Rest in Peace: The Most Reverend Terence (Terry) Finlay

Terence Finlay, who served as bishop of the diocese of Toronto and metropolitan of the province of Ontario, died early on the morning of Monday, March 20.

Archbishop Terry was ordained deacon in 1961 and priest in 1962, in the Diocese of Huron and served the parishes of St. John the Evangelist, Kitchener,  All Saints’, Waterloo, St. Aidan’s, London, Grace, Brantford with St. Paul’s, Middleport and St. John the Evangelist, London before moving to the Diocese of Toronto.


Archbishop Terry Finlay with Bishop Bob Bennett and Bishop Terry Dance in London, Ontario in 2015.

In 1986, he was elected a suffragan bishop in Toronto and served in the Area of Trent Durham. He was elected Coadjutor Bishop in 1987 and installed as the 10th Bishop of Toronto in 1989. He was elected and installed as Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario in 2000.

After his retirement in 2004, he served as Chaplain to the National House of Bishops, episcopal visitor to the Mission to Seafarers in Canada, and was the Primate’s Envoy on Residential Schools to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The funeral will take place at St. James Cathedral on Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. A visitation and vigil will take place the night before.

Please keep in your prayers his wife, Canon Alice Jean (AJ) Finlay, their daughters, Sara Jane and Rebecca, and their families.  May Archbishop Terry rest in peace and rise in glory.

The Venerable Tanya Phibbs, Archdeacon of Huron and Executive Archdeacon

(Featured photo: Anglican Journal)