On the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin, Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 5pm, the Reverend Miranda Sutherland was installed as Vicar of Holy Spirit, Whonnock. Archdeacon Alan Carson was the officiant and presider and the Reverend Alex Wilson was the preacher. The Rev. Sutherland was appointed to this ministry by Archbishop Melissa Skelton November 1, 2019, to serve 40%, within a few months COVID-19 took hold so this celebration was delayed almost 2 years.
Two days later on August 17, the Rev. Sutherland was also installed as Vicar of St. Oswald’s, Port Kells by regional archdeacon, the Venerable Luisito Engnan. The preacher was the Reverend Helen Dunn. At the June 17, 2021 meeting of Diocesan Council, Council endorsed Bishop John Stephens’ appointment (made following consultation with the lay leaders of both parishes) that the Rev. Sutherland’s ministry at Holy Spirit be increased to two thirds time and that she become St. Oswald’s vicar at one third time.
Many thanks to the Reverend Sutherland’s daughter, Rhonda Sutherland for these photos.
A video of the sermon submitted by a member of the St. Oswald's parish is posted below on YouTube