Lutheran Anglican Women’s Retreat


On October 12 +13, 2018, 45 Lutheran and Anglican women held a women’s retreat at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Saskatoon, under the theme “Walking Our Faith”. The facilitator was the Reverend Jessica Latshaw of Saskatoon.

On Friday evening the participants were invited to meet together to socialize and hear an overview of what they would be doing Saturday at the retreat, and also they participated in a brief worship service.

The Saturday retreat was a time of renewed friendships as we went “walking our faith” to 5 different stations in fellowship, singing, learning and fun. There was food for the body in refreshment breaks and a delicious noon meal; Food for the mind through scripture reading and meditation; Food for the spirit in the Communion service that concluded the retreat.

This is the second time the Lutheran women and the Anglican women have met together in a women’s gathering. There is a Lutheran Anglican Women’s Retreat Committee set up that planned this retreat and will be planning one for next fall.

Submitted by Lorraine Harilstad

Award Winning Article

Joan Irving and Elaine Hrycenko recognized by Canadian Church Press

Joan Irving and Elaine Hrycenko received first place for their biographical profile Joan Ayres served as a Christian Youth Workeras published in November, 2015 Saskatchewan Anglican. This award was given during the Canadian Church Press Conference in Toronto April 29, 2016.

The Canadian Church Press includes representation from 59 members publications including mainline Catholic and evangelical churches. Awards are judged by a panel of accomplished journalists and academics recognizing high standards of religious journalism. For Joan and Elaine’s article, the judge wrote – “This piece flows from the heart, without being sentimental, which makes it a wonderful tribute to a wonderful Woman.”

Click here to read the article by Elaine Hrycenko and Joan Irving.


Photograph by Cathy Tickner

Photograph by Cathy Tickner

An embroidered quilt top/bedspread (unfinished) was discovered among various treasures stored away in at the home of Jean Bennett as she was preparing to “downsize” and move into a seniors’ residence in Melfort, SK in January 2015.   Jean does not recall how she came into possession of the quilt top/bedspread, unless perhaps her older sister, Mary (Trent) Swaffield passed it along to her, as it is thought Mary’s initials are on the square depicting the “Junior W.A. Pathlow 1933”.  Unfortunately, Mary is now deceased.    Contact was made with the Saskatoon Diocesan Archivist and the Saskatoon Diocesan ACW for possible information, but it will take some time to research any records.   Meanwhile, it is hoped that someone reading this article might have some recollection of either having participated in this project or heard about it through family members or, perhaps, it was mentioned in ACW minutes that are in storage.   

The quilt top/bedspread does not have a backing on it, but has been bound along the outer edges with light blue seam binding.   There are 30 squares in the approximate size of 10 1/2” x 11”, all beautifully hand embroidered in mostly floral designs and one square has a large outline of a butterfly.  Some of the fabric seems to be linen, but most is white or off-white cotton and perhaps cut from flour sacking.  There are a few squares in light beige cotton.  Some squares depict the year 1933 and one square indicates April 1933.  Also embroidered on the squares are names of various ACW branches, Anglican parishes, a Girl’s Auxiliary, a Sunday School, and also initials of probably the people who embroidered the squares, and most depict place names throughout the Anglican Dioceses of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon and, possibly Qu’Appelle, as well as names from England, and British Columbia.   Names that might help in identifying this special project are as follows: Bethlehem; Buckle, Eng.; Whitefish Lake, 1933; Cortez Island, BC, 1933; Whaletown, BC, 1933 (Note:  Whaletown, BC is located on Cortez Island, BC); All Saints Church, Melfort, 1933 & initials D.I.T.; St. George’s Girl’s Auxiliary, Saskatoon;  Bradninch, Eng.;  Duffield, & initials:  K. J. M.;  Rich Valley, W.A., Sask.;  Leask, Sask. 1933; Big Beaver & initials:  L.P. 1933; St. James Evening Branch, Saskatoon;  All Saints Mothers’ Union;  St. James Saskatoon, 1933;  Debden & initials:  L.C.;  Junior W.A. Pathlow, 1933, initials:  M.E.T.;  All Saints, S. School;  Shell River, Sask, April 1933;  Maggies;  Birchmoor, Eng. & initials:  E.D.;  Prince Albert;  Canwood, 1933;  Mrs. J.B., Polwarth, 1933 (note: Polwarth seems to be a place name NW of Canwood, SK);  Biggar, Sask. & initials:  M.S.;  St. James W.A., Saskatoon;  Shellbrook, 1933.  Each square is machine sewn together and outlined in light blue embroidery stitching.   

Possible ideas for the purpose of the project are:  a prayer-partner project;  maybe a special project relating to the split of the original Diocese of Saskatchewan to form the current Dioceses of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon which would have occurred at approximately the time this embroidery project seems to have been made.  Another possibility might be that it was a Dorcas project.  In the “Pathways to Pathlow” history book, reference was made to the Junior W.A. (which was formed in the 1930’s) as follows:  “Following studies and devotions, the girls were taught handicrafts.  They made articles to be sold at the W.A. Bazaars as well as items and quilt-blocks for Dorcas work.”   

Please share this article and photo within your parishes, your family and friends to see if there are any memories about this project.   If you have information, please contact Saskatoon Diocesan ACW President:  Elta Fae Marlor by e-mail:, or Peter Coolen, Archivist for Diocese of Saskatoon,

- Submitted by:  Cathy Tickner

Hope Bear Video

When she was President of the Anglican Women’s Executive, Elaine Hrycenko was an enthusiastic promoter of the Hope Bears. Click on the link below to learn more about this excellent part of the Anglican Foundation. Scroll down for a link to Elaine’s “Hope Bear Video”.

Hope Bear

Hope Bear joined AFC in 2011 as a tangible reminder that the Anglican Church cares for kids in Canada by establishing a Kids Helping Kids Fund. With a $20 donation, you can have your own AFC Hope Bear – a great gift for a special celebration – with all funds going to support:

  • providing kids a nutritious breakfast before school

  • helping kids with homework after school

  • caring for kids with a terminal diagnosis

  • giving kids a chance to go to summer camp or choir school