elias Cathedral is strongly commited to the belief that the Holy Orthodox Church is the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles. We are equally committed to the implications of that belief: that the Orthodox Faith requires a unity of faith and a unity of life, nourished through worship in the Divine Services, strengthened through prayer, fasting, and alms-giving, sustained by the intercessions of the Holy Saints, and lived every day of the week in the homes, schools, and workplaces of our people.


The Most Reverend Metropolitan JOSEPH, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America

The Right Reverend Bishop Alexander, Auxiliary – Ottawa, Eastern Canada, and Upstate New York

Parish Clergy

The Reverend Father Nektarios Najjar, Pastor

Rev. Father Nicolas Ellaham

Rev. Deacon Yakoub Daoura

Retired Clergy

The Very Reverend Father Ghattas Hajal, Pastor Emeritus

Our pastors, Fr. Ghattas & Fr. Michael, during the Divine Liturgy