"Bishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson of the diocese of Qu'Appelle has been elected the new bishop for the diocese of Calgary. He will be installed Sept. 29  at Calgary's Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, and succeeds Bishop Derek Hoskin, who has retired. The election took place June 15  at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Calgary. In all, five candidates were considered for the position. Bishop Kerr-Wilson describes himself as an 'evangelical, charismatic Catholic with liberal and conservative tendencies'. He is focused on local leadership 'rather than simply thinking about survival', he says. 'The church's capital is its people and their faith'." [Text of entire article.]
"With the Anglican cathedral in Regina unavailable due to renovations, the consecration of Rob Hardwick as the 12th bishop of Qu'Appelle took place at a Roman Catholic church instead. Since the other Anglican churches in Regina were unable to hold the massive event either, the diocese of Qu'Appelle looked to the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Regina for assistance. The archdiocese generously provided Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church as the site for the March 2  consecration of Hardwick ... Both Christian denominations signed a covenant of co-operation in January 2011, with the understanding that both would work to further the gospel of Jesus Christ together in any way possible". "Bishop Hardwick's installation then took place March 3  at St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral, with the colourful ceremony beginning the English-born priest's official pastoral duties in the diocese".
March 9, 1994 -- A new survey in the Diocese of Qu'Appelle has confirmed the results of an earlier, nationwide survey of Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and Book of Alternative Services (BAS) usage, according to the BAS Evaluation Commission.
The Commission, meeting March 5 to 8 , received a report of a survey conducted in Qu'Appelle in which parishioners in each parish were given an opportunity to express their opinions.
More than 1,500 parishioners responded -- more than 10 percent of the number of members on parish rolls in the diocese, and almost half the average weekly attendance at worship. The report indicated widespread use of both the BAS and BCP and, in general, satisfaction with the pattern of worship which involves the two books.
The Rt. Rev. Eric Bays, who chairs the commission, says it has nearly completed its information-gathering. Among other things, the Commission has examined material held in the Archives of General Synod, which included hundreds of letters received following the publication of the BAS; and working groups have spent time preparing a detailed analysis of various parts of the book.
It has received limited response to its publication "Thinking about the Book of Alternative Services," and is urging further study and reflection on the issues raised in this document in hope of receiving further response.
The Commission is moving now from collecting information to formulating its report and recommendations to General Synod.
Also in this meeting, the Commission:
- considered a report from the Native Ministries council in the Diocese of Calgary, which raised questions about the understanding of liturgical services in aboriginal communities. The Commission agreed that aboriginal concerns will be included in their final report and recommendations;
- discussed concerns raised by women;
- considered ecumenical issues;
- discussed the framework of the final report.
The Commission will hold its final meeting in February, 1995.
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For further information, contact: Eric Bays, Bishop of Qu'Appelle, (306) 522-1608