St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, in Woodbridge, Ontario, serves a faith community of over 7,500 families. Located in Northwest Toronto, it was founded just eight years ago by Father John Borean, with a handful of parishioners. Services were held for over seven years in a local school gymnasium. Recently, their beautiful new sanctuary was consecrated by His Eminence, Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto.
Built in the Romanesque classical style, the new church was designed by Father John and Nino Rico, the architect. Father Borean wanted St. Clare's to serve as a cultural center as well as a spiritual center for the community, so a large Allen 80 Stop Three-Manual Console controlling five divisions was chosen to celebrate in its cathedral-like acoustics.
The main organ speaks from a high gallery above the main doors at the rear, while an antiphonal division serves the choir area towards the front and left of the altar platform. The thrilling and awe-inspiring sound of the new Allen tonally compliments the physical grandeur of the room.
Father John states: "We wanted the beauty of the edifice to be an offering to the Glory of God, attracting and bringing people closer to Him. Our new Allen Renaissance Organ completes this atmosphere of reverence and inspiration."