Bishops of Niagara appoint new Administrators in two parishes

In our earlier releases, it was indicated that two parishes in the Diocese of Niagara voted in favour of leaving the Diocese and the Anglican Church of Canada to seek a more conservative leadership. These parishes are St. Hilda’s in Oakville under the pastoral leadership of The Rev. Paul Charbonneau and St.George’s, Lowville, under the pastoral leadership of The Rev. Charles Masters.

It is the Bishop’s responsibility to uphold the unity of the Church and ensure that the laws of the Churchand of the land are observed, in order to protect the people of the church and its heritage. To that end,as of Tuesday February 19th, Bishop Spence and Bishop Bird have appointed:

The Rev. Dr. Brian Ruttan as administrator of St. Hilda’s Church in Oakville and
The Rev. Susan Wells as administrator of St. George’s, Lowville.

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6 comments on “Bishops of Niagara appoint new Administrators in two parishes

  1. Mithrax+ says:

    Brian is as liberal as they come, odds are it’s going to be ugly.

    Susan…..She could do well.

    Let’s face it, their ministries are not going to be accepted by the congregations, but they could at least try to make the best of a bad situation all round.

  2. chips says:

    the integrity of the Anglican church in Canada has long since been lost. 🙂

  3. Hakkatan says:

    From what little I know of the law in Canada, the diocese will have little trouble keeping the buildings. but will the have a congregation to worship in them and maintain them? I suspect not.

  4. Mithrax+ says:


    When I a mere theological student, my supervisor at the time showed me a document from the 60’s or the 70’s that was a land transfer agreement from the Diocese of Niagara to the parish. The impression that he had was that the Diocese did that for EVERY parish. I think a call to the Provincial land board or whomever oversees that sort of thing would prove if it was just a unique thing to that parish or if it was a blanket policy…

  5. azusa says:

    “…in order to protect the people of the church…”
    Ah yes, the Committee for Public Safety.

  6. Toral1 says:

    Today’s move:

    Bishops Spence and Bird, along with the senior staff of the Diocese are inviting and encouraging anyone who is available, to come to celebrate the Eucharist this Sunday February 24th at the following locations:
    St. George’s, Lowville at 9:00 am
    Presider: The Rt. Rev. Michael Bird
    7051 Guelph Line , Milton Ontario
    St. Hilda’s, Oakville at 9:00 am
    Presider: The Rev. Canon Dr. Brian Ruttan
    1258 Rebecca Street, Oakville Ontario

    The point of this, I would guess, is to see if Charlie Masters will attempt to physically bar the bishop and his followers from holding a eucharistic service.