FRANCES MARY SUTTON (nee ROOKE) June 8, 1924 – June 23, 2014

Frances Sutton, elder It is with deepest sadness that we say goodbye to our wonderful wife, mother and gran, Fran Sutton. Predeceased by her parents Victor and Lucy, and older brothers, Eric and Jim, she will be deeply missed by husband Bob, son Lloyd, daughter Elaine (Tim Kelly), grandson Riley Sutton, Riley’s mother Andrea Newsom, sisters-in-law Leila Rooke, Hazel Sutton and in-laws Dick and Mary-Lou Sutton, all extended family, friends and special friends Carol and Ron Craig and Bev and Frank Kostiuk.

Fran was born in 1924 on the Rooke farm outside Saltcoats, SK. She was one of the last of a Frances Sutton, younggeneration of farm kids who went to school on horseback. Moving to Winnipeg, MB after high school, she began her career with the Great West Life Company. Concurrently she joined the parish and the choir of St. John’s Cathedral Anglican Church where she met Bob (who sang bass). Sparks flew across the choir stalls and Bob and Fran married on June 3, 1950

Family life began with the arrival of Lloyd in 1955 and Elaine in 1957 and Fran dedicated herself to being the best mom in the world. Always there with a smile, encouragement, a laugh or advice, she truly loved being a mother. A woman of broad interests, she also enjoyed gardening, oil painting, piano playing, games, needlework and especially her activities with her women’s groups. She had a life-long dedication to the church and her faith was ever present in her day-to-day life.

The family would like to thank the Grace Hospice staff and volunteers for the loving care she received during the last 20 months of her life, to her wonderful Oncologist, Dr. Pat Harris and special thanks to Dean Paul Johnson for his spiritual support and love. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2W 5M9, or to the Grace Hospice through the Grace Hospital Foundation, 300 Booth Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3J 3M7.

The funeral will take place at St. John’s Cathedral, with The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson presiding, at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 28, with interment to follow in the Cathedral Churchyard.  A light lunch will be served in the John West Hall.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 25, 2014

Fran Sutton – Requiescat in Pace


Our beloved sister Fran Sutton died early this morning.  May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

The funeral service for Fran will be held at her beloved St. John’s Cathedral on Saturday, June 28th, at 2 p.m.  Further details will follow.  Please pray for Bob (They just celebrated their 64th anniversary!) and for her children Elaine (Tim) and Lloyd.

Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord.
And let light perpetual shine upon her.

Sunday at the Cathedral: Holy Trinity


Trinity, nativeNO DEAN’S FORUM

10:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist for Trinity Sunday

Noon or so… Coffee, tea, and koinonia… Christian community

3 p.m. Ordination Service – God willing the following will be ordained priests in the Church of God, within The Anglican Church of Canada:

Allison Christine Chubb
Helen Wanda Holbrook
Kara Dawn Mandryk
Steven Glenn Scribner
Lissa May Wray Beal

Presider: Bishop Don Phillips
Preacher: The Rev. Helen Kennedy
Host: The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson

Reception to follow in the John West Hall.

From the Dean’s Desk (and the pen of Rene Jamieson): The Matthew 25 Project

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”  (Matthew 25:34-36)
Winnipeg Harvest

In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 25:31-46, we are told that when Jesus returns he will ask us how we have treated those who are in need. If you’re not familiar with the passage, it’s well worth taking a few minutes to read the whole passage.

At its May meeting, Vestry voted in favour of a motion for this parish to gather food regularly for Winnipeg Harvest. The severity of the past winter and the increasing number of Winnipeggers who need help to feed themselves and their families have Winnipeg Harvest struggling to keep its shelves stocked. The food gathered by Winnipeg Harvest is distributed to families throughout Winnipeg via its network of some 120 volunteer food banks located in churches, community centres, schools, universities, and more.

Many of those families include children, and they rely on Winnipeg Harvest and its network of neighbourhood food banks to stretch their meagre food budgets. We hope that you will join your fellow parishioners in gathering non-perishable food items to help to stock Harvest’s depleted shelves. As you are able, you are invited to bring at least one of the following items: canned fish (tuna or salmon, packed in water), canned meat (ham, chicken, turkey), canned fruit (packed in its own juice),canned vegetables, canned stew, canned chili, canned brown beans, peanut butter (the less added sugar the better), baby food and infant cereal, wholegrain pasta, packaged brown, converted or parboiled rice, canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes, high fibre/non-sugary cereals (like oatmeal, Shredded Wheat, Weetabix, Red River cereal, Cream of Wheat),and canned soups (particularly lentil, pea or vegetable soups). Look for the boxes and sign in the narthex.

For more information, contact the Matthew 25 Project co-ordinator Ted Ash at

Oh, just one more thing, why not give thanks for the food which you are privileged to eat, every day, each bite, and every sip of clean, safe water? We’ve earned it, we might be tempted to say, but the truth is different: All is gift from God’s gracious hand. God has given enough for all to share in God’s generosity and abundance. To paraphrase a follower of Jesus who was not a Christian, Mahatma Gandhi, there is enough for the need of all, but not enough for the greed of all. So, what else can we say?

Thanks be to God!

PATRICK ST CLAIR JORDAN – Requiescat in Pace

Pat Jordan, obitIt is with profound sadness that the family announces the very sudden passing of Patrick St Clair Jordan on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at age 83. Left to cherish his memory are; son Curt (Joan), daughter Jo-Anne (Don), grandchildren Chris (Pam), Sean (Maureen), Jennifer (Dustin), Bryan (Chantale) and Tanya. Great-grandchildren Erin, Nicole, Jessica (Jesse), Devon, Ashley, Tori, Marissa, Kyren, Kaden, Brody, Taylor and Alaina. Great-great- grandchildren Zachary, Zoey and Jasmine. Dad was predeceased by his son Allen in 1977, wife Wilma in 1999 and his parents Ken and Margaret and sister Alice. Dad was born in Winnipeg on December 14, 1930. He served with the Merchant Navy and then the Winnipeg Grenadiers from 1953 to 1955. While working as a milkman he met George Love who was the Chief of the North Kildonan Police Department and he offered Dad a job. Dad enlisted on January 15, 1956 and retired on October 21, 1989. Dad loved his time as a policeman and loved to tell stories about his time on the force to whoever would listen. Dad enjoyed meeting his fellow retired police officers for breakfast at the legion and to spend time swapping stories with them. Until the passing of Mom in 1999 Dad loved to travel in their motor home from one end of Canada to the other and numerous trips to Disney World, taking their children, grandchildren family and friends along for the ride. Dad was proud to be a member of the Canadian Merchant Navy and at one time served as the Director of the Manitoba Branch and National Vice President West. Dad will always be remembered for his willingness to always be there for family and lend a hand. He always enjoyed family dinners, but would never turn down the opportunity to dine at one of his favourite restaurants and especially to take a car ride to the Half Moon for a hot dog. According to Dad’s wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no formal funeral. There will be a private family gathering for the interment at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, a donation may be made in Dad’s memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 200- 310 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C0S6 or a charity of your choice.

Publish Date: May 31, 2014
Winnipeg Free Press, Passages

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord.
And let light perpetual shine upon him.

Jun 3 – Martyrs of Uganda

Originally posted on Holy Women, Holy Men:

Illumination - Martyrs of Uganda

The Martyrs of Uganda
3 Jun 1886

click here for books on the Martyrs of Uganda

From the Satucket Lectionary

On 3 June 1886, thirty-two young men, pages of the court of King Mwanga of Buganda, were burned to death at Namugongo for their refusal to renounce Christianity. In the following months many other Christians throughout the country died by spear or fire for their faith.

These martyrdoms totally changed the dynamic of Christian growth in Uganda. Introduced by a handful of Anglican and Roman missionaries after 1877, the Christian faith had been preached only to the immediate members of the court, by order of King Mutesa. His successor, Mwanga, became increasingly angry as he realized that the first converts put loyalty to Christ above the traditional loyalty to the king. Martyrdoms began in 1885. Mwanga first forbade anyone to go near a Christian mission on pain of death…

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By the numbers… Christians in the Holy Land

Old City and New

0.6 per cent of the world’s 2.2 billion Christians live in the Middle East and North Africa; they make up 4 per cent of the region’s total population, down 20 per cent from a century ago.

93 per cent of the population of the Middle East and North Africa is Muslim; 1.6 per cent is Jewish.

80 per cent of Christians in Israel are Arab-born.

84 per cent of Christian Arabs live in northern Israel, including Haifa.

161,000 Christians, who are permanent residents of Israel, constitute 2.1 per cent of the entire population.

9.5 per cent reside in Jerusalem.

38.8 per cent of non-Christian Arabs live in the Tel Aviv district.

34.4 per cent of non-Christians reside in northern Israel and in Haifa.

22,400 Christians live in Nazareth.

11,900 Christians live in Jerusalem.

3,400 non-Arab Christians live in Haifa.

3,100 non-Arab Christians live in Tel Aviv.

2,900 non-Arab Christians live in Jerusalem.

10.3 per cent of Christians living in Israel are age 65 and older.

Source:  Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life; Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, 2013

Why Jerusalem Sunday?

Anglican Journal

By Marites N. Sison on April, 04 2014


Jerusalem Sunday will honour the mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. 

On June 1, Canadian Anglicans will observe Jerusalem Sunday for the first time.

The new annual observance comes from General Synod’s 2013 resolution to set aside the seventh Sunday of Easter, commonly known as the Sunday after the Ascension, as a day to learn about the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. A special collection will also be requested for that diocese’s ministries in education, reconciliation, health care and hospitality.

“The Anglican Church of Canada and the Diocese of Jerusalem have been companions in mission for many years,” explained Andrea Mann, global relations director. “Jerusalem Sunday is intended to lift up this relationship and celebrate the ‘living stones’ of the diocese—Arab Christians and others serving in ministries of hospitality, education, health care and reconciliation in Jerusalem, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.”

Jerusalem Sunday is also important because “Jerusalem is a place of deep significance in the Christian story and in our Christian faith, historically and right up to today,” said Mann.

Many Canadian Anglicans visit Jerusalem; they listen about Jerusalem from Sunday to Sunday throughout the year, and others attend courses at the diocesan-run St. George’s College, Mann said. “There is already, and has been and will continue to be, a personal connection between Canadian Anglicans, between parishes, between dioceses and the [Diocese of] Jerusalem.”

But she noted that while the range and depth of connection are increasing, “we might as Canadian Anglicans visit Jerusalem, the Holy Land, on a tour and never encounter a Palestinian Christian, never visit the Diocese of Jerusalem knowingly…”

At the 2013 General Synod, the Canadian church also passed a resolution on peace and justice in Palestine and Israel, which commits Canadian Anglicans to educate themselves more deeply about the issue, to explore and challenge theories and beliefs such as Christian Zionism, anti-Semitism, theories denying the right of Israel to exist, Islamophobia and anti-Arab sentiments.

Jerusalem Sunday observance offers a tangible expression of the Anglican church’s support for its companion relationship with the Diocese of Jerusalem, Mann added.

Let Us Celebrate Jerusalem Sunday!

Jerusalem church

- Anglican Journal -

Jerusalem Sunday on June 1, 2014, is a new annual church observance to celebrate companionship in God’s mission with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.  The Diocese is a historic and active member of the Christian, ecumenical and interfaith community of the Middle East.  It is home to several thousand Arab Anglicans in thirty parishes and situated in one of the world’s holiest destinations for Christian, Jewish and Muslim pilgrims.

Regrettably, few religious tourists to the Holy Land today encounter Palestinian and other Arab Christians, or visit a parish church, school or hospital.  Jerusalem Sunday introduces us to the ‘living stones’ of the local Anglican church, to the ancestors of the first Christian communities indigenous to the region.  Jerusalem Sunday is an opportunity to meet Arab sisters and brothers in Christ in the Anglican Communion, and hear them talk about discipleship in the 21st century.

The ministries of the Diocese of Jerusalem bring hope, skills, health;  a peaceful future to those they serve.  Jerusalem Sunday is also an opportunity for Anglicans in Canada to send a measure of financial support to these ministries, especially the Penman Medical Clinic, Zababdeh, in the northern area of the West Bank.  The Penman Clinic, housed in the parish of St. Mathew, is a busy gathering place for townspeople, villagers and farmers seeking diagnostic tests, examinations and medical consultation.  It is the only clinic for many miles around, serving thousands of families per year.  Many who receive treatment in this and other diocesan institutions haven’t the money to pay for tests and prescriptions. The Directors of the Diocese’s medical ministries plan to relocate the Penman Clinic into its own building, refurbished with additional consultation rooms, diagnostic equipment and health care workers.  This will become a reality through the generous support of local, regional and international companions.

From the Dean’s Desk: Jerusalem Sunday in the Anglican Church of Canada – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Song of Praise and Prayer for Jerusalem – 

Sunset in Jerusalem
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’ 
Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.  (Psalm 122:1-2) 

Resolution A171 – General Synod, July 2013, Ottawa

Be it resolved that this General Synod:

Invite Anglicans in Canada each year:

i.    To observe the Seventh Sunday of Easter, commonly known as the Sunday after Ascension Day, as Jerusalem Sunday;

ii.   On that day give special attention to the work of the Anglican Church in the land of our Lord’s birth, death and resurrection, and;

iii.  On that day take up a special financial offering as a gift to the Diocese of Jerusalem.


The Anglican Church of Canada and the Diocese of Jerusalem have been companions in mission for many years – a relationship strengthened by prayer and learning about the life and witness of the diocese in Jerusalem, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. This resolution is intended to celebrate the ‘living stones’ of the Diocese of Jerusalem – Arab Christians and others serving in ministries of hospitality, education, health care, and reconciliation. This resolution is also intended to encourage local Canadian parishes and individuals to consider a special gift to the ministries of the Diocese of Jerusalem.

Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her… As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.  (Isaiah 66:11,13)

The Rt. Rev’d Bishop Suheil Salman Dawani was consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in January, 2006, and he was installed as Diocesan and the 14th Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem on April 15, 2007. He was born in Nablus, West Bank in 1951 and is married to Shafeeqa Fu’ad Massad; they have three daughters, Sama, Tala, and Luban.


Here is a letter from Bishop Suheil to our ++Fred:

Letter from +Suheil to ++Fred

As Diocesan Bishop, Bishop Dawani is the Chief Pastor of the 27 parishes spread through the five political regions of Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. As Bishop, he is also Chairman of the Board of each of more than thirty institutions of education and healthcare spread throughout the five countries of the Diocese, including Gaza.

The diocesan schools, hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation and vocational training centers provide the best possible services while reaching out to assist those who cannot afford to pay for services and strengthening the Christian presence in this region. In a multicultural, multi-faith, multi-ethnic diocese spread across five countries, Bishop Suheil is a strong advocate for peace and reconciliation. A significant member of many ecumenical and interfaith organizations, he works with the Archbishop of Canterbury on Anglican and interfaith issues. One of the thirteen recognized Heads of Churches in Israel, Bishop Dawani faithfully encourages leaders of the Churches to make every effort to strengthen the Christian presence as a moderate and mediating Body in a region torn by anxiety and unrest.

The Diocese of Jerusalem is one of four dioceses of the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East. The diocese is home to almost thirty parishes, 30 priests and more than 7,000 church members in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.  Healthcare and education ministries are active and growing with the provision of hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centres and schools.  A diocesan Peace and Reconciliation department works to strengthen interfaith dialogue, and Kids4Peace educates the next generation about acceptance and respect of difference and diversity.  St. George the Martyr Cathedral (below), Jerusalem is well known for its ministry to pilgrims and visitors.

St. George's Anglican Cathedral, Jerusalem

Saint George’s College, situated in the grounds of the Anglican Cathedral, provides year-round courses combining academic study, spirituality and travel. It is a place of pilgrimage, hospitality and community. Here people have transforming faith experiences through prayer, reflection and discovery. The College is an institution of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, and welcomes Pilgrims to the Diocese from all over the world to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and to meet the “Living Stones” in the Church today.

The history of the Anglican Church in Jerusalem goes back to 1841. Political developments in the region have long effected the organization and ministry of the diocese.  Today, The Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani , 14th Anglican and 4th Palestinian Bishop, emphasizes the critical role of Anglicans everywhere in ministries of peace and reconciliation.   In referring to the importance of the city of Jerusalem, Bishop Suheil emphasizes it is his duty, and that of all Christians, to make Jerusalem a model for peace between the three Abrahamic faiths. “It is our task to give hope to the hopeless. In our daily lives may we be guided by the star of God’s love.”

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you!  (Psalm 122.6)