Father Theodore Gove
Fr. Theodore was born and raised in Edmonton, where he received B.A. and B.Ed. degrees at the University of Alberta, as well as pursuing graduate studies in history and educational administration there. He taught high school for a number of years, as well as serving on the Board of St. Barbara’s Cathedral, and on the Bishop’s Council of the Russian (Patriarchal) Orthodox Diocese, centred in Edmonton. He studied theology at the Gregorian University/Russicum in Rome, where he received his STB degree, and then completed graduate studies in theology at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania (MDiv.), and Newman Roman Catholic Theological College in Edmonton (MTh). He was ordained to the priesthood by Metropolitan Soterios of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Canada in 1980, and appointed to serve a small Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Edmonton, which at that time was canonically part of the Greek Diocese. Subsequently, he served as pastor of St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church of Edmonton and a brief stint at Ypapanti Greek Orthodox parish in Victoria, before coming to serve the parish in Prince George at Easter of 2000. Fr. Theodore is a tireless advocate of the need to create a strong, indigenous Orthodox Church in Canada, capable of fulfilling our Lord’s mandate of bringing the saving message of the Gospel to our entire nation.