A bilingual Anglican priest who was raised in the United Church and was for two years a member of the Ecumenical Commission of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Valleyfield in Quebec -- certainly appropriate background for someone given national responsibility for the ecumenical relations of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada.
The Rev. Brian Prideaux, currently Rector of St. Martin's Church in Otterburn Park, Quebec, has been appointed Ecumenical Officer of the Anglican Church of Canada, effective January 1, 1982.
The thirty-eight year old priest was born in London, England but grew up in Montreal. He is a graduate of Sir George Williams University and also has a Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Arts from McGill. He studied theology at Montreal Diocesan (Anglican) Theological College. Father Prideaux is married and has four children.
In addition to his responsibility for national Anglican participation in inter-church bodies and activities, the National Executive Council of the church recently requested that the Ecumenical Officer initiate and encourage inter-faith dialogue with non-Christian bodies.
The General Secretary of the Anglican Church, Archdeacon Harry Hilchey, stated that in making this appointment great emphasis was placed on finding a person who is bilingual, as much of the current ecumenical dialogue, particularly between Roman Catholic and other denominations, is conducted in both French and English.
Father Prideaux is particularly excited about the possibilities of extending to the national scene the warm ecumenical relationships he has enjoyed at the local level. He hopes the national work can help the grass roots encounters to happen and to flourish. "There's a new climate now," he says, "Especially in relations with Roman Catholics. They know it is now officially 'OK' to enter wholeheartedly into ecumenical contacts, and great things are happening."
The Ecumenical Officer is based at the church's National Office in Toronto.
That this National Executive Council, in the deep belief that ecumenical relationships are of the utmost importance to the life of the Church in the world at this time in history, and with the knowledge that the Anglican Church of Canada has encouraged such ecumenical endeavour through its participation in ecumenical acts of worship, programmes of study and social action, and with the awareness that the work of the Ecumenical Officer has been central to our understanding and the promotion of this ecumenical dimension within the Anglican Church of Canada:
1) That the Anglican Church of Canada declares its intention to continue to give priority to ecumenism by developing the theological, educational and administrative thrusts that are currently in operation, facilitated by a national ecumenical officer;
2) That the vacancy in the position of ecumenical officer be filled as soon as possible and that she/he be bilingual (French/English) or immediately willing to become so (with resources made available to enable this); and
3) That this position continue to be funded by the assessment budget. CARRIED