Continuing his report on the Belleville Clergy Conference, Fr. Lee Kenyon writes:
St John’s clergy, past and present. Our Parish Deacon, Deacon Martens sits facing away, on the far left, talking to Jane Hodgins, Fr Hodgins’ wife, and Barbara Shier, wife of Fr Michael Shier, the Administrator at Our Lady of Walsingham, Vancouver. Fr Jonathan Gibson, Parochial Vicar here at St John’s, sits to my right. Taking the photograph is Fr John Hodgins, Parochial Administrator at St Thomas More, Toronto. He was a parishioner at St John’s back in the 1970s. So, this was the Canadian corner of the room!
My predecessor at St John’s is the cheeky chap seen above, Fr Michael Birch, who served as Rector of the former Anglican parish from 1974-1984. It’s hard to believe that I didn’t even exist for the first four years of his time at St John’s (as I often remind him!), but he was a young rector here in the parish. He is now retired and serves alongside Fr Don Malins at Blessed John Henry Newman, Victoria, as Parochial Vicar and delights in taking photographs of his beloved Dean(!)
Another piece of news to share is that Msgr Steenson formally appointed Fr Carl Reid, formerly of the Annunciation, Ottawa, as the new Priest Administrator of Blessed John Henry Newman, Victoria, in succession to Msgr Peter Wilkinson, who will remain a part of the community, thus allowing him much more time to assist the Anglicanae Traditiones commission as it works towards the final completion of the Divine Worship Missal, which is now delayed until sometime in 2015.