Our new Archbishop and Metropolitan of Ontario

(Copied from the Diocese of Algoma website:

By now, many of you have heard the news that our Bishop was elected at the recent convocation of Provincial Synod, October 9-12, to serve as Ontario’s new Metropolitan. She will be installed to this office on October 11th during the Synod at Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, Primate Fred Hiltz will serve as preacher. She will now be styled as The Most Rev. Anne Germond, Archbishop of Algoma and Metropolitan of Ontario. The proper ways to address her are ‘Archbishop Anne’, ‘Archbishop Germond’, or ‘Your Grace’. The following is her letter to the Diocese about her new ministry:


Dear People of God in Algoma,

Something very unexpected happened at Provincial Synod in Ottawa on the morning of October 10. I was chosen to serve as the new Metropolitan for the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario.

Two years ago I was elected Bishop of Algoma. Since then I’ve had the joy of meeting and spending time with you, worshipping with you, and sharing in moments of great joy and sometimes great struggle or sorrow.  My world has increased through travels around our beautiful diocese, and I have come to appreciate even more the wonderful diversity that is Algoma – not just geographically but also in terms of its people.

I am in awe of the ways in which you live into your baptismal callings and serve Christ with such faith and conviction.  I love watching the growth arising from the seeds of discipleship, stewardship, reconciliation, and community building that I called us to plant as a Diocese in my Charge to Synod last year. I am excited to see the new ministries that will unfold in the coming years. I count it an enormous privilege to serve as your Bishop.

The news I’m sharing with you doesn’t change anything about my role in Algoma at all.  You’ve got me!

One of the items on the agenda of this year’s Provincial Synod was the election of a new Metropolitan for the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. Our present Metropolitan, Archbishop Colin Johnson, who has served our beloved church so faithfully and so well, is retiring at the end of 2018. The Metropolitan is the Senior Bishop of the Province and the President of the Provincial Synod and the Provincial House of Bishops, and Chair of Provincial Council. The Metropolitan presides at the election of all bishops in the Province and at the consecration services of those duly elected.  The Metropolitan automatically becomes the Bishop of the Diocese of Moosonee, too.

Before the election, delegates prayed that God would guide our minds, “that we might receive a faithful servant who will care for your people and support us in our ministries.” (BAS pg. 676) We entered into the election in a spirit of prayer, trusting that God would act in our midst. Canon 11 of Provincial Synod provides that “only the Diocesan Bishops of the Province shall be eligible for election to the office of Metropolitan.” All of the eligible Bishops in the Provincial House of Bishops were on the ballot.

When the count from the first ballot came in, I had been elected as the new Metropolitan for Ontario. This development was not something I even considered, as there are many far more capable and senior bishops than me in the ‘House’ who are more worthy of the position than I am. I count each of them as mentors and friends, and there is a great sense of collegiality among us that I know this will continue in the coming years. I am humbled by the honour and by the trust placed in me and I will do everything to support the ministries of the church in Ontario and beyond.

Since the ‘breaking news’ was shared I have received countless emails, text messages, and phone calls of congratulations, and assurances of prayer from across Algoma, and further afield. Thank you, thank you – I am grateful for each note and covet each prayer.

Right now everything feels pretty overwhelming and quite terrifying, and so I am keeping my eyes on Jesus who is my constant friend and companion. I ask you to keep my family in your prayers too as we navigate our way through this new beginning. My darling Colin is amazing and so supportive, and I am grateful for his love every day. Our children, Caitlin and Richard, are now young adults living away from home and this makes it somewhat easier.

Some of you have asked questions about what this means for Algoma and how it will work with me being the Bishop of our neighbouring Diocese of Moosonee. I will continue with all of my duties and responsibilities as usual in the Diocese of Algoma, including parochial visits and the usual meetings that are held in the course of a year.  Moosonee Diocese is constituted in such a way that an Administrator, Archdeacon Larry Armstrong, handles the everyday administration. There is an Assistant Bishop, Tom Corston, who travels extensively in Moosonee and does most of the episcopal functions like Confirmations and Ordinations. When Archbishop Johnson was Bishop of Moosonee he spent some time there getting to know the diocese and chairing meetings of Executive Council twice a year, participating in Ordinations and Confirmations as he was able. I will be in conversation with these three men so we can work on how to make things work well for Moosonee and Algoma.

You might be interested to know that two former Bishops of Algoma have been Archbishops for the Province of Ontario – Archbishop George Thorneloe (1915 -1926) and Archbishop William Wright (1955 -1974). I will become the third woman Archbishop in the Anglican Communion and the second in the Canadian Church; Archbishop Melissa Skelton is the Archbishop of British Columbia.

                   In this time of new beginnings I invite you to join with me in praying for the mission of God's Church, that we would be one “great company of disciples, together following our Lord Jesus Christ into every walk of life, together serving him in his mission to the world, and together witnessing to his love on every continent and island.”

You remain in my heart and in my prayers,



Primate Fred Hiltz, Archbishop Anne Germond, Archbishop Colin Johnson


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Return to Regular Worship Schedule

This Sunday, September 9, 2018, we return to our regular Sunday schedule:

8:30 am – Holy Eucharist…a quiet, meditative service from the Book of Common Prayer

10:30 am – Choral Eucharist…our family service from the Book of Alternative Services which includes a children’s program, “Godly Play”

Summer Vacation

Bishop Tom & Ruth will be on vacation for the month of August. Sunday services will be as follows:

August 5th – 10 am, Holy Eucharist – The Rev. Rhonda Hirst

August 12 – 10 am, Morning Prayer (BAS) – Marion Collinson

August 19 – 10 am, Holy Eucharist – The Rev. Rhonda Hirst

August 26 – 10 am, Morning Prayer (BCP) – Hoi Cheu

During the month of August Rhonda Hirst will be available for any pastoral need. She can be reached by through the church office 705-675-2279 ext 2.

Happy Birthday, Canon Michael!

We extend happy birthday wishes to Canon Michael Hankinson, our former Honorary Associate, who celebrated his 98th birthday on June 9th. Thanks to their daughter-in-law Gail for sending the photo of the Hankinsons opening birthday cards. They look great! (Click on “Happy Birthday, Canon Michael!” above to see the photo)

Downtown Churches Barbecue

On Friday June 8th the downtown Churches group held a Barbecue outside Christ the King Church. Many people enjoyed burgers, hotdogs and cold drinks thanks to the folks from six downtown churches – Christ the King, Ste Anne des Pins Roman Catholic Church, St. Andrew’s United Church, Anglican Church of the Epiphany, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and All Nations Church who came together to support the less fortunate in the Sudbury community.

Ordination of Patti Brace

YOUR PRAYERS AND PRESENCE are invited for the ordination of Patti Brace to the Diaconate on Saturday, June 9th at 1 pm at the Church of the Epiphany. Everyone is welcome…clergy and Layreaders are invited to vest (the colour will be ‘red’). Bishop Anne Germond will Preside. The Rev. Dr. Bob Darrenbacker of Thorneloe University will preach. A reception will follow the service.

NOTE: for those of you attending…please be aware that DURHAM STREET from Elgin St. to Larch St. will be CLOSED ALL DAY for Downtown Sudbury’s Blues for Food event.

Possible Delays on your way to Church on May 13th

Don’t forget… this Sunday, May 13th,  is the Sudbury Rocks Race/Run/Walk for Diabetes. The various events (5K, Marathon, 1/2 Marathon etc.) start downtown outside Tom Davies Square and move through various parts of the city. You may experience delays as the participants move along the courses and police temporarily stop traffic at intersections to allow them to pass safely. Please be vigilant and leave your self some extra time if needed.

Summer Service Hours

This year we will begin our summer service schedule earlier than usual. We will gather for worship at 10:00am on Sunday mornings (one service only, each week) starting on Sunday June 3rd until Labour Day Weekend in September.

Upcoming Ordination

Bishop Anne Germond is pleased to announce the upcoming ordination of Patti Brace, God willing, as a deacon in the church of God.  The service is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th, 2018 commencing at 1 p.m. at Church of the Epiphany, Sudbury.  The Rev. Dr. Bob Derrenbacker, Provost of Thorneloe University and Honourary Associate at Church of the Ascension, will be the preacher.  A reception, hosted by churches within the Sudbury-Manitoulin Deanery where Patti has served, will follow the service.  All are welcome!

Patti has a B.A. (Hons) from Trent University, Peterborough; a M.A. (English) and a Ph.D (English) from Queen’s University, Kingston; and she is near to completing her M.Div. from Trinity College, Toronto (2019).  She is currently an Associate Professor at Laurentian University, Sudbury.

As a cradle Anglican, Patti has been involved in various aspects of church life from her childhood.  She admits to pursuing career choices and starting a family while at the same time discerning a call to ordained ministry that “refused to go away”.  She is actively involved in her parish home in Sudbury (Epiphany) and has been involved in various parishes in Canada and the UK when travels and academic pursuits took her from Sudbury.

We uphold Patti and her son, Caleb, in prayer as she prepares for this next step in her journey.