Bishop Lackey reminded the House that, at the June 1983 meeting of the House, Archbishop Hambidge, Archbishop Seaborn and he were appointed as a Task Force to study the matter of members of the Canadian Forces who wish to pursue the ordained ministry, and the place of ACPO [Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination].
That the written report be accepted as the working guidelines for the Canadian Forces personnel.
"When ACPO is contemplated for the Canadian Forces personnel, the following guidelines will be observed:
(1) The applicant must be co-sponsored by the Bishop Ordinary and a Diocesan Bishop.
(2) The Diocesan Bishop interviews the candidate and helps provide pastoral support through regular diocesan channels.
(3) If ordination is appropriate, then the Bishop Ordinary, at the request of the Diocesan or with permission of the Diocesan, may ordain.
(4) The ordained person may be considered for employment in the Diocese of the co-sponsoring Diocesan Bishop or until accepted into the Forces.
(5) If Provincial Postulancy is in effect, then this will be considered. CARRIED #3-2-84
The question of financial assistance for ACPO from the Armed Forces was raised.
1. amend or add the following definitions to the Glossary section of the Handbook:
- Anglican Military Ordinariate The Anglican Military Ordinariate is composed of all of the Anglican clergy and lay service personnel in the Canadian Armed Forces and their families.
- b) Bishop Ordinary to the Canadian Armed Forces A bishop elected with the concurrence of the Primate and the Metropolitan who has episcopal jurisdiction over the chaplains of The Anglican Church of Canada serving with the Canadian Armed Forces.
- c) Chancellor of the Anglican Military Ordinariate A judge or barrister who is appointed to advise the Bishop Ordinary to the Canadian Armed forces.
2. amend all of the references in the Handbook to “Canadian Forces” to “Canadian Armed Forces”.
3. amend section 5 b) of Canon III (The Primate) to read as follows:
- Subject to the provision of financial requirements, the Primate and the four Provincial Metropolitans may concur in the election by the Anglican Military Ordinariate of the Bishop Ordinary who shall have episcopal jurisdiction over the members of the Anglican Military Ordinariate in accordance with any applicable Canon.
4. amend section 1 a) of Canon XVII (The Licensing of Clergy) to read as follows:
- "chaplain" means full and part-time priests commissioned as officers in the Canadian Armed Forces, and mandated by the Chaplain General.
5. amend explanatory Note 1 at the end of Canon XXIII to read:
- ... if the Bishop Ordinary-elect is a serving member of the Regular Force or Primary Reserve, that person must forthwith submit a formal request for release from the Canadian Armed Forces, may be consecrated as bishop upon proof of acceptance of that request, but may not commence his or her duties as Bishop Ordinary until the effective date of release from the Canadian Armed Forces.
That section 4 of Canon III - The Primacy - be repealed and the following substituted therefor:
4. Duties of the Primate
a) The Primate shall
i) exercise pastoral and spiritual leadership throughout The Anglican Church of Canada,
ii) function as the President of the General Synod, the Chair of the Council of the General Synod, the Chair of the meetings of Metropolitans and the Chair of the meetings of the House of Bishops,
iii) function as the Chief Executive Officer of the staff of the General Synod and shall delegate such duties of that office as the Primate deems appropriate, to the General Secretary and other executive members of the staff of the General Synod,
iv) give leadership in developing the policies and strategies of The Anglican Church of Canada,
v) oversee the implementation of the decisions of the General Synod and the Council of the General Synod,
vi) report to each meeting of the Council of the General Synod and to the General Synod,
vii) speak in the name of The Anglican Church of Canada after consultation with, or in accordance with the policies set by, the Council of the General Synod or the General Synod,
viii) be, ex officio, a member of all committees, councils, boards and commissions, standing or special, appointed under any provision of the Constitution or any Canon enacted by the General Synod, or under any resolution of the General Synod, or of the Council of the General Synod,
ix) visit every diocese of The Anglican Church of Canada,
x) represent The Anglican Church of Canada internationally and ecumenically.
b) The Primate may, after consultation with the Provincial Metropolitans and the Chapter of the Anglican Military Ordinariate and subject to the provision of financial requirements, appoint a Bishop Ordinary who shall have episcopal jurisdiction over the chaplains of The Anglican Church of Canada on duty with the Canadian Forces. CARRIED Act 11
That Canon XXI, para. 2, "Jurisdiction," be amended by adding the following:
"A Chaplain holding a commission requiring full-time service in Her Majesty's Canadian Forces shall be subject to the Episcopal jurisdiction of the Bishop so appointed by the House of Bishops; but at the wish of the Chaplain and/or the Diocese concerned he may retain his membership in the Synod of the Diocese from whence he came."
"I hereby certify that the Rev. A.B., having with my consent accepted a commission as a 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."
"1. The Bishop on receipt of the above letter shall issue a License on behalf of the House of Bishops authorizing the man concerned to serve as a priest of the Church of England in Canada in Her Majesty's Canadian Forces.
"2. Before receiving such License a Chaplain shall take the usual oaths and subscriptions, and declaration of submission shall be to the Canons of General Synod and to those of the Provincial and Diocesan Synods where he may from time to time be stationed."
The Prolocutor referred this matter to the Lower House which, on motion, voted concurrence.
"Peter Coffin, Anglican Bishop Ordinary to the Canadian Armed Forces, has announced his retirement [as of March 2016]". "The primate appointed him to the position of Anglican bishop ordinary in November 2004. Coffin's task as bishop ordinary included serving as the Anglican member of the Interfaith Committee on Canadian Military Chaplaincy (ICCMC), which represents the chaplaincy to the federal government". Bishop Coffin visited serving troops in Afghanistan during his term of office. "The Anglican Military Ordinariate (AMO) chaplains provide pastoral support to members of the Canadian Armed Forces at home and abroad, while pastoral care for chaplains is the main responsibility of the bishop ordinary. Hiltz said Coffin worked hard to 'get provisions in place that the AMO needs for the election of a new bishop ordinary'. The first election of an Anglican bishop ordinary will be held March 5 , followed by an installation ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa May 28 ".
Part of: Special Report: The Anglican Military Ordinariate.
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That subsection (4) of Section 4 (The Lower House) of the Declaration of Principles be amended by striking out "of England in Canada" in the third line thereof, and the words, "one clergyman" and "one layman" in the fifth line thereof, and substituting the words "two clergymen" and "two laymen", so that subsection (4) will then read:
"(4) In addition to the persons elected or appointed under subsection (2), there shall be a Bishop Ordinary, having episcopal jurisdiction over the Chaplains of the Church on duty with the Armed Forces of Canada, and such Bishop Ordinary shall appoint two clergymen licensed by him, and two laymen from the armed forces to represent the Chaplaincy Services and the persons serving in the armed forces respectively." CARRIED Message L-45.
Part of: Special Report: The Anglican Military Ordinariate. Cmdr. Rick Durrett, who is now Navy Command Chaplain in Ottawa, was a naval officer before he was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. "'God was preparing me with all these different experiences', he says, adding that being a naval officer allowed him to have first-hand knowledge of the stresses personnel faced. 'It was basically plug and play'. Durrett finds the next of kin notifications particularly challenging". "'People need the presence of a chaplain to remember the presence of God. That's what I was able to bring'. Durrett meets people who have never been churched every day. 'It has never occurred to them that the spiritual aspect of life is important', he says. 'We are modeling a lifestyle, showing them a different way to think about things. Like St. Francis [of Assisi] said: 'Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words'."