Bishop and Chapter News – September 2020

Bishop and Chapter met 21 September 2020 by video conference with 11 of 14 members present. The Dean lead reflection on Gospel themes during the Season of Creation. Minutes of 15 June 2020 were adopted.

Business Arising

From the Dean

Telephone visits as time permits and avoiding in-person contact when possible. Very few recent admissions to hospital. Outside Communions will resume once considered safe by Farraline Place and Windsor Court. Tuesday staff meetings have returned to a more regular schedule. Involved in preparation of proposal for equipment for live streaming from the Cathedral and video security for hall and church. Continue covering administrative work (printing, bills, deposits, facility booking) in about 7 hours per week. Cathedral office remains closed. Good progress toward hiring the Office Administrator with interviews planned this week. Diocesan meetings as usual. Re pandemic with restrictions - steady as she goes.


Cathedral Restoration Committee - members appointed: Marion Beyea, John Leroux and Wayne Burley. (In addition to: The Dean, Chapter Lay Chair and Property Committee chair.) See Restoration Trust By-Law.

Heritage Standing Retainer - the retainer agreement as proposed was approved. Heritage Standing Inc.

Diocesan Consolidated Investment Fund - revised agreement of understanding between the Synod and participants for signing. Participation in the DCIF is our management of Cathedral investments


Treasurer - A report including monthly financials and a report on DCIF interest January-June 2020. Our financial situation is positive, mostly due to the Federal Government Wage Subsidy for months since the onset of the pandemic.

Property - report on August steeple repair, Heritage Standing retainer agreement, appointment of Restoration Committee, and proposed update to restoration plan were among current activity.

Communication - An issue of Cathedral Connections being planned. Chapter members asked to provide content for both web and newsletter if possible. Another project being considered

Health and Pastoral Care - minimal hospital visitation and only upon request. Parish Nurse continues to minister within restrictions

Worship - music considerations in light of restrictions have been discussed. Worship schedule will remain the same for the time being. Taizé worship will continue virtual for the near future with a community now joining from a variety of locations

Welcome and Hospitality - pandemic restrictions have limited what is possible but a meeting of the committee to regroup should happen soon

Christian Formation - Faith Alive! wrap up on 19 September with confirmation, reaffirmation and reception scheduled 18 October.

Mission and Outreach - Monday morning programme once per month on the Hall steps. Housing First project delayed to 2021.

Finance and Administration - a 2021 narrative budget remains on the agenda. Progress being made with hiring an individual as cathedral office administrator. Other work plan priorities will be addressed as time permits


  • 04 October 4:00 p.m. Installations and Collations
  • 18 October 4:00 p.m. Confirmation, Reaffirmation and Reception

Next Meetings

  • 19 October
  • 16 November



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