Matt Puddister


  • Matthew Puddister (aka Matt Gardner) is a staff writer for the Anglican Journal. Most recently, Puddister worked as corporate communicator for the Anglican Church of Canada, a position he held since Dec. 1, 2014. He previously served as a city reporter for the Prince Albert Daily Herald. A former resident of Kingston, Ont., Puddister has a degree in English literature from Queen’s University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario. He will continue to support corporate communications efforts during his time at the Journal.


Prayer Book app now available in Inuktitut

A mobile app featuring daily prayers from the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) in English now also features Bible prayers in Inuktitut—and will soon expand into other languages.

What are the Lambeth Calls?

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby decided on the Lambeth Calls as a new process to organize discussion at the 2022 Lambeth Conference. The Calls consist of a series of declarations, affirmations and common appeals to the church on 10 key issues.

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Say Yes! to Kids campaign goes annual, inspires hope for youth ministry

Strong response from Anglicans across Canada was a major factor in the foundation’s decision to transform Say Yes! to Kids from a one-time effort into an ongoing annual campaign, Anglican Foundation of Canada communications and development consultant Michelle Hauser says.

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‘He loved Jesus and he loved people’

From his time as a parish priest through his tenure as the seventh Anglican bishop of Fredericton from 1989 to 2000, George Lemmon’s ministry consistently focused on making time for others.

Worship practices shared in full communion

The National Worship Conference, taking place every two years, provides a forum for Anglicans and Lutherans to learn more about how each other approaches worship.

Church may have surplus of $3.6 million for 2021

An unaudited financial statement released to Council of General Synod (CoGS) from the church’s financial management committee shows investment income helping propel General Synod to a surplus of about $3.6 million— on a total budget of $8.6 million—for 2021.

Lambeth honours 3 Canadians; Macdonald’s prize revoked

National Indigenous Archbishop Mark MacDonald; Philip Poole, retired area bishop of York-Credit Valley in the diocese of Toronto; and Suzanne Lawson, who has held leadership positions at various levels of the church each received one of the awards, which recognize contributions to community service, worship, evangelism, education and ecumenical and interfaith cooperation.

Virtual Easter pageants help congregations get creative

Even as Canada dropped virtually all COVID-related health restrictions in February and March, spread of the more contagious Omicron subvariant BA.2 might suggest the pandemic is far from over. But the possibility of a sixth wave doesn’t mean Christians can’t find creative ways to celebrate Easter.

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