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Commissary Archdeacon Tanya Phibbs, on behalf of Bishop Townshend, has accepted the request of the Reverend Mary Farmer to retire as Rector of the Parish of the Holy Spirit, effective August 1, 2024. Her last day in the parish will be June 30. Until that date, Mary will also continue to assist Trinity St. James, Bayfield, with their transition to becoming a chapel-of-ease.

After spending thirty-five years in her first vocation as a registered nurse, Mary completed her M.Div. at Huron University College and was ordained to the diaconate on November 30, 2015. On May 31, 2016, she was the first priest ordained in the Diocese of Huron by then-Bishop Coadjutor Linda Nicholls. Mary first served in the Parish of Long Point Bay and became the Rector of the Parish of the Holy Spirit in October 2019. She was a member of Diocesan Council before ordination and on the executive of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer, Huron from 2016. Since 2020, Mary has been the Chaplain to Postulants.

We wish Mary well in her retirement and give thanks to God for her faithful ministry.


The Right Reverend Todd Townshend, Bishop of Huron, and the Most Reverend Anne Germond, Archbishop of Algoma and Bishop of Moosonee are delighted to announce a partnership in the Gospel between the Dioceses of Huron and Moosonee. The Venerable Rosalyn Elm, Huron’s Archdeacon of Reconciliation and Indigenous Ministries, will play a key role in an Evangelistic Mission in the Diocese of Moosonee as its Missioner. 

Archdeacon Ros will devote approximately 300 hours on a part-time basis between March 1st and September 30th to the Mission, “Who Do You Say I Am?”, as part of her responsibilities as Archdeacon. She will continue in her role as priest-in-charge of the Parish of the Six Nations.


The Venerable Tanya Phibbs will be Commissary for Bishop Townshend until his return from sabbatical leave on March 18th.