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Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal incorporated 95 years ago

Featured image of the Official Seal of the organization in use between 1980 and 2004 which bore the year of constitution « 1926 » but has since been repealed and replaced with a new official seal bearing the year « 1906 » in apparent commemoration of the earlier founding of « The Greek Orthodox Church Evangelismos of Montreal »

 

On Wednesday, March 24, 1926 – eve of the National Holiday of Greece – the Quebec National Assembly adopted a private bill – Statutes of Quebec 1926, chapter 99 – which incorporated a new «ecclesiastical corporation» under the name HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CONGREGATION OF MONTREAL.

On February 2, 1956, HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CONGREGATION OF MONTREAL changed its name to HELLENIC-CANADIAN COMMUNITY OF THE ISLAND OF MONTREAL.

On June 18, 1980, the Quebec National Assembly adopted controversial «Private Bill 231» which changed the name of the HELLENIC-CANADIAN COMMUNITY OF THE ISLAND OF MONTREAL to HELLENIC COMMUNITY OF MONTREAL.  This new constitution was intended by lay leaders at the time to change the Orthodox «episcopal polity» of the organization to what some would describe as an unorthodox congregationalist polity or presbyterian polity.

On June 10, 2010, the HELLENIC COMMUNITY OF MONTREAL merged with THE GREEK ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF LAVAL and the new amalgamated corporation became known as the HELLENIC COMMUNITY OF GREATER MONTREAL.

The HELLENIC COMMUNITY OF GREATER MONTREAL today maintains six churches and six schools in Montréal, Laval and South Shore Saint-Hubert.

Read the full text of An Act to incorporate the “Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Congregation of Montreal” as adopted by the Legislature of the Province of Quebec on Wednesday, March 24, 1926, herein below :

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