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Dear Matthew,

On Thursday I signed your “Letters Testimonial” attesting to my confidence in your suitability to be ordained to the priesthood. A month from today you will be a priest.

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Dear Craig and Mark,

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There are 60 of us. We are mostly deacons or priests in ministry in the Anglican church in the Diocese of British Columbia.

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Dear Craig, Meagan, Justin, Tanya, and Selinde,

Having just spent the best part of four days with you on your pre-ordination retreat, you are in my thoughts, my heart and my prayers.

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July 2, 1980 was my first day “on the job” as an ordained person.

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On Tuesday evening I heard a lovely reflection on the encounter of Jesus with travellers on the road to Emmaus as told in Luke 24.

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Thirty years ago yesterday I was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. It was an unforgettable and dramatic event for everyone involved.
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Thirty years ago today in Toronto, Ontario, I was ordained a Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada. I was twenty-five years old. There were twelve of us ordained on May 20, 1980 in St. Paul’s Church on Bloor Street by the Rt. Rev. Allan Read.

After my ordination Heather and I moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where I began my professional church life as a Curate at St. George’s Anglican Church. Arthur Thompson was the Rector.

Apart from two sabbatical leaves I have spent the entire thirty years since my ordination working in the church. I have perhaps ten years of full-time ministry remaining. I am three quarters of the way through my professional church life.
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