"Three Anglican priests, one of whom comforted families and recovery workers after the 1998 Swissair Flight 111 disaster at Peggy's Cove, N.S., were recognized recently for their roles as volunteer chaplains with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police".
Bishop Shepherd said that he was invited to attend a conference of chaplains engaged in institutional chaplaincy work, and was requested to act as "chairman" to the caucus of Anglican priests.
Bishop Shepherd reported that the chaplains feel a low level of support from the church in their specialized area of work, and expressed the desire to have closer relationships with the diocesan life of the Church.
It was recognized that the lack of uniformity in licensing procedures causes some difficulties.
That this matter be referred to the Committee on Ministry.
David Mulholland is an Anglican Missions to Seamen chaplain in Ontario. The mission has a permanent club for seafarers and even a mobile club -- a recreational vehicle that allows them to take the mission to seamen if they dock in a port outside of Toronto.
Bishop Jones raised some of the problems in having to maintain links with Chaplains who are working in another Diocese for all or a large part of their ministry.
Bishop Stiff reminded the House that, some years ago, considerable work was done on the licensing of clergy. It was said, at that time, that wherever a priest is working, he should have some relationship with the Bishop of the Diocese in which he is working.
The Primate said that this is a very complex issue and raised the possibility of having Government Chaplains linked in the same way as the military chaplains by a Bishop Ordinary.
It was recognized that there is a growing number of chaplaincy jobs and agreed that a priest should be in a relationship with his diocesan bishop.
That this House of Bishops reaffirms the principle that every priest should be in a relationship with a local Bishop, and requests the Personnel Resources Officer to study the matter and develop Guidelines to be referred back to the House of Bishops for study. CARRIED #3-6-86
"[B]y the Rev. M. La Touche Thompson Port Chaplain of the Council for Social Service".
"Written at the request of the Editor of the Bulletin."
Contents: The Church at the Gates: Fifty Years of Service at Canada's Atlantic Ports: An Introduction / C.W. Vernon - The Church at the Gates : Fifty Years of Service at Canada's Atlantic Ports / M. La Touche Thompson.
"The work of the chaplaincy at Canada's Atlantic ports has now entered upon its fiftieth year of helpful service, the first port chaplain the Rev. T.W. Fyles having been appointed in 1833. It is a work in which the Church of England blazed the way for other communions. .... The transfer in 1920 of the responsibility for, and the supervision of, the chaplaincy work to the Council for Social Service ... had as marked an effect upon the Council itself as upon the work of the chaplaincy service. It led to the formation and development of one of the most useful branches of the Council's work, its Department for the Welcome and Welfare of the Newcomer, which in turn led to the undertaking of very definite and organized work for the welcome and welfare of the newcomer in many dioceses. It led also to the careful study by the Council of the many and complex problems of immigration". -- Intro.
Contents divided into sub-sections: Beginnings in Canada -- Reorganization -- The War -- The Council for Social Service -- The Chaplaincy in Action.
The Rev. Brent Neumann, an Anglican Church of Canada priest, worked with the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in London for 3 years ministering to AIDS patients. That nearly cost him his job in Dawson Creek BC where fundamentalists disapproved of his ties to MCC. He is now working to set up a comprehensive pastoral care program in the hospital in Dawson Creek which did not have a chaplain before his arrival. "`A hospital is a scary spot', Mr. Neumann explains. `People there are sick, broken, sometimes dying. In a death-denying society such as ours, a hospital is not a popular place."