Primate visits diocese for Holy Week

Archbishop Fred Hiltz

Holy Week 2018 will see the Diocese of Ontario host a very special visitor. The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, will spend the week visiting parishes and outreach projects in our diocese and celebrating Holy Week services. Visiting Anglicans in their parishes, witnessing ministry in action is a part of the job the Primate loves. Bishop Michael Oulton’s episcopacy has seen a number of times where he welcomed the Primate to our diocese. “I have been involved with Fred in a couple of anniversary services here in the diocese, at synod—his ability to just exude the enjoyment of the ministry he shares among the people is one of his strengths” says Bishop Michael.

The idea of a Holy Week visit to our diocese started as a conversation between the Primate and our Bishop about a year ago following the Primates return from a week in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. “I extended the invitation right there and said would you be willing to come to the Diocese of Ontario. I know not only how much he loves that but how much that would be appreciated by our people. So we put a pin in that and then a few months later we had to start looking at the plans for that” says Bishop Oulton.

“We wanted the Primate to be able to get a full experience of the life and ministry of the Diocese of Ontario over that time” says Michael. Fred’s visit will begin on Palm Sunday at St. Thomas’ Belleville. It was a happy coincidence that around the time of laying out the itinerary, St. Thomas’ asked our Bishop about the Primate visiting for their 200th anniversary. “My response was funnily enough, we are talking about having the Primate in the diocese, what a wonderful way to begin that Journey, gathering with the people of St. Thomas’ Belleville celebrating 200 years of ministry.”

The Primate’s visit will encompass stops all across our diocese from West to East: St Thomas’ Belleville, All Saints Tyendinaga, St. George’s Cathedral, the new diocesan offices, the Cowdy Street Habitat for Humanity Project, St. Lukes Lyndhurst thrift shop and parish and Camp Hyanto Board, the Tamworth Legacy Centre, St. John’s Stirling, St. Paul’s Kingston, St. Lawrence Brockville and Holy Trinity Merrickville.

Two stops on the Primate’s visit will focus on the ministry of reconciliation—a ministry that both Bishop Michael and Fred have great heart and passion for. Monday March 26 The Primate will visit the Parish of Tyendinaga for an afternoon tea following by a service of evensong. On Good Friday the Primate will take part in the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation on the steps of St. George’s Cathedral.

Good Friday will also see the Primate participate in the Walk of the Cross from St. Paul’s to St. George’s in Kingston. “I am looking forward to a deanery service this year beginning at St. Paul’s and want to extend the invitation to the churches of Frontenac Deanery and also to anyone across the Diocese who wants to come and be a part of this walk. What a witness and testimony to our faith in making that walk through the streets of the city of Kingston to the Cathedral and concluding with the Good Friday liturgy there” says Bishop Michael.

This visit to our diocese by the Primate could be his last before his retirement at the end of General Synod in 2019. Bishop Michael hopes Fred’s time here during Holy Week will give him a sense of the full scope of ministry and mission in our diocese both in our urban and rural settings. Says Michael,“I think it is a wonderful opportunity for us to gather and celebrate our faith in that journey from the glory of the palms to the glory of the empty tomb. To give thanks for the ministry that we share together and to give thanks for the ministry that Fred has offered to us over these last 12 years. I am looking forward to welcoming Fred to the diocese and opportunities for worship and witness and mission will flow from that.”

Primate’s Visit: March 24 – April 1, 2018

Palm Sunday, March 25

St. Thomas’ Belleville 10:30am.

Monday, March 26

All Saints Tyendinaga–Tea with the Primate 2-4pm. Christ Church, Tyendinaga Evensong 5pm.

Tuesday, March 27

Quiet Day with clergy 9am – 4pm.
Sheraton Hotel, Kingston.

Renewal of Vows service 12 noon, St. George’s Cathedral, lunch to follow.

Wednesday, March 28

Diocesan centre, Cowdy Street Habitat for Humanity project, Lyndhurst (Leeds North) visit Thrift Shop and worship at 2:30pm.

Thursday, March 29

Tamworth Legacy Centre 12:30-2pm, St. John’s, Stirling Martha’s Supper 5pm.
St. John’s, Stirling  Maundy Thursday service 7:30pm.

Good Friday, March 30

St. Paul’s, Kingston–9:30am Organ Meditations & Silent Prayer. 10am walk to St. George’s Cathedral.
St. George’s Cathedral–11 am deanery service & Litany of Reconciliation.

Vigil, Saturday, March 31

St. Lawrence, Brockville–7:30pm Joint service with St. Paul’s and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Easter Sunday, April 1

Holy Trinity Merrickville–10:30 am.