I am sharing with the diocese the message below that I sent to the congregation at St George’s Cathedral earlier today:
I am writing to advise you that The Very Rev. Donald Davidson has resigned as Dean of Ontario, Rector of Kingston and Incumbent of St. George’s Cathedral.
These past few weeks have been very difficult for members of the Cathedral Parish. The frustration articulated to me by numerous members of the congregation, including choristers and members of Parish Council, concerned the manner in which decisions were taken, acted upon and communicated to the Parish.
A number of meetings with the Dean and Wardens resulted in a plan for healing in the congregation, but these efforts have not ameliorated the concerns expressed to me. The Dean and I discussed the matter. We both agree that for the good of the congregation and its ministry, his time as Incumbent should come to an end.
I have appointed The Ven David Selzer, formerly the Executive Officer of the Diocese of Ottawa, to serve as Interim Priest in Charge at the Cathedral Parish effective August 1. David’s experience will be a valuable asset as we move forward from this time, especially given the challenges of transition in the midst of the COVID-19 protocols and the limitations on meeting together. A more fulsome introduction to Archdeacon Selzer will be shared early next week.
I want to express my thanks and appreciation to Don for the ministry he has offered at St. George’s Cathedral over the past four years and for the initiatives he has undertaken, such as the Order of the Black Ring, acknowledging the efforts of faithful volunteers across the diocese. Don has also served as a member of the Bishop’s Advisory Committee, Synod Council and continues as a board member of the Anglican Foundation of Canada.
We will be setting up communications in the coming days to introduce The Ven David Selzer and for him to begin his work with you.
Please be assured on my prayers for Don, the leadership and members of the parish and those for whom this decision will be difficult. We pray that the Spirit of the Living God will attend Don and all of us as next steps in ministry are discerned and considered.
Yours in the Service of Christ,
The Rt. Rev Michael D. Oulton
Bishop of Ontario