Jerusalem calls Canadian chaplain

You can't say no to Jerusalem. It's like saying no to your mother. That's how Padre John Organ said he felt when the bishop of Jerusalem first asked him to be his chaplain in the Holy Land. On July 14 the Ottawa-based military chaplain, 55, will move to Jerusalem with his wife Irene. For the next three years they will support Indigenous Christians in the Diocese of Jerusalem.

Our Ordinariate Remembers Bishop John Sperry

by Padre Mike Peterson Bishop John R. Sperry stands in a long tradition of Anglican missionaries and evangelists to the Arctic that includes Isaac Stringer and Edmund James Peck. Newly ordained, this young Englishman first went to the Canadian Arctic in early 1950, arriving in the settlement of Coppermine, now Kugluktuk. At that time, Kugluktuk’s … Continued

Annual Ordinariate Worship Service

CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, OTTAWA By Canon David Greenwood The annual worship service of the Anglican Military Ordinariate was held at Christ Church Cathedral,Ottawaon Sunday 13 November 2011.  This was the weekend of Remembrance Day and the Dean of Ottawa and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, the Very Reverend Shane Parker wanted to link the national … Continued

Archdeacon Karl Mclean Leads Worship For Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge

On Sunday 3 July 2011, the Royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on day three of their visit to Canada.  Sailing overnight they arrived in Quebec City on board HMCS Montréal.  That early Sunday morning they gathered with the ship’s company and several Quebec City guests for Morning Prayer, a Divine Service … Continued

Santa: Secular or Santa?

By Canon Baxter Park A few years ago I met Canon James Rosenthal, who was then the Director of Communications for the Anglican Communion and the editor of Anglican World.  We immediately connected because of our shared belief in the importance of the legends of St Nicholas to the church.  We believe that St Nicholas can … Continued

Three Strands

by Padre David Greenwood There is a new theory of Anglicanism that has been floating in the air. This is the “Three-Strand theory” – that Anglicanism is really a compendium of three separate strands of thought and has been so since the mid 17th century. The Three-Strand theory offers there are three types of Anglicans … Continued

Not For All Time, But For This Time… A Reflection on Vision on 2019

by Padre Michelle Staples My grandmother used to say I’d forget my head if it was loose; and indeed there are moments in the midst of this busy life when I would say she was right. In a similar vein I am astounded to realise how easy it is, as a military chaplain, to lose … Continued

Generous Anglicans support military chaplaincy

Canadian Anglicans have recently expressed their support for military chaplaincy through large and small gifts to the Bishop Ordinary Trust. In early May, Blake Goldring, chairman and CEO of AGF Management Ltd., gave $500,000 to the trust and thousands of Canadian Anglicans have donated more than $56,000 through the Silent Night Project, a collective video initiative in fall 2010.

A Word from our Bishop-elect

One Week Later… One week later the reality of the election is just starting to settle in. It has been some time that the possibility of being elected was present but the actuality is of a different order. That I will soon be releasing from the CAF in order to undertake these new responsibilities is … Continued

Aboriginal priest finds her calling as a military chaplain

Rev. Capt. Catherine Askew distinctly remembers the moment when she knew she wanted to be a military chaplain to the Canadian Forces. She was 17 years old and an undergraduate student at university. She had been thinking that a job as an administration clerk would give her a useful skill and some pocket money. Then she met a military chaplain who introduced her to the work of the chaplains’ corps.