Archbishop Michael Peers

Archbishop Michael Peers (1934-2023)

Late last week we learned of the death of Archbishop Michael Peers, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada from 1986 to 2004. Our deepest condolences are extended to his wife, Dorothy, and his extended family. Although +Michael retired as primate nearly twenty years ago, the legacy of his leadership continues in so many aspects … Continued

Anglican primate uses webcast to set out priorities

Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, speaks to Anglicans about the issues that matter most to him at the outset of his term of office in a webcast to be posted on the church’s national website ( Wednesday, Oct. 13 [2004]. The webcast, entitled +Andrew: Conversations with the Primate, will be … Continued

Anglican Primate to resign

Archbishop Michael Peers, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada since 1986, has announced that he will resign effective Feb. 1, 2004.  A letter by him announcing his intention was read to the church’s governing council meeting in Calgary on Sunday, May 11 [2003]. The mandatory age of retirement for Anglican bishops in Canada is … Continued

Message to Primates in the Anglican Communion

I am writing to convey news of developments in the Diocese of New Westminster (Vancouver, British Columbia). At their Synod Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, the members of that synod approved the development of a rite of blessing for committed same-sex unions. In the two previous synods, the clergy and laity had voted in favour of such a development, but the Bishop, the Right Reverend Michael Ingham, had withheld his consent.

Time to acknowledge the participation of Canada’s living faith traditions: Primate

The human toll of recent events in India and Palestine have brought into sharp focus the role of religion in the world. Crusades and inquisitions of all sorts constitute a profound scar on history, an ugly and insistent reminder that religion and temporal power are a dangerous combination. All the same, we need to examine the assumption that freedom from such religious conflict requires us to remove religion entirely from public life in Canada. Such a course may seem reasonable and prudent. In reality, it is a dangerous folly.

'Truth suppressed always takes its revenge'

The following is a lengthy excerpt of the Primate’s sermon at Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa on Jan. 1, 2002. Because the original presentation was spoken, the text has been edited for clarity of reading, but not for content. Thanks to Brian Sarjeant, editor of Ottawa’s diocesan newspaper, Crosstalk, who provided a written transcript from which this version has been created.