Marites N. Sison


  • Marites N. Sison

    Marites (Tess) Sison was editor of the Anglican Journal from August 2014 to July 2018, and senior staff writer from December 2003 to July 2014. An award-winning journalist, she has more that three decades of professional journalism experience in Canada and overseas. She has contributed to The Toronto Star and CBC Radio, and worked as a stringer for The New York Times.

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Archbishop Fred Hiltz hosted a dinner for the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and his wife, Caroline, at St. James’ Cathedral Centre. Guests included “a host of people from Canada who are so deeply committed to the works of the Anglican Communion,” said Hiltz. Photo: Michael Hudson

Welby & Hiltz discuss issues of sexuality, reconciliation

When Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby met with the primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, he was “very interested” in the work of the Anglican Church of Canada’s commission on the marriage canon because of the reality that the Church of England will have to wrestle with the issue of same-sex marriage following its legislation in the U.K.

0.6 per cent of the world's 2.2 billion Christians live in the Middle East and North Africa; they make up 4 per cent of the region's total population, down 20 per cent from a century ago Photo: Asaf Eliason/Shutterstock

By the numbers

0.6 per cent of the world’s 2.2 billion Christians live in the Middle East and North Africa; they make up 4 per cent of the region’s total population, down 20 per cent from a century ago

Pupils at Ramallah's Arab Evangelical Episcopal School ham it up for Scott Brown's camera. Photo: Anglican Video

Hope and faith in a troubled land

“Does the world care that we’re being pushed out of our land and that we have nowhere to go?” Palestinian Christians posed this haunting question over and over to Lisa Barry, Anglican Video’s senior producer, by Palestinian Christians during a February trip to the Holy Land.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald are blessed by an elder at the first TRC national event in Winnipeg in 2010. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Anglicans reflect on impact of TRC events

For National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald, participating in the national events of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) has been “a strange mixture of Good Friday and Easter.”

The kids are all right

You will leave feeling honoured that you have met-even vicariously-the 45 native American and aboriginal young people interviewed by Deborah Ellis for her outstanding new book, Looks Like Daylight.

Aldo and his goat companion, Alli, have “changed neighbourhood life for the better on rue des Jardins.” They join outdoor services and engage daily in ministry dozens of people who visit them.” Photo: Diocese of Quebec calendar.

Where’s Aldo?

Aldo, the doe-eyed liturgical donkey of the Anglican diocese of Quebec-a local celebrity in his own right-is featured on the cover and inside the diocesan 2014 calendar, the sales of which will benefit the diocese’s green ministries.

The justice camp hopes to "re-imagine what the land would say to us as it offers its gifts to us," according to organizers. Photo: Shutterstock

Justice camp to focus on land

Land, social justice and faith will be the focus of the seventh national justice camp, to be hosted by the Anglican diocese of Edmonton this August 15 to 21.

(L to R, from back): Archbishop Fred Hiltz, US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Seaton and ELCIC Bishop Susan Johnson. Photo: Bruce Myers

Four-way dialogue deepens

The heads of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have agreed to co-ordinate their responses to “events that transcend” their borders, such as natural disasters.

Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s “greatest son who became their father, their beloved Madiba,” says Archbishop Fred Hiltz, who spoke at a multi-faith community tribute to Mandela. Photo: Marites N. Sison

‘Go well, Madiba’

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, today joined leaders of Toronto’s faith communities in honouring the legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who will be laid to rest on Sunday, Dec. 15.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela (left), during a visit to the World Council of Churches. Photo: General Synod Archives

Primate pays tribute to Mandela

The primate of the Anglican Church of Canada today paid tribute toformer South African President Nelson Mandela, saying, he is “destinedto be remembered in the calendar of holy men and women through theages.”

Bishop-elect Melissa M. Skelton will be consecrated bishop of the diocese of New Westminster on March 1, 2014. Photo: Dot Cellini/Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey

First woman bishop for New West

An American priest who describes herself as a “Canadian enthusiast” has been elected the first woman bishop in the Anglican diocese of New Westminster and the first woman diocesan bishop in the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia and the Yukon.

The Rev. Canon Judy Rois briefs Council of General Synod members about the new initiatives of the Anglican Foundation of Canada, where she sits as executive director. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Anglican Foundation: ‘Vibrant and hopeful’

The Anglican Foundation of Canada is rolling out new initiatives in the coming months, all of them designed to send out a message that is “vibrant and hopeful,” said its executive director, the Rev. Canon Dr. Judy Rois.

Bishop Jane Alexander shares her diocese’s “painful” experience when it got involved in Housing First and the City of Edmonton’s 10-year plan to end homelessness in the city. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Petitions not enough to end homelessness

One’s commitment to a cause-such as ending homelessness-may start with issuing a statement or signing a petition, but it doesn’t and shouldn’t end there, said Anglican diocese of Edmonton Bishop Jane Alexander.

Council of General Synod members watch a video explaining PWRDF's food security campaign, Fred Says. Photo: Marites N. Sison

PWRDF introduces ‘Fred Says’ food security campaign to CoGS

“Have you eaten today?” With that question, Laura Marie Piotrowicz introduced the food security campaign of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) to members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS), which met here Nov. 14 to 17.

CoGS and General Synod co-ordinating committee members enter into “Cogs Cafe” conversations in preparation for their work in the triennium. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Group exercise generates guidance for CoGS

Council of General Synod (CoGS) members began their first meeting of the triennium with World Café, a community-building exercise intended to help members get to know each other and identify areas of priorities in their work.

Council of General Synod members share how the proposedchange to the marriage canon has been received in their dioceses andwhat message they want to give to the new commission that will conductconsultations across the church. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Commission to consult on same-sex marriage

Before theend of 2013, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and officersof General Synod will appoint members of a commission to carry out abroad consultation about changing the marriage canon (church law) toallow same-sex marriage.

Former indigenous ministries co-ordinators Donna Bomberry and The Rev. Canon Laverne Jacobs wrap “The Evening Star” Pendleton blanket over Archbishop Michael Peers as Bishops Adam Halkett and Lydia Mamakwa look on. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Anglicans pay tribute to Peers for landmark apology

A hush fellin the room as aboriginal bishops, clergy and elders wrapped a sunsetred Pendleton blanket over Archbishop Michael Peers, former primate ofthe Anglican Church of Canada, and prayed over him.

Canon Neil Elliott, a priest in the diocese of Kootenay and a member ofthe communications and information resources committee, led the reviewof General Synod’s communication platforms. Photo: Marites N. Sison

CoGS receives communications review report

A team that conducted an operational review of General Synod’scommunication platforms has recommended a “long-term commitment” to thecontinued publication of the print Anglican Journal but called for a review of its format.

Murray McCarthy of Ministry and Money International, a fundraising and consulting firm based in Toronto, presents the results of the operational review conducted on the Resources for Mission department. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Top priority: A strategic fundraising plan

TheResources for Mission (RfM) department of General Synod must, as a “toppriority,” develop a strategic fundraising plan that will build donorrevenue and improve relations with dioceses and Anglicans “eager tosupport the work of the church.”

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