From the Dean


2018 Thanksgiving Pastoral Letter



2018 Thanksgiving Pastoral Letter

Thanksgiving 2018 Dear Friends, Harvest Thanksgiving presents us with the opportunity to give thanks especially for the fruits of the earth in seasonal abundance now. In our society, the work of agriculture and the production of food has generally been delegated to those with specific gift and talent for such things. Some of us have […]

Easter 2018 Pastoral Letter



Easter 2018 Pastoral Letter

Lent 2018 Dear Friends in Christ, The season of Lent, with its “lent”hening days, reminds us of the coming of wondrous gifts of springtime when the earth returns to vitality after a life-limiting winter. The winter season is the harshest and most difficult in our climate and most of us are quite ready to see […]

Report of the Dean to the 2018 Annual Meeting



Report of the Dean to the 2018 Annual Meeting

From beginning to endI’ll begin a brief report this year where I ended last – thankfulness for the gift of the Cathedral community. A staff well suited to their tasks and a congregation enormously gifted. Both create an environment for ministry rich with possibility. Welcome and thanks to staffThis past year we welcomed Kurt Schmidt […]

2017 Christmas Pastoral Letter



2017 Christmas Pastoral Letter

Late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail, the incarnate deity, pleased as one of us to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. Christmas 2017 Dear friends, For many, December is one of the busiest of months. Expectations run high with the promise that this year, the […]

2017 Thanksgiving Pastoral Letter



2017 Thanksgiving Pastoral Letter

Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton NB Thanksgiving 2017 Dear Friends, Listening to the news over the last several months is not for the faint of heart. Wildfires to the west, flooding in Central Canada, the impact of hurricanes and tropical storms in the Caribbean and the southern United States, perhaps even a personal tragedy or hardship […]

2017 Easter Pastoral Letter



2017 Easter Pastoral Letter

Lent 2017 Dear Friends, Easter is “late.” It is not by accident that its date changes each year, always keeping us guessing for the next. The vernal equinox governs the date (as it does the Passover), Easter being the Sunday after the first full moon after 20 March, or the fourth full moon of the […]

St. Joseph Guilds celebrate



St. Joseph Guilds celebrate

On Saturday, March 25th, Guilds of St. Joseph celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph at Christ Church Cathedral. Guilds from elsewhere in the Diocese of Fredericton were invited to attend. The following is the sermon by the Dean, part of the celebration of the Eucharist that day. Lections: 2 Samuel 7:4,8-16;  Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a […]

Positive Piety



Positive Piety

“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them.” Matthew 6:1 The word “piety” rings with a negative tone in most ears. One who we describe to be pious is not one we hope to be. We know the pious one to be overly centred on the self, showing a […]

2016 Christmas Pastoral



2016 Christmas Pastoral

Advent 2016 Fredericton NB Dear Friends, et again we approach the season in which we celebrate a most central doctrine of belief — the God of the universe came to earth in the flesh of Jesus Christ the Son. The truth of that reality is essential to our living the Christian life in the midst […]

2016 Thanksgiving Pastoral



2016 Thanksgiving Pastoral

Dear Friends in Christ, “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor …” Deuteronomy 26:5 Those words are found in a passage from the Hebrew Scriptures, the Book of Deuteronomy, appointed to be read at Harvest Thanksgiving this year (Deuteronomy 26:1-11). They may mean little to most of us, but for the People of God from whom […]