December-20-11 // by: Bishop Barry B. Clarke
May the holy season fill you with hope, peace, joy and love. I am filled with gratitude for your ministry and support in the life of our Diocesan Family in our parishes and community ministries.
November-06-11 // by: Bishop Barry B. Clarke
I invite you and encourage you to attend a joint service of worship to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Canada. A liturgical celebration to mark forty years of Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Canada will take place on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at 4 pm in the basilica of St Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal. Mgr Thomas Dowd, newly ordained auxiliary bishop will represent Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Montreal, and the both of us will co-preside.
October-02-11 // by: Bishop Barry B. Clarke
Autumn is one of my most favourite seasons of the year; the magnificent fall colors are breathtaking and the rich harvest of pumpkins, squash, fruits and vegetables speak to me of God’s generosity. My soul is filled with the words of the above hymn and the psalms. It touches my spirit with these words:
September-04-11 // by: Bishop Barry B. Clarke
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
The world, and all those who live in it;
For he has founded it on the seas,
And established it on the rivers.” (Ps 24)
For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever. (Ps. 9:18)
I write to you today a mere three weeks after my return from what can only be described as humbling and overwhelming experience. Archdeacon Janet Griffith and I spent a little over two weeks visiting our companion diocese of Masasi in the Anglican Church of Tanzania.
June-05-11 // by: Bishop Barry B. Clarke
This month I invite us to reflect upon the theme of compassion.
The Psalmist describes God’s actions in this way “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” (Ps. 103: 8) Jesus places upon the heart of his followers “Be compassionate as God is compassionate.” (Luke 6:36 ) Paul writes to the Christian community in Ephesus “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”BEphesians 4:32)
April-03-11 // by: Bishop Barry B. Clarke
Parish and faith communities are founded on God’s radical hope for a better world. This hope is realised by participating in God’s mission for the world. Now is the time we need to rediscover the deep roots of real hope in parish life, in our diocesan relationships, and in our community-based ministries. Real hope, rather than wishful thinking, will give us courage to face the challenges that lie ahead.
March-06-11 // by: Bishop Barry B. Clarke
At the Synod of 1996, the diocese of Montreal agreed to restore the ministry of the vocational diaconate. That ministry is one of servanthood modeled upon the ministry and mission of Jesus himself as he washed the feet of his disciples and invited them to do likewise.
February-06-11 // by: Bishop Barry B. Clarke
How many of us are aware of the great resource we have in the diocese called the Montreal Diocesan Theological College? Many of the clergy serving in the diocese are graduates of the College. I, myself, am an alumnus of the College and also happen to be the seventh graduate to be consecrated bishop. Bishop Ron Cutler, Suffragan Bishop of Nova Scotia and PEI is the eighth.
January-02-11 // by: Bishop Barry B. Clarke
I greet you in this New Year in Christ’s name. I pray that we as a diocese continue to discern God’s Mission for us in the life of the Church and the World.