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.


Surplus seen for 2021, but uncertainty ahead

The church is headed toward a healthy surplus for 2021, CoGS heard at its November meeting. But the financial outlook for 2022 and beyond will be highly unpredictable until the pandemic’s effect on the church is known with more clarity, the council was told.

‘Realistic hope’ needed as church weighs pandemic’s toll, primate says

The pandemic has left its mark on the church in many ways—including, possibly, a permanent decrease in in-person attendance—and new spiritual resources will be needed as the church continues to emerge from it, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, told the Council of General Synod (CoGS) Nov. 5.

‘We look at it as God’s money’

Amal Attia, a former private-sector chief financial officer (CFO) and controller, has been appointed as the Anglican Church of Canada’s new treasurer and CFO.

Building with CLAY

The Anglican Church of Canada had been looking at organizing a national youth gathering for some time when the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) invited an Anglican cohort to Whitehorse in 2008 for its own youth conference.

Key issues facing the diocese, Kennedy said, will be the ongoing pandemic and the church’s relationship with Indigenous communities. Photo: Contributed

Helen Kennedy elected bishop of Qu’Appelle

Archdeacon Helen Kennedy has been elected the 13th bishop of the diocese of Qu’Appelle in southern Saskatchewan, winning on the second ballot at an episcopal election Oct. 17.

‘No, they weren’t in vain’

The rapid collapse of the Western-backed Afghan government this year following the withdrawal of U.S. forces and subsequent return to power of the Taliban have prompted discussion about the legacy of the war in Afghanistan. Canadian troops were deployed in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014, making the conflict Canada’s longest war.