Archbishop Seaborn informed the House that ten Chaplains have left the Service in the past year, either by retirement or voluntary release, and that fourteen new Chaplains have joined the complement. He said that a larger number of Chaplains will be needed in the years ahead as the Armed Forces is growing in size, and added that he is preparing a statistical report which will go shortly to the Administration and Finance Committee.
Archbishop Seaborn said that the six years which he had been privileged to serve as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces have been a stimulating and interesting experience and expressed appreciation for the opportunity of serving in that Office.
That this House express its deep appreciation to Archbishop Seaborn for his distinguished service as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces and sends our assurance of best wishes to Archbishop and Mrs. Seaborn. CARRIED #2-6-86
Archbishop Scott said that Bishop Jamie Clarke would take up his duties as Bishop Ordinary on 1st July, 1986, and expressed his appreciation to Bishop Clarke for his willingness to take on this work.
**N.B. In Resolution #1-11-86 from the November 1986 House of Bishops Minutes Bishop Clarke "noted that he took up his duties as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces on September 1st, 1986". The resolution corrected the Minutes of June 1986.
That action be taken on the correspondence as follows:
That the Secretary of the House should write to Bishop Clarke extending warm wishes from this House, and conveying deep appreciation for his distinguished service as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces. CARRIED
Bishop Clarke noted that he took up his duties as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces on September 1, 1986, and the Bishops were requested to make the necessary correction on page 2 of their copies of the Minutes.
That the Minutes of the meeting of 9-13 June, 1986, be approved as corrected. CARRIED #1-11-86
That this Executive Council expresses its appreciation of the work of our Chaplains in the Armed Services and sends its greetings to them, and its best wishes for God's continued blessing upon them in their important ministry, and would further couple with this resolution a warm tribute to the Rt. Rev. I.A. Norris, Bishop of Brandon, on the devoted and able leadership he provides to this area of the Church's mission as our Bishop Ordinary to the forces. CARRIED
"That we lift from the table the resolution re the Bishop Ordinary and the Chaplain Service." CARRIED
"(a) That this House of Bishops reaffirms the following statement of Policy passed by the House at its meeting May 7-8, 1972 with respect to the Chaplain Service and the House of Bishops.
STATEMENT OF POLICY
In the light of the development of this area of the Church's work over the years, the following statement of policy is submitted for the consideration of the House.
(1) A priest going into full-time ministry in the Canadian Forces Chaplain Service shall be recognized as serving in a special, an in some ways, unique area of ministry and administration.
(2) A chaplain will be retained on the clergy list of his home diocese as "On Leave to the Canadian Forces Chaplain Service."
(3) A Letter of Transfer will be issued by the Bishop of his home diocese to the Bishop Ordinary to the Forces as follows:
"I hereby certify that the Rev. A.B., having with my consent accepted a commission as Chaplain in Her Majesty's Canadian Forces is in good standing and I hereby transfer him to your episcopal jurisdiction during his time of service."
(4) The bishop Ordinary, before issuing a licence for a chaplain to minister in the Armed Forces shall require from him "the usual oaths and subscriptions, and declaration of submission to the Canons of General Synod and those of the Provincial and Diocesan Synods where he may from time to time be stationed."
(5) Bishops and chaplains are urged to maintain as fully as possible a link of communication and concern between the chaplain and his home diocese."
(b) recognizing the impossibility of a Bishop who carries full-time responsibility as an active Bishop in his Diocese fulfilling the responsibilities of a Father-in-God to the Anglican Clergy and Laity associated with the operation of the Canadian forces, supports the policy of appointing as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces a Bishop who is not at the same time responsible for a full-time ministry in a Diocese.
(c) considers that the responsibility of the Bishop Ordinary to the Forces is for the episcopal care of Anglican clergy and laity who live within the 'Forces Community', within and beyond the borders of Canada. Anglican clergy in the Chaplain Service serve under the 'episcopal jurisdiction during (their) time of service' of the Bishop Ordinary to the Forces. They also serve, along with the laity, within the episcopal care of the Bishop Ordinary to the Forces. Episcopal care should involve the periodic visit of the Bishop Ordinary to the places where his people live. It is assumed that the Bishop Ordinary will visit Bases for the purpose of conducting Confirmation Services or other episcopal acts by right in consultation with Diocesan Bishops. It is expected that Chaplains will normally look to the Bishop Ordinary to the Forces for the exercise of his episcopal ministry. Problems of time and distance will sometimes make it impossible for the Bishop Ordinary to fulfill all the requirements, in which case a local bishop should be called upon."
(d) The Bishop Ordinary will be the official representative of the Anglican Church of Canada on the Chaplaincy committee of the Canadian Council of Churches." CARRIED.
Bishop Appleyard reported on his contacts with men in the Chaplain Service and gave some impressions. In particular he requested that clergy in the Chaplain Service should be recognized as exercising their ministry in unique parochial situations in which a sense of fellowship with their fellow clergy was difficulty to maintain. He urged:
1) that Diocesans maintain a liaison with clergy from their dioceses serving in the Armed Forces Chaplain Service in every way possible to them
2) that Bishops do whatever may be possible for Chaplains posted to bases in their Dioceses to incorporate them into the life and fellowship of the Diocese.
The Bishop Ordinary undertook to inform Diocesans when Chaplains are posted into or moved away from their Dioceses. He also expressed the appreciation of the Chaplains of the consideration and help which on many occasions they have received from the Bishops in whose Dioceses Forces Bases exist.
The Bishop Ordinary enquired as to procedure with respect to Letters Dimissory for Chaplains coming into and leaving the Chaplain Service. It was the opinion of the House that the Bishop Ordinary should receive and issue Letters Dimissory with respect to these clergy.
"That the Bishop Ordinary be authorized, in consultation with whom he chooses, to prepare a statement of policy regarding the relationship between Chaplains in the Armed Forces and their home Dioceses, and this statement be presented to the meeting of the House of Bishops in January, 1971." CARRIED