Going to Italy?

The Church of the Ascension Cadenabbia Lake Como Italy

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Should you be considering a trip to Italy and to the region of Lake Como you might like to consider calling in on the Church of the Ascension at Cadenabbia (Immediately opposite Bellagio) on Lake Como.

The Church is open daily and our regular Sunday Morning Service in English is at 10.30am to which you would be most welcome at this very inspiring and beautiful part of the world.

The Church is also available for Weddings, Renewal of Wedding Vows, Baptisms, Retreats and all the normal services of the Church.

The Church was built by residents and holiday makers back in the 1890's, it is one of the important land marks of Cadenabbia and should you be walking the Greenways Walk it is mentioned as a place to visit. This prominent church with a number of fine features is immediately opposite the Passenger and Car Ferry in Cadenabbia. 

More information can be found on the website - www.churchonlakecomo.com or Facebook - Church of the Ascension.

Rev'd Roger Williams. Chaplain. Email - revrgwilliams@hotmail.com

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Diocese of Saskatoon Elects New Bishop

The Rev. Chris Harper (pictured here at a Water Blessing at Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto) was elected bishop of the diocese of Saskatoon September 8. Photo: Michael Hudson

The Rev. Chris Harper (pictured here at a Water Blessing at Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto) was elected bishop of the diocese of Saskatoon September 8. Photo: Michael Hudson

The Rev. Chris Harper, Indigenous native priest for the diocese of Toronto, was elected on the fourth ballot during an electoral synod in the diocese of Saskatoon September 8. Harper is to be consecrated as bishop of the diocese November 17.

Harper says he is “incredibly humbled by the encouragement, blessings and prayers” that he has received since the election. “It’s stunning,” he says, adding that he has received messages of support from within the dioceses of Saskatoon and Toronto as well as across Canada and internationally.

“It’s overwhelming what has to be done now, now that the rubber’s hitting the road, so to speak.”

For Harper, who was born in Paradise Hill, Sask., and spent much of his life in Saskatchewan and Alberta, the transition to the diocese of Saskatoon is somewhat of a homecoming. “Wherever parish ministry has called me…that’s always been home,” he says, “But this actually feels like going to true home, where I’ve got relatives, I’ve got my friends and a lot of acquaintances that I’ve known for many, many years.” He also knows many of the parishes and clergy in the diocese, he says.

As one of the smallest self-supporting dioceses, Harper says Saskatoon is well-positioned to accommodate a “family structure,” where “everyone recognizes each other as family, sharing resources, sharing and supporting each other in prayer.”

He hopes he can encourage this “familial feel” both in the culture of the diocese and the way it is structured, he says. While the church often talks about being a “community,” Harper says, the word “family” denotes something deeper. “To be family means you’re going to disagree. Anybody who has brothers or sisters knows you’re going to disagree. But still, you always come back to the same table, and you always share what you have, and you will always love and forgive. That’s the difference between a community and a family.”

For a diocese, “You share resources, you share the meal in that way, and you become a little more open and conversational in that sense, too. It’s a different way of looking at things, but I think it may work.”

But first, he says, he wants to hear from parishioners. “My first agenda is to hear the people…to get to just about as many of the parishes that I can and try to let them know that I will be there, and I am there, for them and with them, and that we can do anything together. Especially if we do it prayerfully and as the spirit leads us.”

Harper’s other goals are to foster greater unity and reconciliation in the diocese. “Oftentimes, the way I see it is, we bubble ourselves. My community, my church, this exists, this is it. This is all we do. Anything outside that bubble doesn’t really exist. I want to try to pop the bubbles of expectations, of self-need and desire, and instead to see where everybody’s together at the one table.”

Harper, who is Plains Cree, has been the diocese of Toronto’s Indigenous native priest since 2016. The position has taught him a lot about the realities of working toward reconciliation in the church.

“The church right now has a real desire to go right into reconciliation, looking at a timeline. ‘All right, well, we’ll be all reconciled within the next two years,’ ” he says. But before that can happen, he says, there must first be “knowledge, understanding, acceptance, acknowledgment, [then] hearing of the stories, and then you go into reconciliation.”

Indigenous people, he says, “are still at the stage of wanting to tell their story—tell their history, tell their need, tell their pain. And they need somebody to listen. But if everybody’s already left the table to become reconciled and work on reconciliation, they’re still missing half the table. So, I’ve been really pushing the churches to truly listen, and that becomes part of reconciliation.” This is especially important in the lead-up to General Synod 2019, he says.

Indigenous Anglican leaders are hoping to present a resolution to create a self-determining Indigenous church within the Anglican Church of Canada to General Synod when it meets in 2019.

Another issue that looms large over the upcoming meeting of General Synod is the proposed marriage canon amendment. When asked his views on the amendment, Harper says, “I can never give anything in the short, because a short answer is either a yes or a no, which is divisive. But a long answer is a…bit…more…open to interpretation and invitation to understanding in the broader sense, so I give long stories.”

Indigenous communities traditionally survived by recognizing the value of change, he says. “Whenever somebody came into the community and they brought something new, it was embraced, because it only meant that they were getting better at doing something. They were finding out something new and exciting, a new way of looking at things…No community ever survived by staying the same, otherwise they’d still be with sticks and rocks.” It didn’t matter who was coming into the community, he says, “whether they were male, female, by all the divisive labels we put on ourselves now. As long as they had something to contribute to the whole, they were embraced, and they [became] part of a family.” Rather than labelling people, he says, he wants to “see people as children of God—it sort of takes down those barriers. We start to look at each other just a little bit differently and hopefully with the same sense of peace.”

Harper says that it is with some regret that he leaves the diocese of Toronto—“I still feel I was just getting started”—but that “the Lord brings us all to the field to do some things, as we hear in Scripture. Some are there just to plant the seed, others to nurture, others to watch over it, some to weed. We all have these things for the final harvest.”

While he is looking forward to what’s to come, “right now there’s the little things that one’s never thought of,” he says, giving the example of a lesson recently learned shopping for bishop’s attire—“Did you know there are different types of purple?”

His very first order of business, he says, will be to sit down and thank everyone who has offered their congratulations. “I’ve been asking everybody for prayer…I know this in the back of my mind, I don’t do this alone. I walk with a great, wonderful, strong leadership.”

Harper was an emergency medical technician before completing a certificate of Indigenous Anglican Theology from James Settee College in the diocese of Saskatchewan and a masters of divinity from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. He was ordained as a priest in 2005. He served as a priest in Saskatchewan and Ontario before becoming Indigenous native priest in the diocese of Toronto in 2016.

The current bishop of Saskatoon, David Irving, will retire at the end of September. Irving has served as bishop since 2010.

KAREN WALTER ORDAINED TO TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE

Photograph courtesy of Joan Irving

Photograph courtesy of Joan Irving

On a cool and wet Sunday afternoon on Aug 26th Karen Lorraine Walter was ordained to the diaconate in a joyous and festive service at St. Mathew’s Anglican Church, Sutherland by the Right Reverend David M. Irving, Bishop of Saskatoon. The Rev. Dr. Iain Luke, Principal of the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad provided the homily for the service. In the picture the newly ordained Rev. Karen (to the left of Bishop Irving) stands with bishop and the priests and deacons attending the ordination service.

Photograph courtesy of Joan Irving

Photograph courtesy of Joan Irving

Closeup of the newly ordained Rev. Karen Lorraine Walter and the Right Reverend David M. Irving, Bishop of Saskatoon with the Dean and other clergy of the diocese after her ordination to the diaconate on Sunday, Aug 26th at St. Matthew’s, Sutherland.

2016/0/04 Klaus Gruber to receive award

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Diocesan Refugee Coordinator, and Cathedral Warden, Klaus Gruber is being given a very prestigious Global Citizenship Award by the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation.  These awards are presented annually during International Development Week.  The Global Citizen Award recognizes Saskatchewan people who make amazing contributions to international development, co-operation, peace and justice.  His award will be presented at a gala dinner on February 11th in Saskatoon.

KLAUS GRUBER and his wife Margie have been advocates for refugees for over 35 years in Saskatoon. Klaus is the refugee coordinator for the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon, a volunteer position he has held for more than 20 years. He has been a member of the Saskatoon Refugee Coalition since 1994 and a member of the Canadian Council for Refugees. Klaus has also been on the council of the Canadian Sponsorship Agreement Holders Association, and a member of the NGO-Government Committee, a national body addressing refugee policies and procedures. Klaus is also a member of the Primate's World Relief Fund

refugee network. Klaus served on the board of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund and remains an honourary member of the board.

Beyond Klaus' organizational leadership he has personally made a tremendous personal contribution to refugees in Canada. He and his wife, Margie, have been involved in about 15 sponsorship cases involving about 50 - 60 people. Klaus and Margie have had more than 12 refugees living with them for various periods of time, from 6 months to about 2 years. They remain very close to many of these families. Klaus has had the opportunity to visit refugee camps and programs in Kenya, Cairo and Columbia.

Outside of his work with refugees, Klaus has been a social worker for 45 years and was Executive Director of Family Service Saskatoon for 9 years and the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. He has also been a sessional lecturer at the University of Regina since 1988.

2015/06/28 St. Bride's 100th Anniversary

 St. Bride's at Watson recently celebrated the 100th Anniversary of their church.

On June 28 and it was great to have a full church with people coming from other Anglican churches in the area mainly Humboldt, Wynyard and Wadena. The music was led by the St. Andrews Humboldt musicians. It was a beautiful sunny day and after the service we all were invited for a lunch in the local community hall.  Visitors from Watson town, the mayor and others helped St. Brides celebrate the 100 years giving service to the town and area.

Photograph courtesy of Joan Irving

Photograph courtesy of Joan Irving

And, there was cake!