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Bishop Townshend has appointed the Reverend Brendon Bedford as the Chaplain to the Brotherhood of Anglican Churchmen, effective April 22, 2023.

Brendon continues to serve as the Assistant Curate at Christ Church, Meaford.


Bishop Townshend will preside at a service of Deconsecration for St. John’s Church, 51 McCutcheon Dr., Brussels ON at 3pm on Sunday, April 30, 2023.  

All are welcome to come to support the congregation.  Clergy are invited to vest, the colour being white.


On behalf of Bishop Townshend, the Venerable Osita Oluigbo will preside at A Celebration of New Ministry for the Reverend Katherine Loynd and the congregation of Christ Church, Huntingford, 595815 Oxford 59, Woodstock, on Ascension Sunday, May 21 at 3pm.

The preacher will be the Reverend Dr. Eileen Scully.  All are invited to celebrate with the community.  Clergy are invited to vest, the colour being white.  Coffee and tea to follow in the parish hall.


Bishop Townshend has accepted the request of the Reverend Canon Linda Nixon to retire as rector of St. James, Cambridge effective August 1, 2023.  Canon Linda’s last Sunday in the parish will be July 2, 2023. 

Canon Linda was ordained a deacon in May of 2005 and priested in December of that year.  She has served the parishes of Church of the Ascension, Paisley, Holy Trinity, Chesley and Christ Church Tara, as well as St. James, Cambridge.  Canon Linda has served on Diocesan Council, the Children’s Festival Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Social and Ecological Justice Committee (formerly Enviroaction Committee), the Justice League, the Parish Services Commitee, the Stewardship Committee and as the Regional Dean of both Waterloo and the Saugeens.  She was named a Canon of the Cathedral on May 16, 2010.

We give thanks for Canon Linda’s ministry and wish her well in her retirement.


Bishop Townshend announces that the following will be called to the Diaconate at a service of Ordination to be held on Trinity Sunday June 4, 2023, at 4:30pm at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, London.  Clergy are invited to vest, the colour being white.
  • Ms. BJ Dunbar, upon ordination Deacon with responsibility for Outreach, Church of the Epiphany, Woodstock.
  • Ms. Diana Boland, upon ordination, Deacon Assistant to the Territorial Archdeacon of the North
  • Mr. Patrick Martin, upon ordination, Assistant Curate to the Rector, St. John’s, Tillsonburg
  • Mr. Mark Wilton, upon ordination, Deacon Assistant to the Territorial Archdeacon of the South