On Saturday, January 26, a cross-section of St. Matthias and St. Luke parishioners gathered to welcome Archbishop Fred Hiltz for a pastoral visit filled with laughter, deep sharing of faith stories from the past and present, and hopes for the future.The program opened with a delicious homemade feast of Malaysian-style seafood curry, salad, garlic bread, cheese muffins, pecan tarts, and peanut butter cake. After lunch, Archbishop Fred took a tour of the church building. Signs of both the “old” and “new” co-mingled, from the newly-established “Kid’s Corner” in the sanctuary to the chapel’s stained glass cross made from shards of glass from Canterbury Cathedral, broken during WWII bombings. The Archbishop also read through notes from visioning exercises, learned from the Diocesan School for Leadership, that the congregation has engaged in over the past year.
As he was leaving, Archbishop Fred asked to take the “Welcome Archbishop Fred Hiltz!” sign on the door with him as a memento of the visit; he hopes to show it to others and say, “there is a story behind this,” a story of St. Matthias and St. Luke that he assured us he would share with the rest of the Church. We are so grateful for the Archbishop’s encouraging words and presence, and will continue to strive to share with our neighbourhood our story and its intersection with the Gospel.
Images: Top, Reverend Vivian Lam shows Archbishop Fred Hiltz a stained glass cross in the chapel made from shards of glass salvaged from Canterbury Cathedral, broken during WWII bombings. Upper right, lunch is always a highlight at StM&StL. Middle left, discussion circle.Lower left, more discussion. Below and homepage, members of the Parish of St. Matthias and St. Luke with their visitors, Dean Peter Elliott and Archbishop Fred Hiltz.
PHOTOS: Wayne Chose