Bishop Morgan drew attention to the document "The New Covenant" stating that appeals have been received from native people that the Sunday before the First Minister's Conference be designated a Day of Prayer.
That this House of Bishops respond to the request of Native leaders for the Churches to name a Day of Prayer to precede the final First Ministers' Conference to be held on March 26-27, by designating Sunday, March 22, as a Day of Prayer for Aboriginal Peoples:
And that we commend the document entitled "A New Covenant" prepared as a Pastoral Statement by leaders of the Christian Churches to be used as a focus for this Day of Prayer. CARRIED
4. From Canon A.H. Davis reporting the appointment of a Candidates Secretary and requesting the Secretary to notify the three Dioceses each of whom had promised to pay $2,000 a year for three years towards his salary (Cornwall Minutes). The Secretary reported that he had written to the three Bishops of the Dioceses concerned (Toronto, Huron and Niagara) and that Canon Davis had reported receiving payments from two and a promise from the other.
"That we receive the information re the three Dioceses with an expression of sincere gratitude to the Dioceses concerned." CARRIED
The business of the Candidates Secretary for the M.S.C.C. was then brought before the House.
Having heard with appreciation of the generosity of three dioceses wishing to remain anonymous, to provide a sum of $6,000 annually for a period of three years by way of experiment, this House requests the M.S.C.C. to go forward to the appointment of a "Candidates Secretary." CARRIED.
The Bishop of Huron presented a Report of the Committee which had been charged with working out a Plan for the manning of vacant missionary parishes. There was a long discussion on the various recommendations and eventually it centred around the position of a Candidates Secretary which had been authorized, but M.S.C.C. had no available funds with which to pay the person appointed.
That the Report of the Episcopal Sub-Committee of M.S.C.C., charged with working out a plan for the manning of vacant parishes in the Canadian Missionary dioceses be now received. CARRIED.
The Archbishop of Algoma then moved, seconded by the Bishop of Niagara:
That the sixth recommendation of the Committee of Bishops re the manning of vacant parishes in Canadian Missionary Dioceses be the first business before the House when it meets to-morrow Sept. 30th 1961. CARRIED