Bishop Update

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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

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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.” or contact Charlie Scromeda at

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


Special event for donors – Cornerstone

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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

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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

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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:

Bishop John update

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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,

Bishop’s Gala & Silent Auction

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The Rt. Rev. John H. Chapman cordially invites you to attend the 37th Annual Bishop’s Gala Dinner and Silent Auction. The Gala is a fundraising event to support the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund; a fund which enables Bishop Chapman to respond quickly and compassionately to compelling and often unexpected situations locally, nationally, and internationally that are beyond the diocesan budget.

Please join us May 8, 2019, 6:00-10:00pm for an evening of friendship, fellowship, food, and fun. In addition, don’t forget about our silent auction which has something for everyone and gets better every year! (Cash, cheques, and credit cards accepted at the Silent Auction). It truly is a lovely evening in support of an important cause close to all of our hearts.

RSVP by April 12, 2019