Ordination to the Diaconate

I have some exciting news.

After a discernment process lasting 9 years, I received a joyful phone call from the Rt. Rev. Fred Hiltz, Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island.

Upon receiving my M.Div., I will be ordained to the diaconate on May 31, 2006 at All Saints Cathedral in Halifax with 5 of my classmates. It is a worship service, so open to all. It is my hope that it will be a sacred and celebratory time accessible to all.

The ministry of the deacon is an important foundation on which to build my growing vocation to the priesthood. The deacon is called to translate the needs of the world to the Church. As a deacon, I will be concerned with those in my community and through out the world who are marginalized and vulnerable due to poverty, oppression, discrimination and illness. This role is extremely important to me at the moment, particularly in my work on the global impact of HIV/AIDS, pastoral care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons, and the growing impact of poverty on many in our Atlantic communities.

My task is to hold these issues before the Church. I work hard among all, but it is not my job to do all the work. This is the ministry of the whole Church, and I am looking forward to working alongside my sisters and brothers to bring to fruition God’s good will for those in our midst.

The ordination will take place on the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. It is the event of Mary, pregnant with the Messiah visiting her cousin, Elizabeth, pregnant with the herald of the Messiah-John the Baptist. It is a wonderful feast because it precedes my favourite piece of scripture, the revolutionary Magnificat, and it is all about WOMEN!

I look forward to sharing more news about this event with you and I do hope you can come and join in this celebration. If you can not, there will be another ordination around November or December to the priesthood, to which you are also welcomed.

Blessings

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