The Rev. John Oakes has submitted his resignation to the Bishop as Incumbent of Holy Trinity, Vancouver and as Regional Dean of Granville-Pt. Grey, effective December 31st. Having completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale, Dr. Oakes has been offered a similar honour at Harvard University, Cambridge. The Parish intends a full canonical process.
Bishop Michael has announced the appointment of The Reverend
Michael McGee, currently the incumbent, St. Helen's, Surrey as the new
incumbent of St. Christopher's, West Vancouver. He begins his new
ministry February 1st, 2012. Currently The Reverend Shirley Stockdill is
temporary Priest-in-Charge at St. Christopher's.
Bishop Michael has extended The Rev. Sarah Tweedale's appointment as temporary priest-in-charge for St. Martin's, North Vancouver until at least March 31, 2013. This will enable the Parish, in conjunction with the North Vancouver Regional Team and the Diocese to develop a profile for a search for the future incumbent, for a priest who has duties both in the parish and with the regional team.
Bishop Michael has extended the appointment as Deacon for the Parish of St. John, Sardis to The Rev. Larry Adkins, until March 31, 2013. The Bishop has extended the appointment as Incumbent for the Parish of St. Barnabas, New Westminster to The Rev. John Firmston, until February 28th, 2014.
The Bishop is pleased to announce the appointment of The Rev. Paul Bowie as Incumbent of the Parish of All Saints, Mission effective February 1st. Paul first came to our Diocese from Ontario to be Priest in Charge of St. David and St. Paul, Powell River, then was Incumbent of St. John's, Burnaby, and then did two half-time positions at St. Stephen and St. Margaret of Scotland, both in Burnaby.
After receiving the preferences from the clergy, the Bishop is pleased to appoint The Rev. Heidi Brear as Regional Dean for Burrard, and East Vancouver. Heidi, Incumbent of St. Margaret, Cedar Cottage, will replace The Rev. Markus Duenzkofer on December 1st. Markus will leave St. Paul's after December 31st in order to take up his new posting in Edinburgh in February.
Three Veteran Clergy will be going on the retired list at year-end. The Rev. Randolph Bruce, The Rev. April Stanley and The Ven Ronald Harrison retire December 31st; April, once Chaplain at St. Paul's Hospital while assisting at St. Paul's Church, April is currently Priest-in-Charge at St. Augustine's, Marpole. Randolph, who led the invitation of Holy Cross congregation into St. Peter's, then went to serve St. Luke's Parish alone and later as associate for Good Shepherd too, will continue on pastoral staff at St. Michael's Centre, Burnaby while retiring from incumbency of All Saints, Burnaby. Both have seen service as Regional Deans, both have contributed greatly to the life and ministry of the diocese, and no doubt will continue doing so in different ways while collecting their pension. The third of the Veteran Clergy to retire at year end is the Executive Archdeacon of the Diocese, The Ven. Ronald Harrison. Ron has been serving the diocese in this capacity since he was appointed by Bishop Michael April 1st, 2001. Prior, he was incumbent at St. Philip, Dunbar and St. Augustine, Marpole. The January issue of Topic, the monthly publication of the Diocese of New Westminster will feature an interview with Ron where he speaks about his 42 years of ministry.
Images: Top and homepage, The Rev. Dr. John Oakes, upper right, The Rev. Michael McGee. Middle left, The Rev. Sarah Tweedale. Lower right, The Rev. Paul Bowie PHOTOS: Wayne Chose