"The Rev. Capt. David Parsons will become Anglican bishop of the diocese of the Arctic in early 2013. Elected co-adjutor bishop during the Arctic synod in Iqaluit, Nunavut Bishop Parsons will succeed Bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk, who is retiring. Parsons was consecrated on June 3  at the opening of St. Jude's Cathedral, newly rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 2005. Parsons currently serves as regional dean of the Mackenzie Delta and is the incumbent at the Church of the Ascension in Inuvik. The Rev. Darren McCartney was elected suffragan bishop. McCartney spent several years in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, as rector of St. Luke's and speaks fluent Inuktitut. He comes from Knocknamuckley, Ireland". [Text of entire article.]
The Rev. James C. Barlow has come to Iqaluit from St. Francis Church, Estes Park, Colorado, which is part of the Traditional Anglican Church. TAC is not in communion with the Anglican Church of Canada. "Normally clergy who come from a church not incommunion with the Canadian church would be expected to be ordained in Canada, since the receiving church would not recognize the validity of their orders. However, Mr. Barlow was ordained in 1992 in the Philippine Independent Church, which is in communion with the Anglican Communion. Mr. Barlow, who is 55, grew up in Wisconsin and has previously worked in Canada, serving as rector of St. Timothy's parish in Rigolet, Labrador from 1995 to 1997". Mr. Barlow was chosen after a phone interview. Bishop Larry Robertson said that Mr. Barlow's "work with a church outside the Communion was a concern. 'That made us nervous,' said Bishop Robertson. 'He had to sign a statement that he would be obedient to his bishop and to the Anglican Church of Canada. I was quite emphatic that he knew what he was getting into'." "As a dean without a cathedral building [which burned down in November 2005], Mr. Barlow faces the challenge of participating in a $6-million fundraising drive to rebuild which he is meeting with optimism." "He is currently engaged in developing the cathedral parish's soup kitchen, thrift shop and bookstore, a project that will benefit the growing territorial capital and will be supported by $1.3 million of federal funds, he said".
In March 2003, Canon John Erb visited three communities in the Arctic. He first visited Pangnirtung, on Baffin Island, Nunavut. There, accompanied by the Rev. Roy Bowkett, principal, he visited the Arthur Turner Training School and St. Luke's Anglican Church. From there he flew to Iqaluit where Captain Ron McLean accompanied him to St. Jude's Cathedral. The Anglican Foundation supported the building of the igloo-shaped cathedral, designed by Ronald J. Thom and Canon Erb describes its interior. Finally, Erb flew to Kuujjuaq on Ungava Bay in Northern Quebec where he was met by Bishop Ben Arreak and visited St. Stephen's Church.
A proposal to extend and enlarge the present Anglican Cathedral of St. Jude's in Iqaluit has been approved. The cathedral, in the shape of an igloo, currently seats 250 but the proposed new building would hold 650. "The Executive approved the recommendations of the Cathedral Building Committee's architectural design report (Snowdrift) and recommended that the building committee and diocese move on in the fundraising/building process." Includes photo of proposed new design. The Bishop's Message on pp. 2-3 also noted that the cathedral had had "meetings and consultations with FSC Architects & Engineers and they came up with a very impressive design that we felt was most in keeping to our original plans to express the uniqueness of our Arctic identity. This expansion project will cost our diocese about 7 million dollars to complete" (p. 3).
"We are very happy to present this special edition of our Arctic News readers. This special edition is devoted to St. Jude's Cathedral and the restoration project. We wanted to devote this edition mainly to tell our story and the history of our igloo shaped cathedral. We are proud of the outstanding efforts being made to fundraise for our rebuilding project and we wanted to share some of these with our readers."
Colour illustration with caption: "This is an artist's rendering of the future St. Jude's Cathedral in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Construction of the $6.7 million 'igloo cathedral' is expected to continue through 2009. The original St. Jude's Cathedral was destroyed by fire in November, 2005". Text of entire article.