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Ruth,

You will notice in the top corners of this icon two angelic beings. Angels are messengers of the divine. They remind us that the hidden mystery we call “God” does speak.

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Ruth,

There are not many things I believe a priest must do. But there is one practice of priesthood which for me has proved to be non-negotiable.  It is the practice that has enabled me to prosper in priesthood for nearly four decades.

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Dear Ruth,

Nearly a year and a half ago, I wrote you a letter that I posted on this blog. The occasion then was your ordination as a deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada. Today I write to you again, this time as you are ordained a priest.

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Dear Tracey,

Thirty-nine years ago last month I stood up in St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Toronto with eleven other young men and women to do what you are doing this morning – or I suppose by now, have already done.

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Dear Ruth,

Tomorrow you will enter ordained ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada.

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On Sunday 17 June 2018 at St. Philip, Oak Bay, UVic Chaplain Ruth Dantzer preached a sermon in which she spoke about the journey she has taken towards her ordination that will take place at Christ Church Cathedral on Friday 29 June.

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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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