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On behalf of Bishop Townshend, his Commissary the Venerable Tanya Phibbs appoints the Reverend Peter Ciallella as Priest-in-Charge of the parish of St James, Brantford (0.5 time), for a one-year term, effective March 1, 2024.


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