Bishop’s Directive March 15, 2020

Building and Changing Protocols in Uncertain Times

To The Diocese of Rupert’s Land Lay leaders and Clergy:  From Bishop Geoffrey Woodcroft


Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. May the following directive and expectations equip you for the journey ahead.

O Lord our creator, by your holy prophet you taught your ancient people to seek the welfare of the cities in which they lived. We commend our neighbourhood to your care, that it might be kept free from social strife and decay. Give us strength of purpose and concern for others, that we may create here a community of justice and peace where your will may be done; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • Health and Wellness of the Body – My first priority in this communication is to ensure your complete health, and that of the communities you represent.
    • If you are a bishop, priest, deacon or lay leader over 60, and/or have pre-existing medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, heart disease), DO NOT put yourself in harm’s way. Ask for assistance, advice and care.
    • If you are feeling unwell, make every effort to seek wellness, and should you exhibit any of the symptoms of the virus, immediately call authorities for testing and treatment.
    • Presently younger healthy people are not at serious risk (but like everyone should practice careful social distancing). This matters. As leaders we must actively exhibit and promote calmness and reason, by assuring that social distancing/separation is proactive and healthy, and does not lead to isolation.
    • I discourage all leaders, and in turn the diocesan membership, from participating in all activities that put you at risk…

      READ THE FULL TEXT HERE…Bishop’s Directive March 15 2020