The Diocese of Rupert’s Land The Right Reverend Geoffrey Woodcroft Bishop of Rupert’s Land 18 August 2022
Disciples of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land,
Greetings in the One who forms and shapes us into the Body.
I am taking this opportunity to briefly speak to you about the work of the Lambeth Conference and how that applies to our diocese.
While Lambeth Calls, (our shared affirmations and declarations), were physically central to the function and content of our time in session, our gathered community was so much more than a meeting of the minds. The intention of the Lambeth 2022 was never to make binding decisions, because it does not have the authority to do so. Lambeth 2022 endeavoured to test the gathered community on the priority and texture of issues, ministries and missions of the Anglican Communion. While the Canadian Bishops found it difficult to process the content using the Lambeth voting processes, but our opinions regarding those process were heard and given due consideration. Some members of the secular press provided the public with provocative yet erroneous headlines which caused concern and confusion amongst the gathered community, but utter frustration and anger among many lay and ordained people through thecommunion. This is a fact of who we are now, and we must carefully navigate high-roads while immersed in media games. I wish to be absolutely clear, the gathered community while in sessions did not vote to affirm Lambeth 1998 1.10, a posture of the 1998 conference that does not allow marriage beyond that of a man and a woman. The Archbishop of Canterbury did, however, pronounce that neither he nor the conference had any authority to level sanctions against any Province not in compliance with 1.10.
I am afraid that the story in the press, especially British tabloids have made the Church appear as fools, out of touch with northern hemisphere people and ideals, and horribly divided among its members. That is really disappointing, as that was never the story or feeling in our gatherings. A spirit of genuine collegiality and mutual support was clearly the vibe of plenaries, seminars, studies, meal times, and wonderfully in our free networking time. Genuine relationships have formed, they have informed all areas of our common work, especially when dealing with the Calls. With a heightened sense of respectand eagerness Calls were addressed, reshaped in some instances, and given birth as aspirations of the Church. Evangelism and Mission, Discipleship, Church and Science, Safe Church, Reconciliation, Human Dignity, Christian Unity and Inter-Faith relations captured our attention and imagination, we spent many hours in seminars, study and reflection getting a good handle on these Calls, all the while building strong and communicative relationships. The Diocese of Rupert’s Land reflects a lot of what all the Calls represent in our work with which we are presently engaged, however, Lambeth Calls regarding Discipleship, Reconciliation and the Environment particularly link us intimately with the rest of the Church as we yearn for a healthy Church and world.
Worship, prayer and reflection were at the centre of all tasks and gatherings, we were rooted in God, with the Gospel always before us. I think the Canadian House of Bishops has become much closer to one another in this concentrated time and effort, I have tremendous respect not only for them, but more so for the Churches they serve. We are all very tired coming away from the Lambeth, but most if not all are grateful for the opportunity to learn, yearn and grow together. The Church is fractured, we are all broken, we are all sinners, but that is whom God has called forward for this moment. I ask that the Diocese of Rupert’s Land remain in prayerful concern for the world in need, the ministry and mission with which we are committed to fulfill, and most importantly that we be equipped/resourced to “do all in our power to support other disciples in their life in Christ.”
God, bless and keep us. Pour out your spirit upon us, that we might faithfully live-out our baptism, each in our unique context, and enable us to make a compelling case for Christ in word and action to a world so encumbered with suffering; this we ask in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Yesterday was full, it was enough, it was a day of yearning for Christ in our midst. Lambeth 2022 brings to the foreground issues affecting and speaking-to the entire communion. The conference draws upon many inner resources, and a bus-load of newly formed trust; fatiguing and infusing hope at precisely the same moment. Communication(s) is the principal tool here, but it seems also to be a major stumbling block. Many of our Lambeth Calls appear straightforward, yet they are decades old conversations of the whole Church, conversations which require relationship with one another while we are meeting God, and conversations which require the commitment of each member to be patient; that is really difficult to do when I feel like I am being asked to vote on Omnibus motions. Communication itself might be its own Lambeth Call, clarity, respect and solidarity as the goal and prize.
The Archbishop of York, The Most Rev. Stephen Cottrell presented so beautifully yesterday, he gave a genuinely compelling case for Christ, a rich yet humble recognition of the Bishop’s need to focus and grab hold of the simple fact that the Church is not ours, but God’s, that the Church makes disciples who are nurtured to proclaim that God is near, love kindness, do justice and walk humbly with God at every moment. In my slowly forming clarity I am beginning to see the Body of Christ itself uttering sighs too deep for words as our human words fail us while we labour to be One in Christ, Christ who died and resurrected.
A disciple is to pray, engage life-long learning, prepare the compelling case for Christ, and know, in no uncertain way, that this Church was never intended to be our personal possession, but it is to be about what God is doing in this world. Consequently, a bishop’s role most certainly must include ensuring that disciples are led to holy and sacred opportunities to let “disciple work” happen.
I briefly summarize Archbishop Cottrell’s end note: we would be in a good place as bishops of the Anglican Communion were we to live the disciple’s call every day, and lead disciples from that very space into God’s beautiful world. You just can’t vote on this type of work, you really just need to do it!
Ron, the rock of his family and an extraordinarily generous member of his community, died suddenly at home with Judy by his side after suffering a heart attack on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Ron died just three months short of his 50th wedding anniversary. He was Judy’s partner in life and in politics. He was the most amazing father of Nick and Joe, often handling house and home single-handedly and always loving and supporting his sons unconditionally through many challenges and adventures.
Ron was born in Wellesley, Ontario where he leaves his older brother Gary Leis (Brenda), and his sisters, Judy Johnson and Sandy Poole (George) to mourn his passing. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Ruth Leis. He was loved by everyone in the Leis and Wasylycia clans.
Ron was heavily involved in his community, an activist for equality rights, and a good friend to all who knew him – always bringing laughter and joy, as well as tech support, to every family and neighbourhood gathering. He was an invaluable member of the Bannerman Green Not-for-Profit Housing Co-op, loved singing in the St. John’s Cathedral Choir, and was active on the board of EPIC Opportunities.
Ron loved playing his guitar for Nick and supporting Joe on his many marathon runs. He was an avid pickleball player and loved long bike rides with Judy. He read voraciously, enjoyed the theatre, symphony and opera, played to win at solo and euchre, and was already planning his weekend getaway with the guys at Betula Lake.
Ron graduated in 1970 from Elmira District Secondary School where he met Judy, and from the University of Waterloo in 1974 with an Honours BA in Math and Computer Science after which he worked as a computer technologist, most recently with Peaceworks Technology Solutions, a B Corp, using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave., at 2:00 p.m. on June 21, 2022. Masks and proof of vaccination for COVID-19 are required. The service will be available virtually, to be livestreamed at https://youtu.be/ceskU-WNsoM. The Cathedral is between North Main and the Red River, just north of St. John’s Park. There is street parking on all sides, but limited special needs parking. Please feel free to drop folks off at the Tower Door and then park your car. Emergency vehicle access must be maintained; plesae no parking in the driveway. Thank you!
Eulogies will be offered by Gary Leis, Joe Leis, and Judy Wasylycia-Leis. The presider and preacher will be The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Rector of the Cathedral, and Dean of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land.
Following the service, all are welcome to continue celebrating Ron’s life with us at our home on 59 Bannerman Ave where we will have an abundance of food, music, stories, memories and laughter. Come and go as you please anytime after 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Epic Opportunities, the residential care agency that has supported Nick for almost 18 years, and where Ron continued to serve as an active board member until his death.
St. John’s Cathedral has been Treaty since 1817, was formally established in 1820, is committed to the good way of healing and reconciliation, and is a proud supporter of Kapabamayak Achaak Healing Forest Winnipeg. The Dean and Judy, along with others, are Forest Keepers. The Traveling Song to begin the service will be offered by Elder Val T. Oliver-Vint, also a Forest Keeper.
“We worship and live gratefully on Treaty One Land, the traditional territory of the Ininew, the Anishinaabe, and the Dakota, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. We are all treaty people.” (We gather every Sunday with these words spoken aloud.)
Maundy Thursday, April 14, 8:00 p.m. Exodus 12:1–14, Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19, I Corinthians 11:23–26, John 13:1–17, 31b–35 The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Preaching and Presiding The Rev. Brian Ford, Hon. Asst., Assisting Footwashing Eucharist
Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday, April 15, 10:30 a.m. Isaiah 52:13–53:12, Psalm 22, Hebrews 4:14–16;5:7–9, John 18:1–19:42 The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Presiding Tenebrae – Into the Darkness of Death Reading of the Passion According to St. John
Adoration of the Crucified
Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil, April 16, 8:00 p.m. Genesis 1:1–2:4A, Genesis 22:1–18, Exodus 14:10–31;15:20–21, Isaiah 55:1–11, Ezekiel 36:24–28, Jonah 1:1–2:2, Daniel 3:1–29, Psalm 114, Romans 6:3–11, John 20:1–18 The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Presiding The Rev. Wayne McIntosh, Assisting The Service of Light The Liturgy of the Word The Renewal of Baptism
The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
Easter Sunday – The Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord, April 17, 10:30 a.m. Isaiah 65:17–25, Psalm 118:1–2;14-24, Acts 10:34–43, Luke 24:1–12 The Right Rev. Geoffrey Woodcroft, Bishop of Rupert’s Land, Preaching The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Presiding Festival Eucharist with the Cathedral Choir
It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of Gary Edward Taylor, on February 8, 2022, just shy of his 72 birthday.
Gary’s zest for life and fighting spirit prevailed right up to his death, when his courageous battle with terminal cancer came to an end. Gary revelled in accomplishing feats that others defined as impossible, and he outlived his diagnosis by a few years, teaching his loved ones about strength, dignity and the power of not accepting the predictable.Gary was born on February 20, 1950 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where his love of the sea began. His fascination with water further developed during his childhood growing up in Niagara on the Lake. It continued until he moved with his family to land-locked Winnipeg during his teens. It was here that he developed new passions like golf, rock ‘n roll, astronomy, and motorcycles. Gary’s thirst for adventure complemented his job as a conductor at Canadian National Railway where he worked for 36 years. Once retired, he embarked on new explorations through many trips with his loving wife.
Gary’s endless energy was infectious, and his family and friends will forever miss his unique perspective on the world and his ability to make those around him laugh. Left to cherish his memory is the love of his life Maureen, whom he recently celebrated 50 years with (married since 1977). He was always contemplating new ideas and his legacy of loving to learn and openness will be carried on through his children: Trisha, Troy and Ty (Jacqueline). Gary’s warrior spirit and larger than life personality ensured that he always maintained an enthusiasm in facing challenges which will continue to be honoured by his loved ones. Gary, although your spirit is on to new adventures on your journey, your loved ones will miss you and continue to cheer you on. Your rock ‘n roll, cowboy, loving spirit will live on strong, you can hand me your broadsword and rest easy now. Although you remain chess champ, I look forward to a rematch!
A private family service will be held with Dean Paul at the graveside.
[Jesus said,] “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
17 November 2021 ” ‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things are beneficial. ‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things build up.” I Corinthians 10:23
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
At the Vestry meeting night before last (17 November) a difficult decision was made: All who attend worship here must present Proof of Vaccination (POV). The exceptions are children under 12 and adults who are not eligible to receive vaccination (Please present documentation of medical status). Again, all who are eligible to receive vaccination must show proof that they have had both COVID shots. If you are a regular attender your status will be recorded as you sign in, and preserved for future Sundays, so that you will not have to present repeatedly, as in every Sunday! Vestry will review this requirement at the December meeting (15th).
All other precautions are still in place: Masks are required for all, social distancing is still required, regular use of sanitizer while you are here, etc. This is effective immediately, including this coming Sunday, 21 November.
Thank you so much for your understanding and your care-full efforts to make our gathering as safe as possible for everyone present, including those most vulnerable among us, some with several pre-existing conditions, and unvaccinated children.
Nursing skills opened the way for Violeta Cocjin to leave the Philippines and settle briefly in the United States and then in Canada. Artistic skills launched her into a second career as a visual artist. Travel counselor training gave her a third career matching her curiosity to see the world.
Vi grew up in the town of Duenas in the Philippine province of Iloilo. She was the youngest daughter and second-last child of Matea Cocjin and Eduardo Miramon. As the apple of her grandfather’s eye, she was showered with love. She learned early on that she was free to choose distant goals and pursue them confidently. She loved to say she could do anything she wanted under the heat of the sun.
Vi earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Central Philippine University in Iloilo City, practised and taught nursing for a couple of years in Manila then moved to Newark, NJ and then Detroit, Michigan for post-graduate training. She wept as her plane took off from Manila, feeling that she would never again see the land of her birth. She never returned.
As expiry of her student visa in the U.S. approached, Vi learned that Victoria Hospital in London, Ont. was hiring nurses and immigration to Canada was possible. She practised in London and at the Perley-Robertson Hospital in Ottawa. She met the love of her life, the newspaperman Terence (Terry) Moore, at a Thanksgiving party in Ottawa in 1969.
After they married and moved to Montreal, Vi earned the diploma in visual art from the School of Art and Design at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The school encouraged her with numerous prizes and awards along the way. She set up a studio in the basement of their first house, a duplex, where she was also the landlady managing the rental suite upstairs. She took delight in her role as aunt to Zelda, Nel, Candy, Bing, Melvin, Mia, Alex, Megan, Oliver, Remy, Rommel, Randy, Pearl, Ernesto, Bobby, Melanie, Eddie and Eric and their children.
When Terence’s newspaper career brought them to Winnipeg, his native city, she set up a studio on the second floor of their River Heights home. She studied lithography and raku sculpture, and also branched out into paper collage. She worked alongside other Winnipeg artists at the Clifton Street co-op and in the Portage and Main Press building at McDermot and Adelaide. She proudly signed all her work with the name Miramon. She exhibited her work annually in group shows and was encouraged by the sales that resulted.
She studied travel counseling, volunteered at the Age and Opportunity Bureau’s travel agency as part of her training and was soon hired to manage the agency. When the agency was closed, she turned her full attention to painting and sculpture.
Vi sang in the alto section of the choir at Holy Trinity Anglican Church and in the Winnipeg Seniors’ Choir. By the time the couple joined the congregation of St John’s Cathedral, dementia had begun to weaken her powers of memory and her attention span. She continued to take great delight in singing.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its lockdowns caused no inconvenience to the couple because they were happy to be left alone together in their last shared residence, a condo in the Ashdown Warehouse on Bannatyne Avenue. After a fall at home fractured her hip, the Health Sciences Centre got her back on her feet and sent her back home where she and Terence enjoyed a last few weeks together before she died.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 13 at St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue. Due to Covid restrictions, attendance for guests is set for 54. Capacity is limited! Please register on Violeta’s page at richardrosin.ca to attend. Double vaccinated guests are encouraged and masks are mandatory.