Welcome to the Diocese of Ottawa, one of 30 dioceses in the Anglican Church of Canada. Additionally, we are part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario along with the dioceses of Niagara, Toronto, Ontario, Huron, Algoma, and Moosonee.

With our central office just west of Parliament Hill in Canada’s national capital, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa straddles the Ottawa River and spans 46,620 km. Away from the urban centre, our clergy and people have a presence in cottage country and are very active in many small farming and forestry communities, and in towns through eastern Ontario and West Quebec. While church services, communications and activities you will learn about at this website are principally in English, we are also very pleased to have a French-speaking congregation at St. Alban’s near the University of Ottawa and a Inuktitut-speaking congregation at St. Margaret’s, Vanier.

We acknowledge that our diocese is on traditional Algonquin and Mohawk territories. We seek to nurture our relationship with our Indigenous members and neighbours, and to share responsibility for their homelands.

Dear Abdul, Aisha, Sikander, and OMA,
I am writing on behalf of my parish of St John’s South March in Kanata, and the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa to express to you my, and our, deep sadness, outrage, and horror at the devastating attacks leveled against the Muslim Community in New Zealand, as reported this morning. Please know of our prayers, individually and corporately, and our support for your community in our midst. Such an attack is horrific and unthinkable at any time, and in my estimation, somehow especially barbaric when it is in the midst of an assembly of prayer, compassion and humility before God. Please, if appropriate, pass on our concern, condolences and prayers to your communities
We hold you in our hearts in the midst of this shocking event,
The Reverend Canon John Wilker-Blakley
Parish Priest and Diocesan Interfaith Officer
Anglican Diocese of Ottawa


Burns Night at the Cathedral


Archived Spotlights
Burns Night 2019
Anne Skene, whose son Dugald is Chief of the Clan Skene, was an honoured guest at the Cathedral’s Burns night, where Garth Hampson was MC and her daughter (and cathedral member) Abigail Campbell was soloist. Photo Tom Barnes

Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it, But we hae meat, and we can eat, Sae let the Lord be thankit. — Robert Burns, 1759 -1796

The Scottish bard’s 250th birthday brought out the kilts, toasts and musical talents at Christ Church Cathedral on January 26, where the ACW (Anglican Church Women) hosted a Burns night for the fourth year in a row. The evening was replete with music and words, food and fun. The Cathedral Girls Choir directed by James Calkin sang before servers presented a traditional feast including haggis in the famous Scotch sauce. The cathedral’s lady from the highlands, Abigail Campbell, sang the sweet and funny songs of the bard a capella. Canon Bill Fairlie and Brad Hampson entertained on the pipes and yet another head chorister, Geoff Heintzman, “addressed” the Haggis.  The toast to the Immortal Memory came from Bjorn Holtby, whose wife Ineke accompanied Master of Ceremonies Garth Hampson in traditional Scottish selections. Finally, Eleanor Hampson replied, hilariously, to Anna Kempffer-Hossack’s rendition of Burns’ well-loved Toast to the Lassies. — notes from Garth Hampson

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Welcoming Homes: A Diocesan Forum on Affordable Housing

May 11, 2019 9am – 3:30pm – Christ Church Bells Corners 3861 Old Richmond Road, Nepean. K2H 5C1
All parishes are welcome to a day of learning, information, sharing and resources.

Morning Workshops A. Opportunities for Affordable Housing in Rural Communities B. Development 101: “Getting Started”

Afternoon Workshops C. No Money and No Land? Ways Your Parish can get Involved D. Creating Innovative Partnerships for Housing

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Full info and registration link: https://welcominghomes.eventbrite.ca

Bishop John update

Dear Friends,

Today, I had a fulsome meeting with a thoracic surgeon and the news looks promising indeed.

In the next few weeks I will undergo two surgeries. The first is a more intrusive biopsy (general anesthetic) of the mass and surrounding lymph nodes. This will confirm what is already expected, which is that the mass is contained in the middle lobe of the right lung. Following this procedure, I will undergo a second surgery to remove the middle lobe of the lung.

The surgeon has informed Catherine and I that, forgoing any unexpected complications, the prognosis is excellent, and I will be able to return to normal living and ministry soon.

Catherine and I cannot find the words to express to you, the clergy and people of our wonderful diocese, our gratitude for upholding us in your prayers, cards sent, as well as emails and texts. Your care and compassion and hopefulness have uplifted us throughout these difficult days.

There will be more to come, but the future, thanks be to God, looks promising indeed.

Yours in the faith of Christ,

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Easter advertising campaign

Deadline for orders March 15
Once again, the Diocese will arrange and subsidize paid advertisements informing readers of the times and locations of Holy Week services and Easter special events. Ads will be placed in the Ottawa Citizen, community newspapers and any other regional papers requested by parishes choosing to participate in this paid advertising program. These high profile display advertisements will appear in Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday papers in advance of Palm Sunday.

New Interim Executive Director of Centre 454

The Bishop’s Office is pleased to announce that Amanda Rocheleau MSW, RSW,
is serving as the Interim Executive Director of Centre 454Interim Executive Director of Centre 454 effective
immediately. The hiring process for a permanent Executive Director will
soon be under way. Welcome Amanda!

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