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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of all mercy and the God of all consolation . . . “  

With these words the Rev. Richard Leggett, Priest in Charge of St. Mark’s, Kitsilano, and the Ven. John Stephens, Archdeacon of Vancouver, began the commendation of the remains of the faithful Christians buried in the Memorial Garden of St. Mark’s in preparation for their removal and re-location to the Memorial Garden at St. John’s Shaughnessy on Thursday, April 26, 2018.  The removal will begin on or about the April 27 and be completed by the 30th.  Final deposition at St. John’s will await the completion of some preliminary work to accommodate the additional soil.

Although the re-location of a memorial garden brings sorrow at disturbing the final resting-place of so many faithful people, it became an urgent necessity with the pending sale of St. Mark’s.  Fortunately the Diocese has been able to call upon the services of Dan Attridge of Eco-Pacific Landscaping who has experience in moving and re-locating several other memorial gardens.

Efforts are on-going in notifying families whose loved ones are buried at St. Mark’s about the re-location to St. John’s.  Anyone with questions or concerns may contact Dr Leggett at 604.266.8011 ext 2 (St. Faith’s Vancouver).