On Friday, June 9, 2017, Bishop’s Commissary and Executive Archdeacon of the Diocese of New Westminster, the Venerable Douglas Fenton was delighted to welcome two guests from our Companion Diocese, Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines (EDNP).
The Very Reverend Lucrecia Turtem, dean of the diocese and rector of All Saints’, Cathedral located in Bontoc, Mountain Province, Philippines; and the Reverend Elvie D. Tulingan, vicar of St. Gabriel’s Church also in Bontoc were escorted to the Synod Office by the Reverend Arvin Amayag, vicar of St. Mary the Virgin, Sapperton.
Padi Lucrecia and Padi Elvie are here to attend the week long version of the Diocesan School for Parish Development taking place at Vancouver School of Theology (VST), June 11- 17. The two clergy are looking forward to the and hope to discover some new ideas ideas that may be blended into parish ministry, growth and development in the EDNP. They also look forward to sharing their knowledge and wisdom with the North American attendees and working toward the vision of EDNP parishes becoming self-sufficient and self-sustaining.
During their time in our diocese, Padi Lucrecia will preach at Christ Church Cathedral, Sunday, June 18 and Padi Elvie will preach at St. Laurence, Coquitlam for their special Children’s and Youth Sunday Eucharist also June 18.
The Diocesan Committee for the Companion Diocese chaired by the Reverend Paul Richards has been working hard to create liaison/partner parishes between the two dioceses and that task has been completed with each parish in our diocese paired with a parish in the EDNP. There are communications established and the parishes pray for each other during the Sunday intercessions.
The visit of the two clergy to the D of NW took place just a few days following the return of Committee members the Venerable Karen Urquhart and Abby Cline who visited EDNP May 23-30.
In addition to these visits, two young people from EDNP will travel to Vancouver to attend the Sacred Earth Camp hosted by Salal + Cedar in August.