Burns Night at the Cathedral

Burns Night 2019Anne 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

Posted February 11, 2019

Bishop John Chapman on medical leave

On Tuesday, January 29th a mass was discovered on Bishop John Chapman’s right lung. Further testing and treatment will take place in the near future.

Bishop Chapman has chosen to take medical leave, effective immediately, in order to give full attention to his health. The Bishop has appointed his Assisting Bishop, the Right Reverend Michael Bird, to be his Commissary during this leave.

Bishop Michael will work collegially with the Senior Staff of the Diocese and the staff of the Synod Office to ensure that the ministry of the Diocese continues without interruption. He will have regular office hours in the Synod Office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the duration of Bishop Chapman’s leave.

Please keep Bishop John in your prayers, remembering also Catherine and their family.

Further updates will be provided as time unfolds.

The Office of the Bishop of Ottawa

Posted January 31, 2019.


Henry Schultz
appointed Vice Chancellor of the Diocese of Ottawa

Nov. 20, 2018 —Bishop John Chapman has announced the appointment of Mr. Henry Schultz as Vice Chancellor of the Diocese.

Henry SchultzHis duties, while part of the backdrop to regular church life, are central to the well being of the Diocese. In the words of Canon 3.04, “the duties of the Chancellor and any Vice Chancellors shall be to advise the Bishop and Synod in all matters of discipline, difficulty or doubt…”
Mr. Schultz brings much—education, legal and church experience—to the position. In addition to legal expertise and knowledge of government operations, he has extensive experience as a strategic legal advisor to large organizations.

A graduate of Trinity College, University of Toronto (B.A.), Queen’s University (M.A.) and the Faculty of Law of McGill University (LL.B), Henry Schultz has been a member of the Law Society of Ontario since 1988.

After practising in a large corporate/commercial firm in Toronto, Mr. Schultz joined the federal Department of Justice in Ottawa in 1990. During a 28-year career at the Department of Justice, his focus was federal administrative and regulatory law. Between 2001 and 2018, he served as executive director of the Legal Services units at three large federal government departments (Agriculture, Environment and Transport). In August 2018, he retired from the federal service at the level of Senior General Counsel.

A lifelong Anglican, Mr. Schultz and his family, including Jennifer Pepall and their three grown children, have attended Christ Church Cathedral since the late 1990s, where Henry served as Rector’s Warden from 2011 to 2014.

Canon Robin MacKay, who will work closely with Mr. Schultz through the coming year, says happily, in summary, “Henry brings [us] energy and enthusiasm as well as experience gained as a senior Department of Justice lawyer and in the private sector.”

Posted December 18, 2018



The Reverend Julian Campbell appointed Incumbent of St. James Manotick starting in February, 2019.

Rev. Julian CampbellI am The Rev. E. Julian Campbell, currently serving in the Diocese of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. I was born on Cat Island, Bahamas to a “football” size family of 13 siblings, of which I am one of a set of twins.

At a very early age I was taught to be open to what is different. As a result, I served in countries outside of The Bahamas, namely, the Diocese of North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba (NECA) and the Diocese of Barbados where I taught at Codrington College (Provincial seminary). With such a background, it was easy to accept the offer from the Diocese of Ottawa to become the next Incumbent of St. James, Manotick, February 15, 2019.

I am coming from turquoise waters where I sail daily to serve two islands (Harbour Island and Eleuthera) to the fluffy snow of Manotick; from a 3-point parish to a 1-point parish; from a smaller congregation to a larger; from all smells and bells to less; from only English to French too; but in all “changing scenes” of my life the Lord has been a constant presence. With the help from the lovely people of St James and the diocese, I will make these transitions smoothly.

Posted Nov. 29, 2018