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,

 

Click here to watch the video.

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.

Click here to read the statement.

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. 

 

Click here for the Pandemic Anniversary Rite (also in .pdf)

October 07, 2020

Thanksgiving Message

In a special letter to Anglicans in the ecclesiastical province of Ontario, Archbishop Anne Germond, on behalf of the province's bishops and executive officers, offers a message of encouragement and gratitude ahead of the Thanksgiving long weekend.

"While our Thanksgiving celebrations will be very different in our sanctuaries and in our homes this year, as God’s faithful people we remain “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer” (Romans 12.12), lifting our eyes to God whose unending faithfulness, generosity, and graciousness sustains and nurtures us."

 

The letter notes that with the pandemic surging, this is a time for heightened vigilance adherence to the new protocols that have been put in place. "While we do not expect to close our churches across the entire province again, we must continue to be nimble in our approach, adapting our protocols at the local level based on the current conditions," writes the metropolitan.

June 01, 2020

On a Summer Sabbath Rest

In a newly released pastoral letter, the Ontario House of Bishops have invited Anglicans in our province to observe a summer sabbath rest.

“The well-being and safety of all our parishioners and the communities we serve is uppermost in our hearts and minds,” says Archbishop Anne Germond, metropolitan of Ontario.

In consultation with public health experts, churches will remain closed for in-person worship services until at least September while the pandemic continue, regardless of where the Government of Ontario is with its reopening plan. 

Online worship services, food security and other essential outreach and community ministries taking place in church buildings will continue, as they have been in recent months.

May 28, 2020

Call to Prayer for Ottawa on the Occasion of their Episcopal Consecration

In a pastoral letter to the clergy and people of the Diocese of Ottawa, Archbishop Anne Germond invites prayers for Bishop-elect Shane Parker in the lead-up to his consecration as bishop on the Feast of Pentecost and for the whole diocese. 

May 15, 2020

On the Safe Reopening of Our Churches

Archbishop Anne Germond has issued this pastoral letter from the Ontario House of Bishops to the faithful in Christ.

"While we share the desire of many other churches in the province to physically gather in-person to worship our Heavenly Father, we are not adding our voice to petitions of the Premier. The well-being and safety of all our parishioners and the communities we serve is uppermost in our hearts and minds as we carefully plan for the eventual reopening of Ontario’s many Anglican churches. We will be taking a cautious and measured approach in the days ahead, in consultation with medical experts and the leaders of our dioceses, including our executive officers, chancellors, and liturgical officers."

May 13, 2020

Notice of Intended Consecration

Notice is given of the intention of House of Bishops of this Province to Consecrate and Ordain the Very Reverend Shane Parker as a Bishop on May 31, 2020, in Christ Church Cathedral in the City of Ottawa. 

 

As is the Custom and Usage of our Church, any who know of any reason why this should not proceed are to make this known to the Metropolitan of our Province by May 22, 2020, by communicating this to the Archbishop at the following email address: bishop@dioceseofalgoma.com.

April 06, 2020

A Message for Holy Week

Archbishop Anne Germond offers this Holy Week video message to Anglicans in the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, inviting to churches to ring their bells on Easter Sunday at 9am.

You can also download the pastoral letter version of this message here.

March 20, 2020

Messages of Hope & Encouragement

Archbishop Anne Germond has released a new pastoral letter, "A Word from One is a Word from All" which includes messages of encouragement and hope from the Ontario House of Bishops.

 

The letter also includes an invitation for Ontario Anglicans to light a candle in their windows on Sunday evening, March 22, at 7pm, in the spirit of the day's Gospel reading, "I am the light of the world, says the Lord; those who follow me will have the light of life” (John 8: 12). 

March 13, 2020

Archbishop Recommends Suspension of Services

In consultation with the Anglican bishops of Ontario, Archbishop Anne Germond is recommending the temporary suspension of all public worship services, effective Sunday, March 15.

"Gathering as a people of faith is important, but God also summons us to seek the welfare of the cities in which we live and move and have our being," writes Archbishop Germond. "This extraordinary measure is consistent with the measures put in place by other civic institutions within our province, in an effort to impede the transmission of the coronavirus from person to person."

March 13, 2020

House of Bishops Coordinating Efforts in Response to COVID-19

Archbishop Anne Germond, writing on behalf of the Anglican bishops of Ontario, invites prayers amidst the current pandemic facing our province and wider world, and notes that Ontario dioceses are coordinating their efforts and monitoring the situation closely. 
 

March 05, 2020

Metropolitan Invites Prayers for Ottawa

Archbishop Anne Germond has requested prayers for the clergy and people of the Diocese of Ottawa as they prepare to elect a new bishop on Saturday, March 14, 2020 to lead them in their efforts to enable people to know Jesus Christ, to live and share the Good News, to grow in faith and to serve God’s world.   

Please uphold in prayer the candidates for Bishop of Ottawa:

The Venerable Christopher Ian Dunn

The Venerable Dr. Peter John Hobbs

The Venerable Brian Kauk

The Venerable Kathryn Anne Otley

The Very Reverend Shane Alexander Donaldson Parker

The Reverend Mark William Glenn Whittall

January 09, 2020

Message of Condolence

On behalf of Anglicans in Ontario, Archbishop Anne Germond has issued the following message to express condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died in the recent plane crash in Iran.

 

“We close the circle of friendship around those who mourn; be assured of our ongoing prayers and any practical support we can offer in this time of profound loss and sorrow.”

 

The metropolitan added, “I am reminded now of Jesus arriving at the tomb of his friend Lazarus and how he wept openly for his friend. I weep for those who have died - children, students, adults all filled with life and joy, and I weep for their families whose lives are forever changed by this tragedy.”

November 25, 2019

Mosoonee Enters Year of Holy Discernment

On the Feast of the Reign of Christ, a pastoral letter from Archbishop Anne Germond was read aloud at every congregation in the Diocese of Moosonee. The letter describes an intentional discernment process regarding the Diocese of Moosonee's future. 

"I would like to invite us to use next year as a time of 'Holy Discernment' in which we actively and prayerfully engage with God’s word and one another in deep conversation about where God is calling us as a diocese," writes Archbishop Germond, who serves as the diocesan bishop of Moosonee.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, former primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has been appointed to serve as the diocese's Assisting Bishop 2020, and will help as an "instrument for conversation" in hosting gatherings for the discernment process to unfold.

September 13, 2019

Bishop of Ottawa to Retire

Bishop John Chapman, diocesan bishop of Ottawa, has announced his intention to retire, effective April 30, 2020.

At the time of his retirement Bishop Chapman will have served as an ordained Anglican minister for 42 years, including 13 years as bishop.

An episcopal election has been scheduled for March 14, 2020. 

July 27, 2019

Huron to Elect its New Bishop in October

The diocesan council of Huron met on Saturday, July 27, 2019 following the election of Archbishop Linda Nicholls as primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

 

The council received the formal letter of resignation of Archbishop Nicholls as the bishop of Huron, effective September 30, 2019, and set October 26, 2019 as the date of the electoral synod for her successor.  Click here for a letter from the Metropolitan inviting prayers for the diocese and candidates.

The council also appointed Archbishop Colin Johnson, retired metropolitan of Ontario and archbishop of Toronto and Moosonee as the diocesan administrator from October 1, 2019 until the consecration or installation of the 14th Bishop of Huron. 

July 22, 2019

Archbishop Anne Congratulates New Primate

Archbishop Anne Germond has sent the following message to Archbishop Linda Nicholls, congratulating her on her election and installation as the Primate of All Canada. 

Dear Archbishop Linda, 

Your friends in the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario congratulate you on your recent election as the  14th Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. We are delighted that you have been called to this office and we share in the excitement of this moment with you. Your election and Installation at General Synod were among its high points.

As you lead our beloved church into the new future God has for us, be assured that you have our undying affection and support and will be daily in our prayers. Our prayer will be that God will grant you all the strength and wisdom and courage to carry out this work.

We are already planning occasions for you to visit our dioceses so that we can welcome you and introduce you to the beauty that is Ontario.

With our love and affection,

+Anne on behalf of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario

May 01, 2019

Statement from the House of Bishops

The Ontario House of Bishops met in Toronto this April and among other the matters on their agenda was next year's Lambeth Conference. In particular, the bishops discussed the decision of the Archbishop of Canterbury not to extend an invitation to Bishop Kevin Robertson’s spouse, Mr. Mohan Sharma. As a result of their discussion, the bishops have issued a statement concurring with the statement previously issued by Toronto's College of Bishops.

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