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The New Life Faith Community in Toronto began services in 1983 when Adolfo and Betty Puricelli began holding Bible studies in their home soon after beginning their work with the Toronto Mennonite New Life Centre, which served the needs of refugees arriving in Canada from Latin America. The Purcellis were commissioned for ministering to refugees in 1984 by the Conference of United Mennonite Churches in Ontario.

On 22 November 1984 the congregation more formally organized as church. They began meeting in St. Luke's Anglican Church on Sunday afternoons in 1987, and was called the New Life Faith Community.

In 1997 the congregation dedicated a building shared with the Toronto United Mennonite Church and the Mennonite New Life Centre. The "sharing" included joint ownership of the facility.

Partly because of the transitory nature of refugees—whether because of moves to join family living elsewhere, work opportunities, or deportation—the congregation remained small, standing at 57 members in 2010. Hispanic cultural heritage influenced the nature of the New Life Faith Community’s worship—the eucharist was celebrated monthly and differing types of services were offered Sundays and Wednesday evenings. Healing services were held six times a year.

Adolfo and Betty Puricelli retired in 2013, after that time the congregation was led by non-ordained lay leaders.

[edit] Bibliography

Mennonite Reporter (6 February 1984): 14; (18 January 1988):4; (2 October 1989): 13; (28 July 1997): 2.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 1774 Queen St. East, Toronto, Ontario M4L 1G7

Phone: 416-699-4527


Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church Canada

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

[edit] Pastoral Leaders at Toronto Mennonite New Life Church

Name Years
of Service
Adolfo Puricelli 1984-2013
Betty Puricelli 1984-2013
Lili Hurtarte 2013-present

[edit] Membership at Toronto Mennonite New Life Church

Year Members
1987 15
2000 57
2010 57
2015 57

[edit] Map

Map:Toronto Mennonite New Life Church (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published August 2016

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Steiner, Sam. "Toronto Mennonite New Life Church (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2016. Web. 21 Oct 2016.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=135724.

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Steiner, Sam. (August 2016). Toronto Mennonite New Life Church (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 October 2016, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=135724.

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