Concerned by the huge drop in the Anglican population of the diocese of Montreal (75 per cent in 30 years from 94,600 in 1961 to 24,700 in 1991), Bishop Andrew Hutchison initiated a series of meetings to discover why. "For five Saturday mornings, he sat with disaffected lay people and heard from their own lips why they had left the church. The meetings were organized by a group of six lay people. From parishes, they obtained the names of non-active Anglicans who were still on parish rolls, then invited them to a Saturday morning `Breakfast with the Bishop'." "`The point of the breakfasts was not to get people back into the pews', Bishop Hutchison says. `It will maybe help me deal with the life that's left in the church'."
French translation of this article also appears under title "L'Eveque Hutchison ecoute aux soucis" on page 8.