158th Annual Synod of the Diocese of Montreal will meet on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Andrew Wesley to Speak at Diocesan Synod
On Saturday, June 17th, the 158th Annual Synod of the Diocese of Montreal will be convened at Christ Church Cathedral and Fulford Hall. It is predominantly a business session with focus on our ministry and mission, the budget and a proposed change to Canon 1, The Election of A New Bishop. In this second year of a triennium that has focused on Truth and Reconciliation: Anglican’s Respond, the Rev’d Andrew Wesley will address Synod as our keynote speaker.
The Rev’d Andrew Wesley was born and raised at Fort Albany, a small village in Northern Ontario on the West Coast of James Bay.
He belongs to the Omushkago Tribe and at an early age was sent to attend two residential schools, Horden Hall which was Anglican and St Anne’s which was Roman Catholic.
Wesley survived and has found the strength to forgive. Before obtaining his Master of Divinity at Wycliffe College, he worked as a Social Worker, Youth Counselor and Human Rights Officer. He became the first aboriginal to be ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Toronto and co-ordinated the Toronto Urban Native Ministry until retirement. Currently he is the Elder – in – Residence at First Nation House at University of Toronto. Andrew attended most of the TRC events across the nation where in the Saskatoon event he told his testament about Residential schools. He is the co-chair of the Primate’s Doctrine of Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice and at one time co-chair of the Anglican Council for Indigenous Peoples. He lives in Toronto with is wife Esther and grandson Jalen.
We look forward to welcoming Andrew to our Diocesan Synod and to hearing more about how the Church and we as Anglicans can respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Report’s Calls to Action.
(Photo of Andrew Wesley at General Synod 2016 in Toronto by Art Babych. Originally published by The Anglican Journal)
Previous Synods of the Diocese of Montreal
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