Requiescat in pace, Norma Mullan

Our sister Norma Mullan died last Saturday evening, 11 January 2020, about 8 p.m.
She had been living at Actionmarguerite in St. Boniface, where she died, surrounded by family.

The Funeral Liturgy with Holy Communion will be held here at St. John’s Cathedral, Winnipeg,
this coming Friday afternoon, 17 January 2020, at 1:30 p.m.  The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson will preach and preside.  The Cathedral Music Director, Helen Suh, will play and offer a solo.
Rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory.

From the Winnipeg Free Press, Wednesday, 15 January 2020, ‘PASSAGES’:

March 7, 1934 – January 11, 2020

It is with extreme sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Norma, passed away peacefully at Actionmarguerite.
She was predeceased by her husband, John and leaves behind her five children: Chris, Kara, Carolyn, Scott and Sean. She is survived by 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Please join us in a celebration of Norma’s life on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 1:30 p.m., at St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave.
Flowers are gratefully declined, but a donation to or to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation would be appreciated.


200th Anniversary Anthem Composition Competition

ADVENT SUNDAY, December 1, 2019

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist in Winnipeg (Diocese of Rupert’s Land, The Anglican Church of Canada) is pleased to announce the 200th Anniversary Anthem Composition Competition. Using our theme ‘Celebrating God’s Faithfulness’, entrants are invited to submit unpublished anthems on or before February 29, 2020. Three monetary prizes ($2200 for first, $1200 for second, $800 for third) will be awarded by a panel of judges. The three pieces will be premiered in Winnipeg on May 31, 2020, as part of a choral festival at St. John’s Cathedral celebrating 200 years of God’s faithfulness in the life of the Anglican Church in Western Canada.  The composer will bear in mind the desire for a broadly accessible anthem for use in many places other than St. John’s Cathedral, Rupert’s Land.

• The composer must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
• The anthem text must be, in some form, a proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
• The anthem may be written for up to 4-part choir, SATB voicing.
• The anthem must include organ accompaniment.
• The anthem’s length is to be 3-5 minutes.
• The composer must secure rights to any texts not in the public domain.
The three winning compositions become the property of the Corporation, Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
• Scores must be submitted as a PDF file, including complete contact information.

A single composer may submit two, but no more than two, anthems.
Each composer is eligible for only one prize.

Please send completed scores to:

Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist
135 Anderson Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W 5M9
Office: 204.586.8385
Facebook: Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist
Twitter: @deanrupertsland (Saint John’s Cathedral)

2020 VISION – 200 years,
“Celebrating God’s faithfulness”
Serving Red River people since 1820
Churchyard (cemetery) since 1812
Bicentenary of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist
and the Anglican Church in Western Canada

We worship and live gratefully on Treaty One Land (since 1871),
the traditional territory of the Cree, the Dakota, and the Anishinaabe,
and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
We are all treaty people.

High Feasts and Holy Days


Sunday, December 22, ‘When Christmas Hurts’
A special service for those for whom Christmas is a time of personal sadness will be held at 4:00 p.m. and includes Rite for Healing and Holy Communion.

Tuesday, Christmas Eve
Family Service with Eucharist at 7:00 p.m.
Sung Eucharist (‘Midnight Mass’) at 11:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Christmas Day, Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord
Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

First Sunday of Christmas, December 29
Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

Second Sunday of Christmas, January 5
Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

Baptism of Our Lord, January 12
Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

Leave a Little Light (House Concert)

‘Leave a Little Light’

A House Concert in the Cathedral

Friday November 15                     7-9 p.m. (doors at 6:30
135 Anderson Ave.                               all are welcome)

Cathedral Avenue Quartet | École Sisler High
School Chamber Choir | The Rev Unplugged
The Outskirts | Sam Baardman
Shoestring Players | Helen Suh | and more

In support of the refugee sponsorship and settlement
work of St. John’s Cathedral.

Entry by donation.
Tax receipts for donations of $20 or more.

The Annual Bishop’s Dinner

On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, please join the Bishop of Rupert’s Land and his guest speaker, the Most Reverend Ron Cutler, Archbishop of Nova Scotia and P.E. I. and Metropolitan of the Province of Canada, at the Canad Inn, Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Hwy. Reception is at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00 p.m. For ticket details, please click here. To reserve your place please phone 204-992-4200, 1-866-4418 or email, or click here for reservation form. Thanks!

The Annual Bishop’s Dinner provides the Bishop with funds to support a variety of causes for which other funding may not be available.

Requiescat in pace, Mike Williams


Died peacefully, surrounded by family and prayer, on October 17, 2019, aged 86 years, beloved husband of Shirley.
The funeral service with Eucharist will take place at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave. on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
A longer obituary will follow on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 22, 2019


In the photo above (by Peter Moodie), Mike is in his beloved Cathedral, reading the Scriptures at the Great Vigil of Easter in 2013.

Helen Suh, Music Director, St. John’s Anglican Cathedral – WELCOME!

We wish a very warm Cathedral welcome to our new Director of Music.
Helen is our new Organist and Choir Director.
Below is a brief look at Helen’s professional story and her many gifts.

HELEN SUH, began 1 August (Sunday, 4 Aug.)


Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Graduate in May, 2006 with Master of Music Degree in Organ, with emphasis on Choral Conducting

  • Master’s Degree Recital, Indiana U., 2005

State University of New York at Binghamton, New York, USA

Graduate in May, 2001 with Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance, with emphasis on Voice

Lancaster Mennonite High, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

Graduate in May, 1996


St. Peters Anglican Church, Winnipeg, 2017-Present

  • Organist and Choir Director

St. Marys R.C. Cathedral, Winnipeg, 2015-2017

  • Organist

John Black Memorial United Church, Winnipeg, 2010-2015

  • Music Director

Choonghyun Presbyterian Church, Seoul, Korea, 2008

  • Organist and accompanist

New Hope Church, Carmel, Indianapolis, IN, USA, 2006-2007

  • Contemporary Worship Leader
  • Accompanist
  • Interim Choir Director and accompanist

Bloomington United Church, IN, USA, 2001-2006

  • Organist
  • Contemporary Praise Team Leader

Korean Baptist Church of Binghamton, NY, USA, 1997-2001

  • Organist and Accompanist
  • Music Director for Night of Devotion


  • Piano and Voice Private Studio Lessons, 2006-2007
  • Piano Instructor at Whyte Ridge Music Centre, 2014-Present