"After some correspondence and suggestions, the coat of arms for Mohawk Chapel [Brantford, Ont.] now has a finalized design and has been sent to England for review and royal assent. While Mohawk Chapel has a special status among Canadian Anglican churches -- being the first Anglican church in Upper Canada, the oldest surviving church in Ontario and one of only three Chapels Royal in Canada -- its grant for a coat of arms is by no means unique. Anglican heraldry boasts a rich and long tradition in Canada. The national church, as well as many Anglican dioceses, parishes, congregations, bishops and the Anglican Military Ordinariate all possess their own coat of arms" (p. 1, 9).
Barry Hill, chair of the Mohawk Chapel Committee, described the design of the Chapel's new coat of arms at a service to mark the 100th anniversary of a visit to the chapel by Edward, Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, in October 1919. "Hill notes that the chapel still has a strong bond to the monarchy. Its status as a Chapel Royal denotes it as an establishment officially serving the spiritual needs of the Crown. 'It's part of our heritage in terms of our support of the British crown in the pre-revolutionary times .. We basically brought Anglicanism to this part of the country over 235 years ago', Hill says. The connection to the monarchy also bears relevance to discussions on treaties with Indigenous peoples, he adds, which were negotiated on behalf of the crown" (p. 9).
The Rt. Rev. Ralph Spence, retired bishop of Niagara, is the Albion Herald Extraordinary for the Canadian Heraldic Authority "who has designed many coats of arms for churches as well as communities and organizations across Ontario" (p. 9). Spence talked about "his recent work in helping design the coat of arms for Bishop Susan Bell, which was approved at the last diocesan synod in Niagara" (p. 9). Article includes colour illustration of Bishop Susan Bells' coat of arms.
"Heraldry is a system of creating symbols for the purpose of identification that has existed for many hundreds of years. Bruce Patterson [is] deputy chief herald of Canada and a parishioner of St. Barnabas, Apostle and Martyr Anglican Church in Ottawa" (p. 9). "Until 1988, Canadians had to apply for grants of arms in England. With the establishment of the Canadian Heraldic Authority, which exercises the power to grant arms in the name of the Queen by the Governor General, receiving approval for a coat of arms became considerably easier for Canadians" (p. 9).
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).
Article looks at the practice of Canadian Anglican churches regarding their purchase of wine. While Bishop Ralph Spence promotes the use of Niagara wine, the Cathedral in Kelowna is teaming up with Calona Vineyards to create a sacramental wine.
While the Diocese of Niagara became the second Canadian diocese to approve the concept of blessing of same sex unions, Bishop Ralph Spence declined to endorse the action, saying that more discussion was needed.