Clergy get “behind fence line” view of military chaplaincy

Members of Anglican Regional Clericus learn firsthand how CF chaplains operate

By Capt Jeff Noel

Local Anglican Clergy visit 17 Wing Winnipeg with Bishop Coffin and Bishop Phillips
Local Anglican Clergy visit 17 Wing Winnipeg with Bishop Coffin and Bishop Phillips

“It was a very worthwhile and eye-opening experience for me,” said Rev. Canon Dr. Brett Cane, the Rector of St. Aiden’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg. “I had no idea how military chaplains work or of the crucial roles played by our Forces personnel at the Wing.”

Sponsored by the 17 Wing’s flight line chaplain, Captain (Reverend) Gordon Mintz, members of the Anglican Regional Clericus had the opportunity last week to receive a ‘behind the fence line’ insight into how military chaplains deal with the challenges of ministering to such a diverse and dynamic entity.

“The local (Anglican) clergy was very appreciative of learning first-hand the stresses on military families that they see in their congregations and learning more of the role of chaplains in supporting our military families,” said Padre Mintz.

The clerics’ time at 17 Wing Winnipeg also included a series of briefings on the roles performed by the men and women of ‘Team Winnipeg’ and the impact they, and the wing, have upon the city, the province, and the nation.

Among those attending the session was the Right Reverend Donald Phillips – Bishop of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land and the Right Reverend Peter Coffin – Anglican Military Ordinariate of Canadian Forces.

“It far exceeded my expectations,” said Bishop Coffin when asked his thoughts on the gathering of local clergy at the wing.

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