ANNOUNCEMENTS & PASTORAL LETTERS
Latest Message: 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.
This group has been meeting regularly over the last several months to look at the issues that our senior population are facing and to consider ways in which the church may advocate on behalf of vulnerable seniors. They have a vision for the way in which they would like their work to unfold but are in need of your input.
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.
In order to meet urgent timelines, we are asking Anglicans in Ontario to provide feedback by June 30. Details for how to make a submission are provided in the letter linked above.
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.