Archbishop David Somerville’s 90th birthday was celebrated last month at parishes the Somervilles attend. Here he is at St. Catherine’s, North Vancouver, with the Rev. John Mash, and Frances Somerville.  A week later came a tribute at Christ Church Cathedral

A message from the Rev. Tess Meadows: “The northern part of Belize has been lashed by heavy winds and rain from Hurricane Wilma but down here we’ve had only strong gusty winds and some bands of light rain.  The sugar cane fields are mostly in the north and they have sustained a lot of storm damage.  The sea remains very rough and small craft are still confined to safe harbours.  There will definitely have been beach erosion in some areas, especially on the outer cayes but nothing like the damage in Cancun, Mexico.”

Bishop Michael Ingham has appointed Paul Cuiton, now finishing his studies at the Vancouver School of Theology, curate to St. Oswald, Port Kells and St. Andrew, Langley, to serve both parishes on a half-time basis. He will be ordained decon on December 4 in the Cathedral and begins his work at the end of January.

Admirers of Joy Kowaga, an internationally recognized author and daughter and sister of Anglican priests, are attempting to save her childhood home in Marpole from demolition as a literary landmark and convert it to a writers-in-residence facility. The author of the novel Obasan, she was a child in Vancouver when her father, the Rev. Canon Gordon Goichi Nakayama was priest-in-charge of the Church of the Ascension. Joy’s brother, Timothy Makoto, served in Calgary and later the Diocese of Olympia in Seattle.

Archdeacon and Navy man Ronald Harrison

In his alter-ego role as national president of the Naval Officers Association of Canada, the Ven. Ronald Harrison, the diocese’s executive archdeacon, attended a gala dinner in Toronto and in Vancouver in October to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the naval Battle of Trafalgar and Lord Nelson’s victory (and death).