The Rt. Revd. David M. Irving

 Welcome to the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon.  Our diocese encompasses a geographical area of over 75,000 sq. kilometres spanning the central agricultural area of Saskatchewan, from Manitoba to Alberta.  The city of Saskatoon is the see city and there are ten congregations serving the city.  The rural portion of the diocese is served by thirty two congregations. 

Please explore this website and discover our ministries, our worship places, and our communities. This website will be changing and growing as new information is added.  We invite you to visit often to stay current on all events in our diocese.

In addition to visiting this website, we invite you to come and worship with us in one of our congregations.

+David Saskatoon

Tuesday
Jul122016

2016/12/2016 Updated Information about Marriage Canon Vote

Greetings,

Please note the following correction from General Synod 2016 received just minutes ago:

A voting error reveals that a clergy vote was recorded as a lay vote. There was, in fact, a 2/3 clergy majority.

“Primate: "It does appear... we did have a 2/3 vote in the order of clergy... A051, amended, is carried." ‪#‎GS2016

+David

Tuesday
Jul122016

2016/07/12 General Synod 2016 - Message from Bishop David

Three years ago, General Synod established a Commission to bring a resolution to change Canon XXI on marriage to allow the marriage of same-sex couples in the same way as opposite-sex couples.

After much consultation across the country engaging with those against and those in favour, same gender couples and heterosexual couples, youth and elderly, indigenous elders to name a few, the commission's report on the marriage canon, "This Holy Estate"  provided us with a compelling mandate to move forward with an understanding of the sacrament of marriage that is inclusive for all people.

Your delegates along with the other members of General Synod have spent a good deal of time, in mixed discussion groups, debating the possible change. Although we have been asked to listen to each other with generous and open hearts some conversations have been difficult and painful and others in respectful dialogue.

Yesterday evening, Monday July 11th, General Synod voted. The motion had to pass by two thirds in each order to move to a second reading. In the order of bishop's and lay it passed but it was defeated by one vote in the order of clergy. When I return to Saskatoon I will discuss with our diocesan leadership what this means for us and the needs of the LGBTQ2 community in our diocese. The current marriage canon does not contain a definition of marriage or prohibit the solemnizing of same-sex marriage, according to the chancellor of General Synod, and diocesan bishops may exercise moral authority by authorizing liturgies to respond to pastoral needs within their diocese.

While I believe many will think, not changing the marriage canon, is good news there are others that will be greatly saddened that we could not walk together on this issue. Please remember In the life of the church there are no winners or losers. I pray that in the midst of the differences that exist God's grace will inspire us to continue to break bread together and walk humbly with our God.

I want to thank our delegates Mr. Chris Wood, Ms. Meghan Lofgren, Archdeacon Ken Watts and Rev. Alex Parsons who represented our diocese ably and well throughout this debate.

 

In God's peace,

+David

Thursday
Sep242015

2015/09/24 Bishop David's Sabbatical 

 I am writing this article while on sabbatical where I have been visiting a number of monasteries, spending time in prayer and meditation, and considering some of the great religious figures.

Last week I came across a small island just off the west coast of Ireland called Skellig Michael. The island is now a World Heritage Site and UNESCO described Skellig Michael in 1996 as a unique example of an early religious settlement which illustrates, as no other site can, the extremes of Christian monasticism.

In the fifth, sixth and seventh centuries, when most of Europe was still in the "dark ages", Christianity was flourishing especially brightly in Ireland. The early Celtic church was loosely organized and allowed room for individuality. Monasteries were self-governing the philosophy and style was quite different from that of the more structured Church of Rome. The inspiration of the Celtic Church came partly from the "Desert Fathers" of the third century Egypt who sought God, in solitude, in the desert. Silence, solitude and meditation were important expects of Celtic spirituality together with fasting and other bodily privations designed to build up the soul by curbing the body.

The monastery consisted of groups of individual cells where monks lived separately, meeting together for worship and Eucharist. Some monks never left the monastery and lived in conditions of almost unbelievable harshness and loneliness, like the monastery on the bare, barren rock of Skellig Michael.

Other monks, like St. Columba, who spent many years travelling through Ireland setting up monasteries, including Kells monastery. (Columba –in Irish "Columcille"—the Dove of the Church"). Unfortunately in 563AD when he was about forty he became involved in a dispute over the copyright of a manuscript, a transcript of the psalms. As is the way with human beings, even monks, the dispute escalated and eventually led to open warfare in which many were killed. Columba felt so guilty about this incident that he imposed on himself voluntary exile. He vowed to leave his homeland and devote himself to evangelism abroad. He sailed towards Scotland with a group of monks and settled on the island of Iona in the north-west of Scotland. He established a monastery on Iona where the monks devoted themselves to manual work, study and prayer.

The monastery became famous and many nobility travelled there to be educated, rulers came to ask Columba for advice. He also travelled widely through Scotland, spreading the gospel and founding monasteries. Another monk who also travelled was Aidan, he went out on foot, spreading the word.

St. Columba died in 597AD his monastery on Iona continued to flourish. In the eighth century the historian Bede described it as known for "purity of life, love of God, and loyalty to the monastic rule." However, soon the Viking invaders made life impossible and the monks moved inland, taking their books with them. The magnificently illustrated "Book of Kells" was probably produced on Iona and later moved for safety to Kells. Today, Iona is again famous for its monastery and the Iona community acts as a source of guidance and inspiration for many people.

Next week I will be in Canterbury visiting one of the great cathedrals and another chapter of history.

Peace,

+David

Tuesday
Dec092014

Great Expectations - An Advent Message from Bishop David