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.


Dioceses wrestle with vaccination rules

As Canada reels from the fourth wave of COVID-19, provinces have been implementing rules that require people to have proof of their vaccination status to enter certain businesses and other venues.

October issue spotlights healing amid trauma

Finding solace in the wake of grief and loss, providing help to those in need, and seeking to right wrongs are themes that pervade the October issue of the Anglican Journal.

Anglican eyewitnesses escape Lytton ‘inferno’

The plumes of smoke over Lytton, B.C. were an “apocalyptic” sight for Melanie Delva. But what the Anglican Church of Canada’s reconciliation animator remembers most from June 30—the day her home and all her possessions were destroyed by the fire, the day Lytton burned to the ground—are the sounds.

‘We’re the ones who are testing it out’

The full communion partnership between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is both influenced and influencer when it comes to models for ecumenical partnerships.

‘We have a great task before us’

The 10th Indigenous Anglican Sacred Circle took place online from July 14 to 17, with the theme “Returning Home: Remembering the Lost”. Delegates mourned those who had died while forging ahead with discussion of the Covenant and Our Way of Life—foundational documents that will determine the shape of the emerging Indigenous church.

The Waterloo Declaration at 20

Reflecting on our past and future in full communion Much hard work preceded the signing of the Waterloo Declaration in 2001. It officially established a

David Ashdown bridged Western and Indigenous ways

The establishment of the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh, the church’s first Indigenous diocese, in June 2014 was a watershed moment for Indigenous self-determination within the Anglican Church of Canada—and Archbishop David Ashdown played an indispensable role in it.

Vivian Seegers lived out gospel through pain and triumph

On June 2, the Rev. Vivian Seegers, founder and gathering priest of Urban Aboriginal Ministry (UAM) in the diocese of New Westminster, died at Vancouver General Hospital from complications due to COVID-19. She was 62.

‘Her voice will never die’

The Rev. Canon Virginia “Ginny” Doctor, coordinator of Indigenous Ministries and a major architect of the self-determining Indigenous church, died on May 26. She was 71 years old.

Helping young people in a post-pandemic world

The Anglican Foundation of Canada (AFC) is seeking to help young people thrive after the COVID-19 pandemic with a new fundraising campaign that the foundation is calling its most ambitious yet.

‘Life marches on’

As the pandemic persists, Anglicans across Canada continue to adapt life- and death-defining liturgies.