Bishop’s Notes

June 20 is World Refugee Day

Dear Friends, Today, June 20, is World Refugee Day. I am so grateful for those whose hearts have been touched to reach out and make a difference to some of the more than 65 million people throughout the world who are forced to flee their homes and nations due to [...]

Resignation of Rev. Canon David Smith

Dear Friends, I am writing to announce to you that Bishop Jenny Andison (Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Toronto) has appointed the Reverend Canon David Smith as the Incumbent of Christ Church St. James (in Etobicoke) effective October 1, 2017. Canon David has served the Parish of Marysburgh for [...]

Prayers for Brazil

Dear Friends, Archbishop Francisco Da Silva, the Primate of Brazil, asks for your prayers as deteriorating political divisions in Brazil, combined with a failing economy and new allegations of corruption in the Temer government, threaten to destabilize Latin America’s largest country. Archbishop Da Silva writes: “As a Church we are [...]

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ global prayer

Dear friends, The Archbishop of Canterbury has asked that Anglicans around the globe join in “Thy Kingdom Come”; a ten day initiative of prayer that others might know Jesus. Beginning on Ascension Day, parishes are asked to take time to pray, and to encourage their members to make a commitment [...]

Prayers for Egypt’s Coptic Christians

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, There are no words that will come close to describing the sense of outrage and condemnation I feel for the horrific attacks against the Coptic Churches on this Palm Sunday in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt. News reports and images paint a macabre picture of [...]

Prayers for the Rev. Dr. Sid Horne

Dear Friends, I am writing today to ask that you hold the Rev. Dr. Sid Horne and family in your prayers. Father Sid is in Belleville General Hospital recuperating from a fall in which he suffered a broken hip. Sid is the former Rector of the Anglican Parish of Tyendinaga. [...]

Renewal of vows and blessing of the oils

Dear friends, Very soon Holy Week will begin and once more we will mark our steps from the glory of the palms to the glory of the empty tomb. Holy Week lies at the center of our faith. We have prepared ourselves through the season of Lent to embark on [...]

Diocesan book of condolence for Quebec City Mosque attack

On January 30 Bishop Michael Oulton wrote to our diocese asking for prayers for the victims of the deadly attack on a Quebec City Mosque on January 29. A book of condolence was made available at St. George’s Cathedral while other parishes were invited to download a condolence page for [...]

A call for donations to PWRDF for South Sudan

Dear Friends, I encourage our parishes to spread the news about the Anglican response to the unfolding tragedy in South Sudan. Not only are we called to uphold South Sudan in our prayers, but to put those prayers in action to alleviate the suffering precipitated by the famine and to [...]

Clergy appointments

Dear Friends, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Reverend Bram Pearce as Incumbent of St. Peter’s, Kingston, effective March 27. Bram received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College (University of Toronto) and studied theology at Wycliffe College receiving his Masters of Religion in 2006. Following ordination [...]