ANNOUNCEMENTS & PASTORAL LETTERS
June 30, 2022
Season of Holy Discernment Recommendations
Delegates from the Diocese of Moosonee gathered on June 14th and 15th in Cochrane for an historic Assembly. This gathering brought the diocese's Season of Holy Discernment to a close following two years of consultations under the guidance and leadership of the Assisting Bishop of Moosonee Fred Hiltz.
The Diocesan Discernment Working Group brought forward ten recommendations to The Assembly which will enhance the mission and ministry of our diocese in the future. The Executive Council for Moosonee met and approved the ten recommendations. Moosonee is a Mission of the Province and Archbishop Anne Germond invites Anglicans across the ecclesiastical province to be aware of this important discernment work and to pray for the way forward in their implementation.
June 22, 2022
Appointment of Assistant Bishop for Niagara
Archbishop Colin Johnson has been appointed by Bishop Susan Bell, with the approval of Synod Council and Archbishop Anne Germond, to serve as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Niagara, effective September 1, 2022.
The responsibilities of an assistant bishop are determined in consultation with the diocesan bishop. Bishop Bell has identified the following areas of focus for this role: occasional assistance with the exercise of episcopal ministry; deployment and mentoring support for emerging clergy leaders; and expert consultant support in the analysis of structures, systems, and future ministry needs.
Assistant bishops are required to already be in episcopal orders at the time of their appointment and are typically retired from active ministry. Read the full announcement here.
June 1, 2022
New Provincial Executive Officer Appointed
Archbishop Anne Germond is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Alex Pierson as the next Executive Officer of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, effective July 1, 2022.
Alex brings over 30 years of experience at the senior executive level in both the church and
the corporate sector; he presently serves as the Executive Officer and Chief
Financial Officer for the Diocese of Ontario.
This is a part-time appointment that provides administrative leadership to the province, supports the ministry of the Metropolitan, maintains provincial records, and exercises general oversight of the work of Provincial Synod, its commissions, committees, and executive council.
April 29, 2022
Letter from the Metropolitan: Good Shepherd Sunday Invitation to Prayer
Archbishop Anne Germond invites Anglicans in the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario to include particular intentions in their intercession for vocations on Sunday, May 8th, commonly referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday or Vocations Sunday. "We believe that all are called to serve God according to the gifts God has given them for their particular context and we give thanks for the ministry of the baptized, praying that on Good Shepherd Sunday we will hear God’s call on our hearts in a fresh new way."
March 1, 2022
CALLING & FORMING PRIESTS FOR TOMORROW’S CHURCH:
PATHWAYS TO PARTNERSHIP
Archbishop Anne Germond is delighted to announce that those individuals called by God to assist others in the process of vocational discernment, formation and education, including bishops, diocesan members, and theological educators, will gather June 21 – 23, 2022. Those gathered will discuss discipleship and vocational discernment, intensive and extended formation and education programmes, life-long learning, and any other matter the Spirit of God lays upon our faithful hearts and minds. Your prayers are invited for those who will gather with joyful and confident hearts, that the Spirit of God will lead all those involved in formation and education into new things. Read the full announcement here.
February 16, 2022
Position Posting: Executive Officer
The Provincial Synod is undertaking a process to hire an Executive Officer for the Province of Ontario. This position provides administrative oversight to the province, offers assistance to the Metropolitan in the Metropolitan's capacity as President of the Provincial Synod and maintains records of provincial happenings. The Executive Officer exercises general oversight of the work of Provincial Synod, its commissions, committees and Executive Council. They ensure that arrangements for meetings are coordinated, and records of these meetings are maintained. They also confirm that all records are kept and any official deeds such as the consecration of bishops or changes in canons are recorded. The Executive Officer will perform other duties as are defined by the Constitution, Canons and resolutions of the Provincial Synod or the Executive Council. Learn more and apply today by visiting the link below.
Application deadline extended: Saturday, April 30, 2022
January 14, 2022
In Memoriam: The Right Reverend Tom Corston, 9th Bishop of Moosonee
Bishop Tom Corston died peacefully in Sudbury on January 7th, the Eve of the Baptism of the Lord. He is the much loved husband of Ruth, much loved father of Andrew (Michelle) and Stephen (Emilie), much loved son of Frances Corston, much loved brother of Deborah (Bruce), Margaret (Allen) and Erin (Paul), and much loved uncle, pastor, colleague, and friend to many. Above all, he is God’s much loved son, marked as Christ’s own at his baptism, who made God’s heart glad just by being Tom.
On behalf of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, we assure Tom’s family of our prayers, and we join with them in giving thanks for his life and legacy.
August 2, 2021
Archbishop Anne Germond has appointed Mr. Bryan Finlay to serve as the Provincial Chancellor for the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, effective immediately. Chancellor Finlay already serves as the diocesan chancellor for Moosonee and is a true servant of the church. Archbishop Anne invites your warm welcome and prayers for Bryan as he takes on this new role and ministry in the province.
At the same time, Archbishop Anne expresses her deepest gratitude to Jean Bedard for his faithfulness and dedication in serving as Provincial Chancellor since 2015.
July 1, 2021
Archbishop Anne Germond has appointed Bishop Michael Oulton to act as commissary for the Ecclesiastical Province while she is on vacation from July 1-19, 2021. Bishop Oulton may be reached via e-mail or through our Executive Officer, Archdeacon Harry Huskins or Administrative Assistant Liz Hamel.
June 7, 2021
Elder Care Working Group Seeks Input
Early in the pandemic, Archbishop Anne Germond grew concerned about the care being afforded to older adults, many of which are longstanding concerns which reached a crisis point with the arrival of COVID-19. In response, she formed the Elder Care Working Group.
As we make our way into the second year of the pandemic, we are keenly aware of the struggles many of our vulnerable elders are experiencing, especially in Ontario’s long-term care facilities. The Elder Care Working Group is reaching out to discern how best the Anglican Church in Ontario can support efforts to provide care and advocacy for seniors. Click here to read a letter from Laura Walton, chair of the working group.
The Metropolitan has written a letter to commend this initiative and offer her encouragement for this work.
May 23, 2021
A Video Blessing for Pentecost
Inspired by the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Anglican House of Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario offer words of hope, encouragement and blessing,
April 9, 2021
Statement by Archbishop Anne Germond
On behalf of Anglicans in the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, Archbishop Anne Germond has issued a statement on the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip. The statement includes an invitation for Anglican cathedrals and other churches across the province to ring their bells 99 times on Sunday, April 11 in thanksgiving for The Duke of Edinburgh's life and service and to include the prayer prepared by the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, in worship services.
March 2, 2021
Message Marking the One Year Anniversary of the Pandemic Declaration
In a pastoral letter entitled, "Jesus Wept", Archbishop Anne Germond, on behalf of the Ontario House of Bishops, invites Anglicans to mark the past year by observing March 11th as a day of fasting and prayer.
The bishops invites people to ‘stand together’ and observe 3 minutes of silence at 11:35 am on this day as we call to mind the loss, the pain, the grief, the resilience, the compassion, and the extraordinary sacrifices that have been hallmarks of the past year.