Bishop update

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The Bishop’s Office is very pleased to let you know that Bishop John
underwent successful surgery yesterday to remove the mass on his right lung;
the surgeon was very pleased with the outcome. Bishop John will remain in
recovery and observation for 24-48 hours and we expect that he will be in
hospital for 3-5 days.

Catherine and the Chapman Family thank you all for your care, support, and

The Office of the Bishop of Ottawa


Jen Crawford to leave Centre 454

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Jen Crawford, the dynamic director of our Centre 454 community ministry since June 2014, has accepted a new position beginning in early March.  She is to be Executive Director of the OutCare Foundation, an independent charity raising funds for community-based palliative care in Eastern Ontario

Registration is Open: Ottawa School for Parish Development

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Rooted in the Anglican ethos, the school shapes church leaders to support and foster healthy, sustainable congregations. The skills and knowledge learned equip people on the individual, team, and whole system levels. Completing the program, you will be prepared to recognize your current reality, discern the future, and offer strategy, goals, and actions to move forward.

Participants will learn through plenary and small group sessions about change processes, facilitation, congregational and organizational development, personality type, and trust development. Working a series of models, case studies, and facilitated conversations, you will finish the two-year program over a course of eight weekends, confident in our ability to put knowledge to relevant and productive practice.

Registrants are encouraged to come in congregational teams of at least two or three people, of clergy and laity, as teams are proven more likely to create successful, positive change.

Register Today

Municipal Election 2018

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As Christians, we are called to love our neighbours and to help those in need. Among those we are called to love and help are the vulnerable in our communities, many of whom are directly impacted by the homelessness and affordable housing crisis that is ongoing throughout our province.

What can you do?

  • Discuss the issue of homelessness and affordable housing with your Member of Parliament, Member of Provincial Parliament, and candidates for Municipal Election
  • Talk with your friends and neighbours
  • Vote during the upcoming Municipal Election


2018 Ottawa Pride Parade

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Sunday, August 26 is the City of Ottawa’s annual Pride Parade. Once again this year, all parishes in the Diocese are invited to walk, together, in the parade to declare your mission to members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer community.

We will have the banner for the Diocese of Ottawa, but all parishes are also invited to bring a parish banner.

As was the case last year, participants are asked to assemble along Bank Street between Catherine and Gladstone, at approximately 12 noon. Look for the Diocese of Ottawa banner to join our contingent.

This is a great opportunity to demonstrate your welcome to all.

Information session re limited-time funding for sponsoring BVOR refugees

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Late last week, the University of Ottawa Refugee Hub announced that together with Jewish Family Services of Ottawa, it will administer a new fund created by the Shapiro Foundation and an anonymous donor that is aimed at facilitating the sponsorship of 1,000 refugees through the Blended Visa Office Referred (BVOR) program.

All sponsor costs will be generously covered for applications submitted by September 17, 2018, which is the deadline that will allow for the arrival of refugee families no later than the end of the year.

As the Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) which will handle many of these sponsorships in our area, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa will hold an information session for prospective BVOR sponsors at 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 16th at Christ Church Cathedral (414 Sparks St). We apologize for the short notice, but with the cut-off for the funding being only a month away, we don’t have very much time to get organized.

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Homelessness Sunday

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The Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario has prepared the Following resources for clergy and parishes to use on April 22, 2018 – Good Shepherd Sunday. This Sunday is identified as Homelessness Sunday and we hope to give all Anglicans an opportunity to pray, learn and act as they engage in a variety of resources provided for this day.

Available Resources:

  • Bulletin Inserts
  • Children’s and Youth Focus/Sunday School
  • Prayers of the People/Liturgy
  • Small Group Discussion/Bible Study
  • Special Prayers
  • Suggested Hymns
  • What we’re doing; stories from our Diocese
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2018 Easter Advertising Campaign

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The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa’s Easter Advertising Campaign allows parishes to reach the readers of local newspapers with a minimum of effort and expense. Information supplied by participating parishes will be included in a Diocese-organized ad in city and regional newspapers in advance of Palm Sunday.

Please review our Info Sheet for information (regarding the procedure, deadlines, and costs associated to taking part in the Easter Advertising Campaign) before submitting.

Deadline to order and participate in this Advertising Program is March 09.

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