Harvey Shepherd



Tolling church bells, long a sign of mourning, is meant to remind people of the bombing of homes and hospitals and the suffering of innocent civilians in Aleppo, says Archdeacon Deborah Kraft, rector of St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Photo: Robert Servais

Bells in Thunder Bay church toll for Aleppo

The cherished bells of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Thunder Bay, Ont., at the Lake Superior Lakehead, have been tolling daily in mourning for the thousands killed by bombing and other strife in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.

Panelists Fr. John Patrick Ngoyi, director of the Commission for Justice, Development and Peace, Nigeria, and Jennifer Henry, executive director of KAIROS, at the World Social Forum. Photo: Harvey Shepherd

‘Cultural genocide and ecocide are deeply connected’

The executive director of a Canadian ecumenical justice coalition contributed a passionate voice Wednesday, August 10, to an international panel in Montreal calling for basic change in attitudes on environmental and social issues.

Dean Paul Kennington of Christ Church Cathedral (left) welcomes Heritage Montreal policy director Dinu Bumbaru (third from left) to the interior of the cathedral’s clock tower to view the corrosion of its spire. On hand to explain the repairs needed are architects Lena Buchinger (second from left) and Giovanni Diodati from EVOQ Architecture. Photo: Henri Brillon

Montreal cathedral appeals for help to repair spire, meet other needs

Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral faces financial challenges, as do other churches in Quebec, and its spire urgently needs work. However, an $8-million appeal to be launched publicly September 20 is about a lot more than that, says the dean and rector of the cathedral.

Bishop Mary Irwin-Gibson reads her "charge," or opening address, at the annual synod of the diocese of Montreal. Photo: Janet Best

Montreal bishop to vote in favour of same-sex marriage

Diocese of Montreal Bishop Mary Irwin-Gibson says that at next month’s General Synod she intends to vote in favour of a motion calling for a change in the marriage canon of the Anglican Church of Canada to allow the marriage of same-sex couples.

Participants march in the heart of Montreal's Gay Village June 16 for a vigil commemorating victims of the Orlando shooting. Photo: Harvey Shepherd

Anglicans join Montreal vigil for Orlando shooting victims

A vigil Thursday evening, June 16, in the heart of the city’s thriving Gay Village in memory of the 49 people killed by a shooter four days earlier in Orlando, Fla., attracted support from several Montreal clergy and lay people.

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Green Churches Network turns 10

Members of environmentally conscious parishes of several denominations gathered in an outreach mission house in Montreal June 3 to commemorate a venture that began in the same place 10 years before.

Michael Lapsley chats with Nak-Hyon Joo of Korea and Lapsley's personal assistant, Mosuoe Rakuoane. Photo: Harvey Shepherd

A liturgy for healing and reconciliation

Some of the church gestures and documents aimed at reconciliation after past wrongs – like those associated with Canada’s residential schools – already have the characteristics of liturgy, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, told an international gathering of specialists on liturgy on August 4.

“Montreal has always been in my heart,” says Bishop-elect Mary Irwin-Gibson, whose election is greeted by applause. She served parishes in Montreal for 28 years before moving to Kingston, Ont. Photo: Tony Hadley

First woman bishop for Montreal

Mary Irwin-Gibson, dean and rector of St. George’s Anglican Cathedral in Kingston since 2009, has been elected the first female bishop of the Anglican diocese of Montreal in its 165-year history.

Christ Church Cathedral, the mother church the Anglican diocese of Montreal. Photo: Massimiliano Pieraccini

Nominees announced for Montreal bishop election

Two men and two women, including an existing bishop, a diocesan executive archdeacon, a cathedral dean and the director of pastoral studies at the Montreal Diocesan Theological College, are vying to become the next bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Montreal.

Bishop Dennis Drainville, who was elected bishop of Quebec in 2007, believes that the time has come for the two dioceses to join together. Photo: General Synod Archives

Drainville seeks to unite Quebec and Montreal dioceses

The bishop of one of two dioceses that account for the majority of the Anglicans in Quebec is seeking election as bishop of the other diocese as well, because “now would be an opportune time to unite the two dioceses.”

Floral wreath honours “martyrs” of genocide at a service in the basilica at Saint-Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal. Photo: Harvey Shepherd

Montreal service marks centennial of Armenian Genocide

On Monday night, a representative of the Anglican Church of Canada joined the Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal and about 2,000 other people, largely from the local Armenian community, in a worship service marking the 100th anniversary of what is remembered as the Armenian Genocide.

Members of Annie Ittoshat’s first Montreal congregation gather for a group photo. Ittoshat is fifth from the left in a clerical collar; her husband, Noah, is next to her. Photo: Harvey Shepherd

Montreal diocese launches Inuit ministry

“What we are doing is what God foreplanned,” the Rev. Annie Ittoshat from Nunavik in northern Quebec said as she launched a new ministry to Montreal’s Inuit community Feb. 22.

A visitor to the lawn of Christ Church Cathedral protects himself from the autumn chill. Photo: Harvey Shepherd

Clarify ‘church activity’ with insurers, motion urges

Anglicans in the diocese of Montreal think ministry to the marginalized and vulnerable is a normal church activity-and hope the Anglican Church of Canada will help make that clear to insurance companies and law courts.

Tahira Malik (middle) talks about the plight of her ailing mother, Khurshid Begum Awan. Beside her are Anglican diocese of Montreal Bishop Barry Clarke (left) and Rushdia Mehreen, who acted as interpreter. Photo: Harvey Shepherd

Bishop of Montreal posts bond for refugee claimant

Over a year after seeking refuge in a Montreal church, an ailing Pakistani woman threatened with deportation has been able to exchange her sanctuary in the church for what freedom her health permits under a $5,000 bond posted by Bishop Barry Clarke of Montreal.

Irenée Beaubien, distinguished Jesuit ecumenist and founder of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism. Photo: CCCB

Ecumenism conference to honour Irenee Beaubien

The Montreal-based Canadian Centre for Ecumenism is organizing a conference October 24 to 25 in the Anglicans’ Fulford Hall to mark the 50th anniversary of its creation and other historic moments in the early 1960s in the inter-church, and to some extent, interfaith movement called ecumenism.

(L to R) Anglican diocese of Montreal Bishop Barry Clarke, the Very Father Abkar Hovakiam, and Dean Paul Kennington. Photo: Harvey Shepherd

An ecumenical exchange in Montreal

One of the two new spiritual leaders of much of Canada’s Armenian community paid a courtesy visit to the Anglican bishop of the diocese of Montreal, Barry Clarke, on September 4 and presented him with a plaque of the Lord’s Prayer in Armenian.

Joey Royal, 33, jumped at the chance to travel from his parish in Yellowknife to network with some of his young peers from across the country. Photo: Harvey Shepherd

Young clergy meet in Montreal

In what is sometimes thought of as a dying church, Amanda Longmoore of Plaster Rock, N.B., was not exactly surprised but at least impressed to find that her conversations with about 35 other young Anglican clergy from across Canada has left her with quite a different impression.

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