“Companions walk together, side by side. They share their experiences and their visions. They support each other in their mission and rejoice in all that God has created. By the end of their five-year journey, they are enriched and transformed by the mutual appreciation of their gifts. Now each has more to give, and may continue to receive from new companions in an ongoing journey of faith.”
Partnership in mission is at the heart of all relationships, both within the Anglican Communion and
throughout the wider church. The Companion Diocese program offers dioceses of the Anglican
Church of Canada the opportunity to enter into closer relationship with another diocese elsewhere
in the Anglican Communion for a defined and limited period.
Companion Diocese relationships exist to strengthen each participant in ministry and mission. The
goal of such relationships is to increase each partner's awareness of the single mission to which
they are called. That mission includes:
- mutual encouragement and prayer for one another
- intensified knowledge of and concern for one another
- the exchange of resources, both spiritual and material
Discipline and guidelines are necessary so that these programs enhance partnership locally and
globally, and respect priorities established in each province.
The Anglican Diocese of Montreal currently has two companion dioceses, one within the Anglican Church of Canada — the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior — and one from the greater Anglican Communion — the Diocese of Masasi in the Anglican Church of Tanzania.
To learn more about our companion dioceses, see the links on the left.
Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior
The Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior (APCI) came into being on January 1, 2002. It encompasses the same geographical area as its predecessor, the Diocese of Cariboo — some 170,000 square kilometers in the heart of British Columbia. Having come near to exhausting its assets due to litigation with the federal government arising out of painful legacy of the Residential Schools, The Synod of the diocese in October of 2000, authorized “the Bishop and Executive Committee to formally wind up the affairs of the Diocese…” In 2001, the Executive Committee acted and asked the Metropolitan (Archbishop David Crawley of Kootenay) to give Episcopal oversight to the clergy and parishes, work and mission in the Central Interior.
The Bishop of APCI is the Right Reverend Barbara Andrews, consecrated in October 2009.
Anglican Diocese of Masasi
In 1857 David Livingstone, a Scottish Presbyterian who worked for the London Missionary Society as an explorer in east and central Africa made an appeal to the Church of England, represented by her two oldest Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. His appeal led to the establishment of the Oxford and Cambridge Mission to Central Africa, which later became the Universities Mission to Central Africa (UMCA).
As a result of the establishment of the UMCA the missionaries came to Masasi in obedience to the Great Mission and in the power of the Holy Spirit to make disciples of Jesus Christ. As a result, the Diocese of Masasi was developed and the first Bishop, Bishop William Lucas, was consecrated on 29 September 1926 and was enthroned at Masasi Cathedral on 2 April 1927.
The present Bishop, the Right Reverend James Almasi is the ninth Bishop of the Diocese.
The Diocese of Masasi is located in the southern part of the Republic of Tanzania, bordered by Mozambique to the south, the Indian Ocean to the east and the Selous Game Reserve to the north and west. It covers about 105,000 sq kms (Mtwara and Lindi regions and Tunduru district in Ruvuma region), and apart from the coastal strip, much of the area consists of tropical forests and tropical grassland. The area is relatively flat and interrupted by small, widely scattered hills.
There are two very distinct seasons: the rainy season from November to April/May and a dry spell from June to November. Rainfall ranges between 500 to 800 mm per year.
The population of 3,268,408 persons (2005 census) is largely composed of four major tribes — the Wayao, Wamakonde, Wamakua and Wamwera and approximately 24% of the people are Anglicans. The people are typically indigenous to the area and are subsistence farmers, surviving on small-scale farming and mainly using hand hoes, axes and machetes. However, some of the people who live along the shores of the Indian Ocean and the Ruvuma River practice fishing, using traditional canoes and wooden boats. The people live in Ujamaa (communal or family hood) villages in which every family has sufficient land to live on and farm.
The area is one of the poorest parts of Tanzania with an average per capita yearly income of Tshs 260,840 ($165) and a poverty level of 37.98%. The economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, which accounts for half of the gross domestic product, provides 85% of exports and employs 80% of the work force. Cultivation is generally done using traditional tools and it is carried out on small acreages of between one to three acres. Food crops are mostly maize, rice, millet, oil seeds and cassava as food crops but cashew nuts and coconuts are also grown as cash crops. The topography and climatic conditions, however, limit the cultivation of crops to only 4% of the land area and, as a result, industry is mainly limited to processing agricultural products and light consumer goods.
At our 2013 Diosecan synod is was unanamously agreed to renew partnership's duration is to December 2018.