Pathway leading to St. Monica's Church entrance

History of St. Monica's Parish

St. Monica's Parish occupies a unique place in the history of the City of Toronto and in the life of the Church.  It was established in 1906 through the generosity of Mr. Eugene O'Keefe.  The name Saint Monica was given in honour of Eugene O'Keefe's wife, Helen, who had a great devotion and admiration for St. Monica.  It was to be built in Eglinton, Ontario, in the "far northern suburbs" of Toronto, and was to serve the needs of all Catholics living north of St. Clair Avenue.


St. Monica's Parish is the "Mother Church" of mid-Toronto --- Mother Church of the parishes of Our Lady Perpetual Help, Blessed Sacrament, St. Anselm's, and Our Lady of the Assumption.


The present Church was erected in 1959 and is a modified cruciform design.  The interior of the Church has undergone several renovations since then.


St. Monica's Parish is currently on her 13th Pastor in its rich history:

1906-1908   Rev. James F. Player, C.S.B

1908-1910   Rev. Patrick J. Bench, D.P.

1910-1921   Rev. James B. Dollard, D.P.

1921-1957   Rev. Hugh J. Murray

1957-1972   Rev. Edward T. Madigan

1972-1980   Rev. Thomas F. Hayes

1980-1984   Rev. Walter B. Kerr, P.H.

1984-1995   Rev. G Wm O'Brien, P.H.

1995-1996   Rev. J. Bernard Canning

1996-2001   Rev. Wilfred J. McAneney

2001-2003   Rev. Vincent Nguyen (Administrator)

2003-2013   Rev. Joseph D. Kelly

2013-            Rev. Damian C. Young-Sam-You