You are invited to an evening with the Most Reverend Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. St. Mark's, Anglican Church, Ocean Park, Monday, November 11th, 2013, 7:45pm in the sanctuary followed by refreshments in the Church Hall.
The Most Rev. Fredrick James Hiltz is the 13th Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Born in Dartmouth, N.S. in 1953, the Archbishop grew up in an Anglican family in Dartmouth, and was baptized into the church at the age of four. His education began with a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University, where he focused on biology. He then answered a long-time call to ministry by pursuing a Masters of Divinity at the Atlantic School of Theology.
After being ordained in 1978, Archbishop Hiltz ministered in small Nova Scotia communities, including Sydney, Melford-Guysborough, and Timberlea-Lakeside. This is where he cultivated his love for parish ministry, specifically for being with people in times of difficulty and celebration.
From 1984 to 1988 the Archbishop served as assistant priest at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax. In addition to his regular pastoral duties at the cathedral he also organized major diocesan events, including synods, ordinations, and ecumenical gatherings.
During these postings, Archbishop Hiltz served on several diocesan committees and diocesan council. From 1987 to 1988 he also served as director of the Anglican Formation Program at the Atlantic School of Theology. In 1988 he was appointed as rector of the historic St. John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg, N.S.
In 1995, Archbishop Hiltz was elected suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. He was elected diocesan bishop in 2002 and was elected Primate in June 2007 at General Synod. As chief pastor of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Hiltz takes great joy in visiting what he calls “our beloved church.” He enjoys spending time with parishes and dioceses across Canada and supporting ministry on the ground. He is also committed to supporting the work of bishops and walking alongside them during challenging times.
In January 2008, Archbishop Hiltz took on an active role in the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), when he became the first Primate to be elected president of its board. He is committed to promoting this Anglican social justice and development organization, which he believes is a witness to Christ’s compassion. He and his wife, Lynne have one son, Nathan who is a jazz guitarist.
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