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.


April 15


Archived Spotlights

Photo: Leigh Anne Williams

The Diocese’s two wonder-workers, episcopal executive assistant Heidi Pizzuto and conference and event coordinator Heidi Danson, are watching their in-boxes for your Bishop’s Gala reservation.

They shared a relaxed moment with Archbishop Fred Hiltz and Canon Monica Patten at a recent PWRDF reception in Cathedral Hall, which you will read about in the May issue of Crosstalk.

Go on, send Heidi Pizzuto or Heidi Danson a message— and contribute to Bishop Chapman’s discretionary fund. It does so much to meet emergency needs of postulants and others, and to boost unexpected but vital parish projects.

There are still places available at the May 8 gala dinner, the main social event of the diocesan year. If you are unable to attend the party, a contribution from you to the fund would still be most welcome!

News, Events

Buzz & Biz

Keeping you up-to-date

Bishop Update

I am very happy to let you know that John has been home for several days
following successful surgery earlier this month. His full recovery will take
some time but overall he is doing extremely well, thanks be to God.

We are both truly overwhelmed by your ongoing prayers and support. It means
the world to us, and John is deeply grateful.

John wants you to know that he is committed to upholding every diocesan
ministry and congregation in his prayers during Holy Week and Eastertide,
and that he looks forward to being in touch personally in the next while.

With sincere thanks and our very best wishes.

Catherine Chapman

c/o The Office of the Bishop of Ottawa

Energy benchmarking program

March 28, 2019—At the Christian Council’s March meeting, a representative from Faith and the Common Good described the Greening Sacred Spaces project called the “Energy Benchmarking Program”. This program is to help parishes make decisions about “greening” activities and to suggest benchmarks by which to judge improvements in energy usage and cost savings. For churches, the first step is to get informed about the program, then sign permissions for program representatives to research your hydro and other energy bills.

The Rev. John Wilker-Blakley, diocesan ecumenical officer, attended the meeting and reports, “They have you sign permissions to research your hydro and other energy bills, and then they track them for you, putting them into a constant $$ value (for example, 2012 dollars) to remove the impact of inflation and energy cost rises. This enables a community to calculate simply…the increases, decreases of energy cost, and usage over a period of years as things like LED lights are installed, or solar panels are used. Especially if you are in an older building and have been making changes this can be a useful tool for helping to encourage further work. Did that insulation really make a difference…? The simple benchmarking reports will help you to determine the answer so that all can see it.”

http://www.faithcommongood.org/energy_benchmarking or contact Charlie Scromeda at greeningsacredspacesottawa@gmail.com

Special event for donors – Cornerstone

Cornerstone Housing for Women, Ottawa held a special event for donors this month, including the Anglican Foundation of Canada. The Foundation granted funds to seed a brand new initiative to provide a part-time Elder and Indigenous support worker in this repurposed convent that now provides housing for 42 women who have been chronically homeless. 10% of the units are for Indigenous women as part of Cornerstone’s commitment to Truth & Reconciliation. The residence was formerly the convent of the Sisters of Jeanne d’Arc in Westboro. One of the residents thanked the donors with these words, “Thank you for giving me a home when I had nothing.”  Read more.

Five nominated to head our national church

March 27 — Five bishops have been nominated by the House of Bishops to stand for election as the 14th primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. They are: Archbishop Ron Cutler (Nova Scotia/ PEI), Bishop Michael Oulton (Ontario), Bishop Jane Alexander (Edmonton), Bishop Linda Nicholls (Huron), and Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson (Calgary/ Rupert’s Land). Read more

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

Download poster (prints 2 sides)

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

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