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.


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.

Indigenous church documents unveiled

The founding documents for Sacred Circle, the self-determining Indigenous church within the Anglican Church of Canada, have been revealed to the world.

Theological education sees ‘limited’ impact from full communion

Principals of two leading seminaries—one Anglican, the other Lutheran—say that full communion between the Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada has had a relatively muted effect on theological education. Yet they also see opportunities for closer ties at a time when this field is experiencing major upheaval.

New gender blessings for trial use

The Anglican Church of Canada has prepared a set of gender-themed liturgies for trial use, including a blessing on gender transition, that the church’s director of Faith, Worship and Ministry says could be the first of their kind for a national church in the Anglican Communion if they are eventually authorized.

Tom Corston (centre) pictured with Archbishops Anne Germond (left) and Mark MacDonald (right)

Remembering Tom Corston

Moosonee bishop founded influential school of ministry Retired Indigenous bishop Tom Corston died on Jan. 7 after a struggle against cancer. He was 72 years

Archbishop of Canterbury plans return visit to Canada

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will visit Canada from April 29 to May 3, accepting an invitation from Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and National Indigenous Archbishop Mark MacDonald.

Pandemic challenges hospital chaplains

A pair of Anglican and Lutheran hospital chaplains open up on a “new world” of exhaustion—and life-giving work transcending conventional boundaries.

‘Racism is very bad for your health’

Psychologist Myrna Lashley shares her thoughts on the church’s historic role in propagating systemic racism as well as the role of Christians in the movement to fight it.