That this National Executive Council discharge the Anglicans in Mission Evaluation Committee and refer its report to the appropriate National Committees at the discretion of the National Steering Committee. CARRIED
On behalf of the National Executive Council, the Primate expressed deep appreciation to the members of the Anglicans in Mission Steering Committee and to Bishop Bothwell as Vice-Chairman, and to Canon E. Hobbs for his dedicated staff work.
Contains a history of the Anglican Church in the region before the creation of the diocese in 1875 and short biographical sketches of thirteen (13) bishop of the diocese from Thomas Brock Fuller to Ralph Spence.
Contents: Before Niagara -- Thomas Brock Fuller (1875-1884) -- Charles Hamilton (1885-1896) -- John Philip DuMoulin (1896-1911) -- William Clark (1911-1925) -- Derwyn Owen (1925-1932) -- Wilmot Broughall (1933-1949) -- Walter Bagnall (1949-1973) -- Heber Wilkinson (Assistant Bishop 1960-1970) -- John Bothwell (1973-1990) -- Kent Clarke (Suffragan 1976-1980) -- Clarence Mitchell (Suffragan 1980-1990) -- Walter Asbil (1991-1997) -- Ralph Spence (1998).
The author celebrated the 35th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on 11 June 2005. In this article he looks back on some of the highlights (joyful and painful) of his ministry as a priest, Bishop of the Diocese of Niagara and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. Bishop Bothwell mentions his participation on the 1976 consecration of Desmond Tutu, and his ordination of the first women priests in the Anglican Church of Canada that same year. He attended both the 1978 and 1988 Lambeth Conferences and travelled widely throughout the Communion. He also talks about the challenges of being a bishop, working within the House of Bishops, of the Anglican Church of Canada. "No wonder we have trouble making national decisions as Anglicans, for as the late, beloved Father [Roland] Palmer pointed out 'The Anglican Church of Canada is like a train with 30-plus freight cars called dioceses, and each one has its own set of brakes !" "To me, in a bishop's task, and indeed, in all Christian ministries, the most important thing is not to be successful, nor to make an important personal contribution to God's work. Our first priority now and always, must be to develop much more personal and communal maturity in order to deal with the anger, impatience and negative feelings that are inevitable, especially in times of rapid change. For by God's grace, those feelings must be endured in faithfulness as we seek all together, a deeper understanding of God's Will."
Appointment of Rev. Canon John Charles Bothwell, of Hamilton, Ontario as executive director for the Anglican Church of Canada was announced today by the church's National Executive Council. He succeeds the former Canon David Somerville, now Bishop Coadjutor of the diocese of New Westminster, B.C.
Canon Bothwell, 42, now director of planning and programs for the diocese of Niagara, will assume his new post April 1. He will execute policy decisions and carry forward the church's programs at the national level.
In addition to his work in the Niagara area, Canon Bothwell has been a diocesan representative to General Synod and the National Executive Council. He is also secretary of the General Synod commission studying theological education which during 1968 visited theological colleges across Canada.
A native of Toronto, the new executive director of program took his B.A. at the University of Toronto in 1948 and received his theological training at Trinity College. He received his bachelor of divinity degree from General Synod in 1952.
Following his ordination in Toronto he served on the staff of St. James' Cathedral, Toronto, from 1951 until 1953 and for the next three years was assistant priest at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver. Returning to the east, he served as rector of St. Aidan's Church, Oakville, Ontario from 1956 until 1960 when he became rector of St. James' Church, Dundas, Ontario. In 1965 he was appointed canon missioner for the diocese of Niagara, later becoming director of planning and programs.
"Bishop John Charles Bothwell, who ordained the first female priests in the Anglican diocese of Niagara in 1976, died Jan. 28 . He was 87. Bothwell was co-adjutor bishop of Niagara in 1971, diocesan bishop from 1973 to 1985 and metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Ontario from 1986 to 1991". [Text of entire article.]