Book Of Remembrance


The Book of Remembrance of deceased members of the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care/Association canadienne de soins spirituels (CASC/ACSS) honours the memory of women and men whose lives shaped and were shaped by the unique vision of education and service represented by this Association. Ours is a vision that has grown over fifty years in Canada. Some of the members honoured in this Book contributed as founders, others as innovators, and still others as mediators of renewal, stabilization, and professionalization. Each person’s story is valued as unique and special.

We launched the Book of Remembrance at a Memorial Service that was part of the 2010 CASC/ACSS Convention in Banff, Alberta. All the information that we receive about each individual is recorded in the Book of Remembrance under that person’s name. There is both an online Book and a paper copy of the Book that is kept at the National Office and brought to each Annual Meeting, where a Memorial Service is celebrated to honour those who have died during the past year.

 You can use the “search” function built into the individual browser to find an individual member.

Members who have died in 2018

Don GillesGILLIES, Donald Arthur 

Rev. Don Gilles passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the age of 84. Loving and devoted husband of Mimi Gillies (Johnston) for 61 years. Cherished father of Stephen Gillies (Deanne), Maureen Gillies, Donna Gillies Marson (Kevin), and John Gillies (DeeAnn). Proud grandfather of Erin (Adam), Shauna (Jeremy), Craig, Matthew, Kiera, Allie (Tyler), Geoff, Jenna, Sara, Lisa and the late Lily. Adored great-grandfather of Olivia and Henry. Dear brother of Mary (late Paul) and Barb (Jim) and brother-in law of Donald (Helen) and Lock (late Anne). Don will also be remembered by his extended family, colleagues and many friends.

Don was a kind and thoughtful man who lived life passionately and devoted much of his time to causes near and far. He was a true extrovert in every sense of the word; a mentor and friend to all, a civil rights activist and humanitarian, a thought leader in the United Church community, a lifelong learner and educator, and a staunch supporter of the NDP. A minister with the United Church of Canada since 1959, Don later taught at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. He will be remembered for his love of music, books and New Yorker cartoons, progressive political views, charming neuroses (most notably about the English language and how kitchen utensils should be put away) as well as his unwavering dedication to work and family. Don could write a beautiful sermon, help build a dock and bake a perfect loaf of bread. He was happiest spending time with his beloved wife and other loved ones at the family cottage on Muldrew Lake.

Along with Mimi, Don remained connected with communities from Saltfleet High School, McMaster University, Boston University, the University of Toronto, The Canadian Club, The Oakville Opera Guild, The Hamilton Children’s Choir and more. He traveled extensively and enjoyed friendships from all walks of life.

Don loved life and wanted more of it, fighting a short but courageous battle to the end. Special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at The Carpenter Hospice for the exceptional care and compassion provided in Don’s final days. As per Don’s wishes, private cremation has taken place. A Service of Remembrance to celebrate his life will be held at Port Nelson United Church on Sunday, September 30th at 4pm, with reception to immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Don to The Carpenter Hospice would be sincerely appreciated by the family.


Nowlan, Pat Pat Nowlan RIP July 9 2018

With great sadness we announce the passing of J. Patricia (Pat) Nowlan on Monday, July 9th, 2018.  Much loved and cherished wife of Dwight, proud mother of Ruth Nowlan, Katherine (Donald) Geisler and Michael (Christine) Nowlan.  She was a devoted and loving grandmother to Jessica, Samuel, Jocelyn, Joel, Ryan and James.  Left to mourn are brothers Allen (Marilyn), Gordon (Irene); sisters Lorraine, Marion, Barbara (El) and Juanita. Pat was predeceased by brother Ken (Joan). She also leaves to mourn her brothers and sisters in-law and many nieces, nephews and cousins whom she loved dearly. Pat’s greatest delight was her family and she cherished every opportunity to visit, laugh, encourage and support them. Her Christian faith was unassumingly worn and guided her throughout her life.

Pat was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland in December 1940. She grew up in Corner Brook and joined the Bank of Montreal in 1957. She met Dwight the same year in the bank and moved on to marry and have three children. In subsequent years Pat worked as a church secretary in many churches across Canada. In her later years she followed her dreams and went back to school for her Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Master of Divinity, and then proceeded to provide pastoral care to the elderly and infirm adults in long term care. Pat and her family lived in Newfoundland, PEI, Montreal, Burlington, Calgary, Edmonton and Oakville, Ontario. Pat retired from formal work in 2008, but continued to guest preach as needed.

Pat took advantage of every opportunity to travel, enjoy frequent visits with family, and relishing every chance to take advantage of the world which was so different from her small home town. Life for her had a sense of wonder and she was grateful for every chance she had to expand her view of life and the world. She was a woman of faith that she shared quietly and faithfully to those she encountered. Her strong Christian faith, much tested over the years, gave her perspective and it was a privilege for her to live her faith serving were she could.

The family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the wonderful treatment she received from the caring palliative care providers: Dr. Benjamin, nurse Jadwiga, Ian Anderson House and Saher who were heaven sent.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Loyola House – Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph, Ontario or Central Baptist Church.

I will miss her deeply.   She and I were ordained in the same church together, went through chaplaincy training at St. Joe’s in Hamilton and were colleagues at Chartwell in their Long Term Care Facilities.   She was a woman of deep grace and a deep fountain of wisdom. ”  – from CASC member Maureen Weaver

Click here to hear Pat’s Sermon preached at Central Baptist Church in Oakville, Nov 3, 2013 on the three P’s: Presence, Permanence, Perseverance.


Marc Pepper 3

Pepper, Marc  1953-2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Marc Pepper,  on July 5, 2018, after nearly 3 years of battle against Cancer. Don’t think he’s lost this fight. Marc left us as he lived, in his own way, and this is the most beautiful victory.  Today again we say, like him, thank you life!           – Marc’s family

Marc was a good friend to many in CASC.  He was the second President of our sister organization in Quebec (L’AIISSQ) and a long time member of CASC. He has been active for many years to help keep our two organizations connected and growing together.  He recently published (Jan 2018) an English translation of his book “I will not die before my death”.  These are Marc’s words about his writing: 

For the past twenty years, as a spiritual care worker, I have had the privilege of counselling palliative care patients in the Quebec health care system. These have been very intense and enriching experiences. Now that I am myself at the end of my life, I am that much more uplifted by some of my patients and the precious life lessons they thought me. I felt like sharing some of their stories and part of the journey I experienced with them and part of my own. I believe that we can all find in these stories much helpful wisdom to truly LIVE our daily challenges. English translation from: “Je ne mourrai pas avant d’être mort!”, (c) 2017 Author website:
Marc Pepper cover_2Marc’s own words: “Mon nom est Marc Pepper. Je suis décédé le 5 juillet 2018 à Saint-Eustache. Je suis marié à Nycole depuis 46 ans. Ensemble nous avons eu cinq merveilleux enfants : Nathalie (Jean-François Mainville), Patricia, Christopher (Nathalie Bernier), Mélissa (François Carrière) et Matthieu. Ils nous ont donnés six superbes petits-enfants : Xavier, Zachary, Éloïze, Alycia, Élizabeth et Naomie.  Je quitte cette terre en clamant haut et fort MERCI LA VIE!

Lillian CurtisCURTIS, Lillian Gladys
Rev. Lillian Curtis passed away surrounded by her family at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the age of 81. Loving wife of Malcolm for over 57 years. Cherished mother of Tammy and Chris McGillivray, Dean Curtis, and Heather Curtis. Treasured Nana of Devon McGillivray (Alex), Connor McGillivray, Quinn McGillivray, Tyler Curtis, and Tatum Curtis. Dear sister of Rose Librock and Aunt of Rick (Zaida), and Debbie.

Lillian was one of the part-time chaplains at Hamilton Health Sciences for almost a decade and also had been employed at St Joe’s Hospital in Hamilton for a number of years until her retirement in 2001.  In addition to these commitments she was chaplain at several nursing homes in the Hamilton area as well.  She served as a Managing Camp Director for Kwasind and was a true champion of Kwasind for many years.

Lillian was the Chair of the CASC Peer Review process for many years and often reduced the anxiety of nervous candidates by inviting them to “Enjoy the process”.  She brought her warm and happy spirit to all she did for CASC, giving tirelessly of her time and talents. No conference would be complete in the past dozen years without seeing Lillian, smiling at the microphone like a proud mother hen, calling the names of the many members who had completed their peer reviews.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.


Members who have died in 2017

Charles Poulter Jan 2018POULTER, Charles Frederick Theodore  March 3, 1920 – November 29, 2017

Peacefully at Extendicare in Cobourg on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, Ted Poulter at 97 years of age.  Beloved husband of Ann Poulter (nee McCart) and the late Jean Poulter (nee McPhee).  Loving father of Christine (Martin Loney), John (Kim), Will (Cynthia), and the late Michael.  Cherished grandfather of Suzanne, Amy (Paul), Bradley (Hilary), Maxwell, Charlotte, and great grandfather of Millie and Jesse.  Brother of the late Patricia.  Dear uncle of Brian (Helen) and the late Barb (Jack).  In his early years Ted trained during WWII as a pilot with RCAF.  He was granted an Honourary Doctorate by the University of Toronto for his pioneering work in bringing professional pastoral counselling training to Canada.  He and Ann shared a passion for sailing.  Cremation with a Memorial Service to be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, in Cobourg on Monday, December 4th at 1:30 pm.  A reception will follow in the funeral home reception centre. The Poulter family would like to thank the staff of Extendicare Cobourg for their sensitivity and compassion during Ted’s time there.  Those wishing may make a memorial donation to Habitat for Humanity.  Condolences received at

Donna Kirkpatrick  KIRKPATRICK, Donna  – Nov 11, 2017


It is with sadness we announce that The Reverend Donna Lita Kirkpatrick died on Saturday, November 11 at Vancouver General Hospital. Donna had been hospitalized recently, but her death was unexpected.

Donna was a cradle Anglican, who was raised in Montreal.  Her home parish was St Columba, Montreal.  She was a very active lay person and lay reader in her parish and in the Diocese of Montreal.

Prior to ordination, Donna served as a lay chaplain at The Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, The Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montreal, The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, and The Alberta Hospital, Edmonton.

Donna received an Honours BA in Theological Studies, with a major in New Testament, from Concordia University, Montreal.  She also had advanced standing in Pastoral Care and Counselling from the Canadian Association for Pastoral Care and Education.

Donna was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Ken Genge in the Diocese of Edmonton on October 28, 1995, and to the priesthood, also by Bishop Genge, on October 18, 1996.

In the Diocese of Edmonton, Donna served as Curate at St Timothy, Edmonton from 1995-1996, as Rector, St Catherine, Edson from 1996-2000, and on the Interim Ministry Team and as a Itinerant Priest.  She also led the Alpha Course and was active in Cursillo.  She was transferred from the Diocese of Edmonton to the Diocese of New Westminster in June 2006.

In the Diocese of New Westminster, Donna served as Honorary Assistant at Holy Trinity, Vancouver, from 2006-2007, Priest-in-Charge at St Edward, Bridgeport from 2008-2010, Honorary Assistant at St Cuthbert, Delta from 2013-2014, and an assisting priest at St Augustine, Vancouver.  As a very active priest, Donna served as Sunday supply in many parishes in the Diocese since 2005.  

At the time of her death, Donna held the Bishop’s License as Anglican Chaplain, Vancouver General Hospital.  She was appointed there in May 2017.  Donna was committed to chaplaincy throughout her lay and priestly ministry, and was active in the International Order of St Luke the Physician.  She also served as a chaplain to the Royal Canadian Legion, to Alcoholics Anonymous, and to various community mental health organizations.

Donna is survived by her sisters Nancy and Kathryn, her brother Richard, Donald her father and step-mother Lupe.   A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at St Augustine’s, Marpole on Wednesday, November 29th at 11am. Bishop Skelton will preside and the Reverend Al Carson will preach. Clergy are invited to vest and process. 

The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Anglican Chaplaincy at Vancouver General Hospital.

Ralph LeboldLEBOLD, Ralph

Died, surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday October 31st, 2017, at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener at the age of 83.  Ralph was born May 12th, 1934 in New Hamburg to Elmer and Katie (Leis) Lebold.

Born into a Western Ontario Mennonite Conference (WOM)—formerly the Amish Mennonite Conference of Ontario—family, Ralph Lebold grew up with strong leaders in a congregational polity. Each congregation had a bishop, minister and deacon working together, although with separate roles. While ordained, these leaders were unpaid and often untrained, although many Amish Mennonites attended the Ontario Mennonite Bible School and Institute held in Kitchener, Ont., for many years, with sponsorship from the Mennonite Conference of Ontario.

Lebold showed his wisdom by bettering his Grade 8 education by earning a bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg, Va., in 1958, and a bachelor of divinity degree from Goshen (Ind.) College Biblical Seminary in 1961 before he took on his first pastorate. He would later also earn a master of theology degree from Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland, Pa., in 1968, and a doctorate of ministry degree from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto in 1980.

In 1955, he and Eileen Erb were married, and in 1961 they moved to London, Ont., where he served as pastor of Valleyview Mennonite Church for 13 years; he was ordained in 1962.

It was during these years that he began to influence the course of pastoral training, which continues to this day. While at Valleyview, he initiated the Congregational Supervised Pastoral Education Program for students who were looking to enter pastoral ministry after their seminary or undergraduate studies. Along with many others, he also encouraged students to get clinical pastoral training in order to shape themselves into strongly centred leaders to care for their churches pastorally.

Lebold was part of a movement into higher education among many southern Ontario pastors. This was the era of the pastor-as-counsellor, and the time of the Concern Movement in the Mennonite church that was spearheaded by John Howard Yoder, which involved pastors sharing authority with lay leaders.

From Valleyview, Lebold was called to be conference minister of both WOM and the Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec, two of the three pre-cursor conferences of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, from 1974 to 1979. He was involved in the discussions that eventually invited the United Mennonite Conference of Ontario into the new entity.  During the 1960s, 70s and into the 80’s Ralph took an active role in the leadership  of the Canadian Association for Pastoral Education (CAPE). 

Lebold’s focus on pastoral leadership continued when, as president of what is now Conrad Grebel University College from 1979 to 1989, the College instituted a master of theological studies program that includes a practical stream for students feeling a call to ministry.

In later years, Ralph and Eileen lent their name to the Lebold Endowment Fund at Grebel that  was established in 1997 by MC Eastern Canada and the College. Reaching its goal of $1 million in 2015, its proceeds have been used to fund the ministry-training component of the theological studies program. After he completed his years at Grebel, he became director of theological education with what is now Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary from 1989 to 1997.

Eileen and their family remember that their husband and father “was passionate about pastoral ministry, pastoral leadership training, and marriage and family therapy. Ralph was instrumental in getting women pastors into leadership roles in Mennonite churches in Ontario. Ralph was a founder of Hidden Acres Camp [in New Hamburg, Ont.] and Shalom Counselling [in Waterloo, Ont.]. He was a charter member of Waterloo North Mennonite Church.”

In 1991, Lebold was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. He came near to death and, although he recovered, his health and strength remained more fragile for the rest of his life. After growing up on a farm, he purchased a “hobby” farm outside Hanover, Ont., in 1970 with his wife, where he was able to continue his passion for farming until 2000.

He is remembered by Eileen, his wife of 62 years; children Connie Bender (Tony), Marvin Lebold, and Cindy Lebold (Scott Beech); eight grandchildren; and many sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces.  

(Slightly adapted from the on-line Magazine:  Canadian Mennonite )  Ralph Lebold A leader of Leaders. 


Carver DaphneCARVER, Daphne Eunice

Daphne Carver died peacefully on October 14, 2017, at the Halifax Infirmary, surrounded by her loving family. Born in 1933 at Maidenhead in the south of England, Daphne was the daughter of Leonard and Rhoda (Rolfe) Ash. She was the beloved wife of Dr. John B. Carver. 
After graduation from the Kendrick Girls Grammar School in Reading, Daphne trained in London, in nursing at the Mildmay Mission Hospital, Bethnal Green, and at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, and then in midwifery at the Beckingham Maternity Hospital and with the Nursing Sisters of St. John the Divine in Deptford.
Following a year of studies in Pastoral Theology with the Church Missionary Society, in 1957, Daphne and John were married in India. They spent three years in a small village hospital near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, where their daughter Claire was born. These were happy, rewarding years, and always a source of sustaining memories for Daphne. In 1960, the family returned to England, where their son Daniel was born. In 1962, John and Daphne emigrated with their children to Nova Scotia. Two sons, Jonathan and Paul, were born in Halifax. 
Daphne graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 1980 and continued with Clinical Pastoral Education and theological studies at the Atlantic School of Theology. In 1982, the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia appointed her as a hospital chaplain. She served for eighteen years at the Victoria General Hospital and the Halifax Infirmary, always with a special concern for palliative care. In retirement, Daphne volunteered with the Victorian Order of Nurses, working on the Seniors’ Information Line and on various committees engaged in introducing supportive community programs for the elderly.
Daphne was predeceased by her beloved husband, John, brothers, Raymond and John, and brother-in-law, John King. She is survived by her four children, Claire (Brian), Daniel (Pamela), Jonathan (Teresa), Paul (Shauna), all in Halifax; and by seven wonderful grandchildren: Julia and Katrina; Sophie, Mairi, and Ian; Samuel and Benjamin. 
Daphne’s interests were many and varied. In her youth, she excelled in field hockey. Throughout her life, she took great pleasure in gardening. She thrived on hiking (not easily deterred by weather or terrain), and gloried in the natural world around her. She was an avid reader and was sustained by music. Her faith, family and friends were her greatest joy.
Pastoral care was not only Daphne’s profession, but her natural inclination. She was an engaged member of St. John’s Anglican Church where, to the end, she was seen circulating among her fellow parishioners, greeting and quietly listening attentively. She was a person of deep faith, and her guiding principle was to always do “whatever is the most loving thing.” Daphne touched the lives of all who met her, and will be sorely missed.

Donations in Daphne’s memory can be made to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund or to the V.O.N. of Greater Halifax, or to a charity of choice.


peter-grundler-edmonton-ab-obituaryGRUNDLER, Peter       August 26, 1960 – October 14, 2017

With heavy hearts the family of Pastor Peter Grundler of Edmonton AB announces his peaceful passing October 14, 2017 at the age of 57 years.

Peter is survived by his wife of 32 years Sandra and sons Andrew and David. 

The family would like to the the nurses and staff at the CCU of the Royal Alex Hospital for their compassionate care of Peter in the few days that he was with them.

Peter was the chaplain at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital where his skills at listening and gentle presence made a strong impact on others:  Here are some testimonies to his ministry there.  “I only met Peter once, when I began my own role at the Glenrose Hospital. I found him to be a kind approachable and forthright person, and could immediately understand how he was a good Pastor, and a sensitive, invaluable and supportive, Pastoral Care Provider at our hospital. I am very saddened by his sudden passing, and loss of this special person at such a young age, and my heart and condolences go out to his family and friends. ”  

“I speak for everyone at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital when I mention the shock and disbelief with which we heard the very sad news of Peter’s passing away. Peter was a kind, gentle, humble, powerfully empathetic soul who knew how to listen, how to be there, how to witness for people. He had a tremendous impact on the countless patients to whom I referred him for Pastoral Counseling. I considered Peter one of my mentors at GRH and being newly hired this Spring, he was someone I sought out for advice on how our roles worked together to the benefit of our mutual patient caseloads.
I had the opportunity to sit with Peter in his office several times and shoot the breeze. He always came across as genuine and I appreciated his wry sense of humour, something I share and got to witness regularly.
I am incredibly grateful for knowing Peter for the brief time I did. My life is all the better for the positive impact he had on me and on my professional practice with patients.
Please accept my condolences on his unexpected and sudden passing. Know that he was a great man who did great things, who lived life with passion, who quietly went about his job but in that very quietness made an impact at GRH that will never be forgotten.”

“Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital as the news of Peter’s sudden death sinks in. Peter was a wonderful person – a sensitive and caring soul – and our hearts are breaking. An unspeakable loss for his family, his colleagues at the Glenrose and for all who knew him. My sincere condolences to Peter’s family at this very sad time.”


floyd Green picGREEN, Floyd Elwin  -Sept 24, 2017

Past Rector of the Anglican Parish of Newborough, Ontario, Chaplain to the mentally ill in St. Thomas and Toronto, Teacher of Clinical Pastoral Education and retired Director of Spiritual Care at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. Peacefully at Southlake Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the age of 81 years. Loving father of Reverend Doctor Elizabeth Green (Kevin Doonan) of Keswick and Robert (Veronique Fortin) of Montreal. Dear brother of Eileen Flemming and Emma Jane Brown, both of Kingston and of the late Dawn Poole and Edward Green. A Memorial Service will be held at All Saints Anglican Church (12935 Keele Street, King City, Ontario) on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. Friends may gather at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will take place at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church Cemetery in Kitley, Ontario, at (date and time to be announced). In memory of Floyd, donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated. Sign an online book of condolences at

Floyd was a long time CASC member and pioneer.  Certified as a CPE Teaching Supervisor-Educator in 1977, Floyd helped steer CASC through many of its formative years. He was the 13th President of CASC in 1978, and Chair of the ESC in 82 and 83.  He was active in the Ontario Central Region and was chair of the E.P.I.C. joint USA Canada conference in Toronto in 2003.   



louis-Cassey-June 2017CASSIE, Philippe (Louis)

Rev Louis Caissie, a priest of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth, died on June 22, 2017 at the QEII Infirmary, Halifax at the age of 79.Father Caissie was born in Grande-Digue, NB, the son of the late J. Edmond and Marguerite Rita (Poirier) Caissie. He spent his formative years in Grande-Digue, NB, before moving to Halifax where he graduated from St. Patrick’s High School (1955) and completed undergraduate studies at Saint Mary’s University, and theology at Holy Heart Seminary, all in Halifax. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1962 by Most Rev. Norbert Robichaud in Grande-Digue, NB.

Fr. Caissie served as an assistant priest in the parishes of St. Peter’s (Dartmouth), St. Charles (Amherst), St. Theresa’s and St. Mary’s Cathedral (Halifax) and St. John Vianney (Lower Sackville). He served as pastor of the parishes of St. Peter’s (Dartmouth), Nativity of our Lady and St. Charles (Amherst). Fr. Caissie served in the Archdiocese’s mission in Chiclayo, Peru for 5 years (1967-72). He studied at the Toronto Institute for Pastoral Education (1989-90) and then worked as a Staff Chaplain (1990-92) and as Coordinator of Spiritual Care (1992-2002) at the Victoria General and the New Halifax Infirmary Hospitals, as well as a Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education. He ministered to the French speaking community at La Mission Sainte Famille (Dartmouth) for many years. He served the Archdiocese through various roles, namely, as a member of the Council of Priests, Director of Diaconal Formation and Diocesan Director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Fr. Louis’ ministry also included persons with HIV/AIDS, the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia, and within the LGBT community.

Fr. Caissie is survived by siblings Sr. Sarah Maillet of Bathurst, Paul-Emile (Annette) Caissie of Moncton, Maurice (Florence) Caissie of Calgary, Marie (late Joseph) LeRue of Halifax, Marguerite Vicki (Charles) Lawson of Moncton, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Pierre Caissie of Ontario.

Visitation will be at St. Peter’s Church, 10 Maple Street, Dartmouth on Monday, June 26th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with a vigil service at 7:30 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, June 27th at St. Peter’s Church at 11:00 am. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville.

Memorial donations to the AIDS projects in Africa, the Stephen Lewis Foundation or Phoenix House would be appreciated.



Phyllis FisherFISHER Phyllis   1947 – 2017

 Phyllis Fisher was born in Toronto on December 19, 1947, and grew up in the Kawartha Lakes Country of central Ontario. She met her life partner, Bruce, when they both attended Eastern Pentecostal Bible College, Peterborough, in the mid-1960s. Prior to their marriage, Phyllis became ill with renal failure and needed to be hospitalized. The night before her wedding, Phyllis arranged to be released from the hospital, returning to a rigorous schedule of kidney dialysis only after the ceremony and a couple of days honeymooning in Niagara Falls in October of 1968. Phyllis eventually received a kidney transplant from an unknown donor, whose family in their grief from losing a daughter in a fatal Toronto car accident, contributed the gift of life to a critically ill unknown recipient. Bruce comments: “They probably do not know that their gift kept Phyllis alive and in excellent renal health for over 30 years.”

Phyllis and Bruce shared lives of service in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, pastoring in Kingston, ON, St. John and Moncton, NB, Montreal, PQ, and Edmonton, AB. It was in Edmonton that Phyllis encountered CPE, completing her first basic unit at the Misericordia Hospital. Following this, between 1992 and 1993, Phyllis participated in a year-long Chaplain Residency program at the University of Alberta Hospital – a place where, many years later, she received her second renal transplant from a beloved colleague. Phyllis’ subsequent years as a certified Specialist in Pastoral Care spanned several health institutions and prison facilities. It was in the field of chaplaincy that she completed a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree at St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton, telling the stories of men and women who suffered with mental illness and addiction. She wrote her thesis on the topic, “Regard My Wounds: The Relevance and Meaning of Spirituality in the Treatment of Substance Use”. At this time, as well, Phyllis was recognized by her Pentecostal denomination through ordination.

Phyllis’ respect for and appreciation of those whom society marginalizes made her an excellent person to become Chaplain at Alberta Hospital Ponoka, now called Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury, where she worked for many years. It is noteworthy that she was there during tumultuous times of change and restructuring. Phyllis’ focus was always on those she served. With extraordinary compassion and spirited advocacy, she listened to those suffering the “unspeakable anguish” of addiction and mental health crises. She always believed her patients and clients were trying “to find their way home” to safe and sacred places. In support of their effort Phyllis was intentional about bringing what she called “applied spirituality” to the treatment plan. This translated into honouring the diverse faith needs of patients, respecting their beliefs and customs, and providing them with prayer, worship and other scheduled or requested ceremonies. Indeed, Phyllis loved and encouraged the congregants, patients, inmates, staff and families with whom she ministered for the better part of four decades, and thus her legacy will always be Love.   

Phyllis died peacefully with her family by her side on May 23, 2017. She is remembered for her zest for life and the wonderful contributions she made to so many people over the years. She is survived by husband Bruce, son Shawn and daughter-in-law, Kristin, daughter Robyn, grandsons Kaiden and Ryland and granddaughters Hailey and Hannah.  Comments here were composed from portions of the obituary posted at Serenity Funeral Services, Edmonton, Alberta, and thesis abstracts on St. Stephen’s College website.


CulleneBryantBRYANT, Culleen June 45, 1941 – April 23, 2017

Rev Dr Cullene Evelyn Bryant passed away early Sunday morning. A United Church minister, teaching chaplain, accomplished writer, loving mother, and devoted grandmother, she is survived by her children, Alex (Delyana) and Rhiannon (Jason), and grandchildren: Ava, Dalia, Luke, Teya, and Vivian. A memorial service will be held at 2PM on Saturday, April 29 at Highlands United Church in North Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Pancreatic Cancer Society or the North Shore Hospice.

Cullene was the first woman to be certified as a CPE Supervisor within our Association. She spent many years here in Alberta, including at the University of Alberta Hospital, where I came to know her and witness her deep goodness, wit and wisdom. – Margaret Clarke

Cullene’s two passions, writing and theology carried her many places. A minister in the United Church of Canada, she worked most of her life as a teaching chaplain in hospitals. Toronto, Edmonton, New York, and even the Philippines were home for her. She studied at the Centre for Spirituality and Justice in New York and received a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton in New Jersey. She had the privilege of traveling to far-off lands: Antarctica, Zambia, and Peru, to name a few. A graduate of the Simon Fraser University Writers Studio (TWS), she enjoyed writing about people, their dilemmas, delights, foibles and humour. Beloved mother of two and proud grandmother of five, Cullene Bryant was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February 2017 and died on April 23, 2017. Her first volume of poetry, God Is a Laughing Bedouin, was published posthumously in September 2017. She left behind a legacy of written work both published and unpublished and was working on a second volume of poetry at the time of her death.  (Cullene’s author web site)

Cullene Bryant is a rock and roll grandmother of five. Her two collections of short fiction, Llamas in the Snow and In the Dry Woods, were published by The Books Collective in Edmonton, Alberta. Her stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines. She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio. When Bryant grows up, she hopes to win the Governor General’s Award.  (Cullene’s Simon Fraser Continuing studies web site)

Norm HeadleyHEADLEY, Norman

Norm passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on Monday February 20, 2017 at age 72. Norman, beloved husband of Kathleen for 48 years. Loving father of Jennifer (1972-2006), Deidre Stajduhar (Greg) and Enid Selkirk (Glen). Proud Grandpa of Mark, Sarah, Jenna, Alexander and Maja. Dear brother of Kay Moir (Barry) and Carol Fahn (Jerry). He will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, friends and colleagues. Norman was the Director of Chaplaincy for Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and prior to that the Director of Chaplaincy at University Hospital in London, ON. The family wishes to thank the staff at Post Inn Village for their compassionate care.
He requested cremation and his wishes will be honoured today (February 22, 2017). The family has made arrangements at Oakview Funeral Home in Oakville for visitation on this Saturday, February 25th, from 2:00-5:00p.m.
On behalf of the family, we thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Enid Selkirk (Daughter)
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PORTER, MurrayMurray Porter
Reverend Canon Murray Porter, May 28,1933 – February 13, 2017.  
Died at the Georgian Bay General Hospital, Midland after a lengthy decline in health. Murray leaves his wife Wendy, his children Stephen (Margo), David (Verna), Ian, Janice (Andre), Jeremy, “the Grands” Jo-Anne (James), James (Caitlin), Andrew, Kareem, Jasmine, Colleen, Alida, Christian, Easton, Jacob, Mathias and Gemma. Brother of Jean Kerr-Penny (Doug). He will be fondly remembered by his nieces , nephews and his many friends. 
Murray was the Chaplain/Director of Spiritual Care for The Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene (now the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health) in Penetanguishene, ON, from 1980 until his retirement.  Murray was active on the Executive of the Ontario Central Region of CASC back in the 1980’s.

Joan M Martin Feb 3, 2017MARTIN, Joan M.

Joan passed peacefully into her God’s Love and Light at Dawn

on February 3, 2017 surrounded by kindness and compassion

at the Hummingbird Hospice Room of the West Nipissing General Hospital, Sturgeon Falls,

having bravely endured an incurable ovarian cancer.

Joan is survived by her partner and spouse Jeff Archambeault

and four Mizuik daughters Margaret, Jill, Karen (Kenneth Munro) and Cheryl.


“We have come into the world…to be filled with light….to shine” Mary Oliver

 A Tribute from Jeff

Jeff & Joan.  Acquainted since 1989, our Journey evolved in 1999.  May my effort to capture a brief life summary contribute to the honour of my dear Joan’s memory.

Joan M. Martin was a brave woman, who faced life directly, boldly. For her small, selective, and widely dispersed “community,” she was  a solid and dependable friend. 

Her life roles included:  Daughter (Sudbury),  Spouse and Mother (B.C), then Single Parent (B.C./ North Bay), and always a Homemaker.

Intelligent care describes her professional life.  Her degrees in Nursing, Social Work, and Pastoral Studies lead to these roles: as Nurse in Public health (B.C.), Marriage Tribunal Case Auditor (North Bay /Ottawa), CAS Child Protection Worker and then a Multifaith Hospital Chaplain (Ottawa), concluding with a private practice as Psycho-Spiritual Counsellor (North Bay).  In retireen, “Yardening” and plant care were her soul satisfying spiritual practices.  She delighted to see things grow and to create Beauty.

Joan lived every day of her life, and its ending, as fully as possible, with a definite and determined attitude.  Self-contained and private, yet always ready to voice, write a letter, talk and listen.  “Coffee table” ministry was her concept.  A woman with astute awareness and keen observation, always as a practical, feet on the ground, no nonsense, direct person.  She believed in personhood, individuality, self-responsibility, and fostered independence and creativity, was attentive to politics and issues of humanity.  She believed in God often quoting a spiritual director: “when in need God sends the best”.  She learned to believe in herself, as a quiet feminist with a socialist conscience (I hear her quote: “let no man count too little and none too much” Kipling).  Lifelong spiritual practices included reflective reading, journaling, prayer, and meditation. Joan was a clear minded, centred and rooted person, with a quiet soul. She could hear quickly a core reality with her unique capacity to listen.  And she was unabashed to question.  An anchor for some, yet unintentionally a threat to others.  Nor did she did “not suffer fools gladly”. 

Joan’s voice, joie de vivre, prophetic voice, and determined spirit will be a void for many of us.  Yet Joan might counter that with a challenge to “develop your own”.  Join me in farewell to Joan in using some of her own expressions:   “Have Fun”  “Be Free” and  “l’chaim …to life!”.


Members who have died in 2016

John RobertsROBERTS, John  1935-1916

The Reverend Canon John Roberts was born in Liverpool, England on December 4th, 1935. Passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the Trillium Hospital, Mississauga on December 12, 2016 in his 82nd year. Loving husband of Roberta (nee Henry) for 51years and brother to Joy Giles (Boston, Mass). Starting his career as a Structural Engineer in Liverpool after an injury brought his ambitions to an end of playing football for Liverpool FC, John accepted a Fulbright Scholarship and moved to the United States in 1961 to study Social Group work and Community Development. Discerning a call to ordained ministry John entered Wycliffe College, University of Toronto in 1962 where he and Roberta were married in 1964. Ordained in 1965 John began his long term relationship with Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services by serving as Chaplain to youth offenders at the Hagersville Training School from 1965-1975. Thereafter he served as Training Chaplain at the Ontario Correctional Centre in Brampton affiliated with the Toronto School of Theology from 1975 – 2002 and became President of the Canadian Association of Pastoral Education. John’s other appointments included being Chaplain to “O” Division of the RCMP since 1982, Teaching Professor at Wycliffe College and St. Augustine’s Seminary, Interim Priest at St. James Anglican Church, Guelph, St. John’s, Nassagaweya, St. Stephens, Hornby and Priest Associate at Grace Church, Milton. A humble man by nature, throughout his life John shared God’s Word by touching and improving the lives of thousands. Although he will be greatly missed in this life, God willing he will be granted peace and eternal joy in the presence of the Lord whom he faithfully served to the end. Family and friends are invited to visit at the McKERSIE-KOCHER FUNERAL HOME 114 Main St. E. Milton 905-878-4452 on Friday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at Grace Anglican Church 317 Main St. E. Milton on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers the family requests donation to The Primates World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) or World Vision.



Rev, Roy Cyril Rev. ROY HUNTLY passed away peacefully at Fairmount Home on August 20, 2016 after 86 years of a life fully and well lived. His beloved wife Muriel predeceased him in 2013 and they leave behind their children Juliet (Michael), Alyson (Andrea), Martin (Rachel) and Theresa; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Roy grew up in England and then spent three years in Jamaica serving in the Congregationalist church in Kingston before the family immigrated to Canada in 1967 where Roy was a minister in the United Church of Canada, serving congregations, Conference offices and chaplaincies in Quebec and Ontario. At the end of his career, Roy’s passion for the pastoral care needs of seniors brought him to Kingston where he worked at Queen’s in the area of gerontology. Roy was an active long-time member of Harrowsmith United Church and subsequently Sydenham Street United Church in Kingston. His friends and family will remember his wit, his artistic eye, his generous commitment to social justice and the grace and dignity with which he faced his final years. The family is deeply appreciative of the care Roy received from numerous gentle caregivers in his home and from the exceptional staff at Fairmount Home. A celebration of his life will take place at 11:00 am on September 12, 2016 at Sydenham Street United Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sydenham Street United Church or the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

TracyVanVOM HAGEN, Tracy  August 13, 1979 – September 13, 2016

Dr. Tracy Vom Hagen (Nee Demmons).  While the recent passing of Tracy Vom Hagen (nee Demmons) deeply saddened the Acadia Divinity College family, we thank God for the life of this remarkable young woman.
Tracy first came to ADC as a student, earning a Master of Arts (Theology) with Distinction in 2004. During her studies at Acadia, she also completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education; each unit consisted of 400 hours of instruction or practicum. All the while, she was living with, and rising above, the effects of Neurofibromatosis type 2, a disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors throughout the nervous system.
Surgery to remove tumors on her brain stem affected Tracy’s hearing, ending her ability to answer her calling as a chaplain. Rather than dwell on her hearing loss, Tracy listened with an open heart and recognized God’s hand at work in her life. She turned towards an academic approach to chaplaincy, studying at the venerable University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where she completed a dissertation on the knowledge of God and people with intellectual disabilities.
As she neared the end of her doctoral program, Tracy accepted an internship with the United Nations Critical Incident and Stress Management Unit in New York conducting training for UN support staff in psychosocial support. She then spent 18 months in Afghanistan as a staff counsellor providing psychological and spiritual support to UN staff working under extreme duress.
Her health finally necessitated a return to Canada.
In February 2011, ADC formally launched the Charles J. Taylor Centre for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care, appointing Dr. Tracy Demmons as its first Director. In three brief years, Tracy, interrupted by several serious operations, worked with ADC to define the mission and vision of the Taylor Centre and re-connected ADC with the chaplaincy world in Canada.
With her vibrant personality and tenacity in teaching and counselling despite her physical limitations, Tracy inspired and touched the lives of students in profound ways. In 2015, she was honoured by the Acadia Divinity College Alumni Association with its Distinguished Service Award – the youngest recipient of this award.
Tracy believed that God works wonders with whatever you give Him. This was certainly demonstrated in her own life. Acadia Divinity College will long remember Tracy’s indomitable spirit, positive outlook on life, and deep faith in a loving God.

Click here to hear Tracy in an inspiring video

(Link from ACD Blog, Acadia University Website, October 2016)

 Members who have died in 2015

LASHMAR, Colleen

Sister Colleen Lashmar, CSJ Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Residence in Dundas, Sr. Colleen passed away on August 9, 2015, in her 30th year as a Sister of St. Joseph. She was predeceased by her parents Herbert and Colleen Lashmar and her sister Theresa. She will be deeply missed by her brothers Patrick (Josie) and Brian, her beloved nephews and nieces, her dear friend Donna Mann, her colleagues, students, friends and members of her religious family the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada. Sr. Colleen was a gifted musician who managed a music studio prior to joining the Congregation and shared her talent generously over the years. Colleen attained advanced degrees in theology and pastoral ministry and was the Director of Spiritual Care at Cambridge Memorial Hospital for many years. She also taught at St. Peter’s Seminary in London and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. Sr. Colleen’s legacy is the positive influence she had on her students and colleagues with whom she ministered throughout the years. She touched many by her gentleness, compassion and grace and she will be remembered with a smile for her never-ending quest for keeping her options open and “trusting the process”. The Sisters thank all the staff at Medical Day Care at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and at the Hamilton Residence for their gentle care of Colleen during her illness. The Sisters of St. Joseph will welcome family and friends at St. Joseph’s Residence at 574 Northcliffe Avenue, Dundas on Thursday, August 13th from 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Celebration and Thanksgiving will be held at the Residence on Friday, August 14th at 10:30 a.m. with interment following at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

MCKENNA, Neil Roderick  August 1st, 2015

Born In: Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed in: Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Rev. Neil Roderick McKenna, age 65, died suddenly in Antigonish on Aug. 1, 2015.
Born in Antigonish, he was the son of the late Neil and Christena (Boyd) McKenna. He was educated in Antigonish and Mabou, graduated from St.F.X. with a B.A and B.Ed and he studied at Saint Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto. He was a priest of the Diocese of Antigonish having been ordained in 1984. He served as a priest in Larry’s River and several parishes in Cape Breton and for the last number of years he was involved in hospital pastoral ministry, first in Halifax at the QEII, then at the Cape Breton Regional and finally at St. Martha’s, Antigonish, retiring from this ministry in 2014. His hospital ministry took him to people when they were most vulnerable and he always reached out to them with compassion and understanding, providing comfort in their most difficult hours. Further, he was recognized as a gifted homilist and teacher whose words inspired and challenged his listeners. At the time of his death he was the Chaplain at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Saint Martha. He had a lifelong passion for Pipe Band Drumming. In 1974 he took a leave of absence from teaching and spent a year in Scotland receiving instruction from Jim Kilpatrick MBE and Tom Brown, two of the world’s greatest band drummers. He was instructor and lead drummer of the Antigonish Legion Pipe Band that won several North American Championships and placed 3rd at the World Pipe Band Championship in Grade 2 in 1976. During his time as a priest he continued to teach drumming. In 2013 he was inducted into the Antigonish Highland Games Hall of Fame. Before going to study in the seminary Fr. Neil taught High School English in Antigonish and is remembered fondly by many of his former students.
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Dr. Patricia McKenna; his nieces and nephews, of whom he was very proud, Jennifer (Anthony) Polson, Patrick (Krista) McKenna, Stephen McKenna, Matthew (Sarah) McKenna, Caroline McKenna and Emily McKenna.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother, Boyd.
A special thank you for the sisters of Saint Martha for their support and kindness to Neil, and to his brother priests particularly Fr. Ralph McKay. Thank you to the medical community of St. Maratha’s Hospital especially Dr. Bill Booth and Dr. Mary Gorman.
Visitation will take place at the Motherhouse Sisters of St. Martha starting on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. with a Bible Vigil at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Saint Ninian’s Cathedral on Wednesday, Aug.5 at 11 a.m. with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding with Diocesan clergy concelebrating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Palliative Care Departments in Halifax, Sydney and Antigonish.

MONDOR, Marguerite  1945-2015

Marguerite (Bast) Mondor passed away on Friday, June 12, 2015 at the age of 70. Predeceased by her parents Peter Paul Bast and Odelia Geis, and brother Gabriel. She will be dearly missed by her husband of 49 years Claude, and children Dean (friend Lori), Shawn (Sue) and Todd. Proud grandmother to Abbey, Molly, Joel and Kylie. She will be fondly remembered by her sisters Christina (Gordon), Bernice, Elaine (Dave), Dorothy, sister-in-law Claire, Claude’s siblings (Terry and Louis, Pauline and Fernie, Louise and Denis, Claire and Denis, and Susie and Dick) as well as many nieces and nephews. Marguerite was an avid needlepointer, quilter and gardener. A special thanks to Kathy Howe (Chaplain), Dr. Barbara Yeats (Family Physician) and the staff of the Intensive Care Unit at the Queensway Carleton Hospital (Ottawa) for their compassionate care. As per Marguerite’s wishes, there will be no service. Family and friends will celebrate her life at a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society will be appreciated. Condolences or tributes may be made by clicking here:








On January 28, 2015, Rev. Gale Macaulay-Newcombe passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones in person and in prayer. Gale was active in the then named CAPPE/ACPEP as a Pastoral Counsellor and PCE Teaching Supervisor. She served within the Certification Committee at a time when candidate reviews were changing significantly, and designed the first matrix assessment tools for interfacing required papers with competencies. Gale was an ordained Anglican priest, counsellor, author, friend, mentor, and maker of meaning. As shared in her obituary write up, Gale will be remembered for her ferocious spirit, creativity, and commitment to justice. Those who remember her are grateful for her life and mourn her death. In particular, she will be missed by her daughter Clair, former partner Rick, parents Virginia and Gale, sisters Joan (Bob), Chris (Dave), and Marilyn, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She is also missed by many current and former CASC/ACSS members who knew her and benefited from her remarkable insight as well as creativity.



TINK, Peter  February 11, 1931 – December 3, 2015
The Rev. Dr. Peter Donald of Cobourg, Ontario.  Peacefully at his home in Cobourg on Friday December 3, 2015 at the age of 84. Beloved husband of June (nee Garner). Loving father of Kerrie Duncan (Frank), Glenn Tink, Ian Tink (Sue), Tony Tink, Ashley Abbott and Alison Franklin (Gary). Proud grandfather of David, Ian, Jesse, Jeffrey, Kayla, Devin, Douglas, Alexandra, Ryan, Summer and Liam. Great grandfather of Matthew and Sadie. Brother of Helen, Rosemary, Ian, Colin, the late Gordon, the late Malcolm and the late Kelvin. Peter was ordained over 50 years ago in Australia. He provided pastoral services in several Australian parishes, and was especially proud of his service with Lifeline of Sydney. Peter went on to serve parishes in the United States, Bermuda and Canada. His Canadian service included coordinating Chaplain for Toronto General Hospital and Bloorview Children’s Hospital and parishes in Bancroft, Oshawa and Woodbridge. He was a past Grand Chaplain for the Masonic Lodge. Most recently honourary priest at St. Peter’s Anglican. A funeral service will take place at St. Peter’s Anglican Church 240 College St. Cobourg on Wednesday December 9, 2015 at 11 am. Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter’s Anglican Church. Condolences received at
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Members who have died before 2015 are listed alphabetically

AMAN, Irene  1954 – 2002

Irene Aman was born to Herman and Helene Hause in Edmonton, Alberta, August 4th, 1954, along with her twin sister Ilene. She had two other sisters, Linda and Judy, and a brother Herman.

Irene’s faith was steeped in Lutheran tradition and it was within that tradition that she proudly worshipped and ministered throughout her life. She had a deep love for Trinity Lutheran Church in Edmonton, this being the church of her childhood. One of her greatest desires was to return to Edmonton to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of her beloved church and she was able to do this just before she died.

After graduating high school, Irene attended Camrose Lutheran College and the University of Alberta, obtaining her BA in Sociology. While she was there Irene traveled to Guatemala with a group of young people to help construct a bridge after this impoverished country had suffered an earthquake. This experience set the direction of Irene’s life, which was a life dedicated to serving Christ. One of Irene’s unfulfilled dreams was to be fully ordained as a minister within her denomination. It has, however, been said by many who knew her that indeed she was a minister in every sense of the word. While in Bonneyville, Irene demonstrated one of her many special gifts being journeying with and counseling those suffering through the grief process. Simultaneously, she continued her studies towards a Masters of Divinity, taking courses by correspondence and attending the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Irene was seriously involved in seeking social justice and equality relating to women and minority issues. She was associated with IYAPSA, and traveled to Angola where she witnessed the needs of the African people. Irene obtained a certificate in Christian Pastoral Education and was certified as an Institutional Specialist in Pastoral Care.

Irene was hired by the Director of Social Services in Bonneyville, Alberta in 1978. He just happened to be a single young man named Terry Aman. A romance blossomed and Terry and Irene were married July 19th, 1980. Terry and Irene had two beautiful children. Both Peter and Jennifer are now married and Peter and his wife have a beautiful baby girl. Irene did not live to see either of her children married or witness the birth of her granddaughter.

Irene joined the CAPPE residency groups to complete summer units at the University Hospital under supervision of Dr. Margaret Clark in both summer of 1995 and the summer of 1997. During the summer of 1997 she completed her second advanced unit and proceeded to become a CAPPE Specialist. Irene was both ambitious and creative. While completing her training Irene put together a proposal for the establishment of Spiritual Care at Bonneyville Hospital and thus created herself a chaplaincy job. She worked in Bonneyville until August of 1999 when she moved with her husband and children to North Vancouver, B.C.

Irene became the Palliative Care Chaplain at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. It is rather ironic that Irene’s final days were spent in a hospital room at St. Paul’s just across the hall from her office.

Irene was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2000. She joined Abreast in a Boat in 2001, paddling in Deep Cove. She valiantly served her team as a drummer in 2001-2002. Another of her desires was to live long enough to celebrate her birthday with her twin. After a joyful birthday celebration at home on August 6th, 2002, Irene died peacefully on August 8th, 2002 in a hospital room across from her office at St. Paul’s Hospital. Her memorial service was held on August 12th at her family church, Gloria Dei Lutheran in North Vancouver. In honor of Irene, many of her friends wore brightly coloured clothes, as was Irene’s wish.

To quote the words of another dearly departed friend, “You never know when you’re making a memory.” Irene left all of us who knew and loved her with many cherished memories. Thank you my friend.

Submitted in loving memory of a dear friend by
Marj Pettinger and Anne Zimmerman

BANKS, Barry William  1952 – December 18 2014

Barry Banks died on December 18, 2014 and that day we lost a brother, friend, colleague, mentor, spiritual care clinician and dedicated CPE supervisor. Barry died in the middle of his life, fully engaged in his work at East Coast Forensics Hospital (ECFH), in CPE supervision, in his research for his DMin and in his training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). His love for life and his desire to engage all life had to offer stayed with him until the end. The Supervisors in CPE at Capital Health lost a close colleague. Barry brought a passion to supervision and a unique approach that is missed by his colleagues and former students alike. He was the supervisor from the Mental Health program who worked in close partnership with other Capital Health staff on the residency program and individual units, making collaboration work. He is sorely missed.
At convocation in May 2014 Barry was made an Associate of the Atlantic School of Theology, a fitting honour acknowledging his many years of service to the school and its staff and students. The following paragraph about Barry was part of the information package released to the media prior to convocation:
Barry Banks is the Professional Practice Leader in Spiritual Care within the Mental Health program at East Coast Forensic Hospital. Barry’s connection with AST began in 1998, when he enrolled in the MDiv program. He made the most of his education and became actively involved in the life of the school while attending as a full-time student. During the third year of his studies, he also completed a full-time Spiritual Care Residency at the Nova Scotia Hospital. His MDiv, coupled with this residency, cemented his place in Capital Health’s Mental Health Program. It also cemented his ongoing relationship with AST. Since 2002, Barry has supervised in excess of 30 AST students in the Capital Health CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Intern and Residency programs with the specialization in mental health. He has also supervised AST SFE students and two research projects by AST MDiv students at East Coast Forensic Hospital. Barry is a past member of the AST ethics review board and is currently a member of the AST harassment and discrimination review panel. For several years, he added to the music at convocation, and he has brought a (very popular!) brass ensemble to AST’s annual tree lighting celebration every year since 1998.

BULL, Edgar Samuel  1917-1995

Edgar was born in Windsor, Ontario where he completed his high school education. In 1940 he graduated with a B.A. from Trinity College, U. of T. In 1948 he graduated with a LTh & B.D. from Trinity College, U. of T.

1940-1945 he was a RCAF Wireless Air Gunner. After the war he served as an Anglican Parish Priest in parishes from Calgary, Windsor, Cobourg and Toronto.
He was the Anglican Chaplain at the Toronto General Hospital 1984-89. Edgar took his first unit of Clinical Pastoral Education in 1947 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was an Assistant Supervisor with Archie McLaughlan at McMaster University, Hamilton in 1955. He was an Assistant Supervisor with Charlie Taylor at Acadia University in 1956, 1957 + other years.

Edgar, along with three or four other men, met in the early 1960’s to conceive a national organization for SPE in Canada. These meetings resulted in the creation of the Canadian Council for Supervised Pastoral Education.

BULMAN, Thomas  1928-2006

Reverend Dr. Thomas Bulman, beloved husband, father, grandfather, minister, poet and friend, born in Vernon, November 11, 1928, died at Burnaby General Hospital on Sunday, January 29th 2006, from injuries sustained in a car accident on November 3rd, 2005. He is survived by his loving wife Jan Bulman (nee Colwell): his three daughters Kate, Nan (John), Jenny (Duncan), his son David (Rosamond): his eight grandchildren Vincent, Philippe, Simon, Sarah, Amanda, Callum, Alasdair and Imogen.

He was an idealist in a world that sorely needs these, a faithful follower of Jesus and a prayerful man. Thomas was an accredited Chaplain Supervisor and at one point he was the head of Pastoral Care at the UBC Health Sciences Centre.

BURRITT, William  20th September 2010

Dr. William (Bill) BURRITT B.A., B.D., D.Min Analytical Psychologist (Zurich) Passed away peacefully at home in Stroud, Glos., on the 20th September, aged 64 years after his illness with skin cancer. Bill was the beloved husband of Emmeline, dear Father of Chris, Neal and Laura and grandfather of Johann, Chelsea, Danielle, Ruby and Angus. Bill was a CPE Supervisor who trained in the United States. He came to Canada where he was a supervisor from 1976 – 1978 at the Douglas Hospital in Montreal. He later went on to become a Jungian Analytist. At the time of his death he was the Director of the Jungian Centre in London, England.

CARTER, Rod  January 15,1948 – May 30, 2010

Rodney Steven Carter was a CPE specialist and chaplain, minister and mentor, Director of the Restorative Justice Program at the Queen’s School of Religion and Regional Coordinator for the Correctional Service of Canada, teacher and guide for students, motorcycle rider and country and western enthusiast, husband and father, saint and sinner.

Rod Carter, born in Belleville in 1948 died on May 30, 2010. As a teenager, Rod and his cousin Bob- a brother to him – ran away from home to Toronto and lived on the streets for several months. It was a bond never to be broken. Rod served in the army for a couple of years, between 1965-1967. Still a young man in 1967, Rod was convicted of a crime and sentenced to 3 1/2 yrs in a Federal Penitentiary. After completing 18 months of his sentence, he was released on parole in 1968. Upon his release, Rod found support both in his family and in his faith and decided to pursue an educational path. On Sept. 27, 1969, he married Sally Canniff and their beautiful son Jeff – you do the math – was born a few months later on Feb. 9, 1970.

He earned a BA from Trent University in Peterborough and went on to receive a Teaching Diploma in London, Ontario. He taught school in London and Denbigh before his teaching career moved to the Northwest Territories where he taught native children. for a year. It was during this time-frame, in 1977, that Rod was granted a Criminal pardon.

He and Sally felt a calling to ministry. He started at the Vancouver School of Theology but felt their program was too structured. So he withdrew and travelled across the border, landing at an Aboriginal retreat centre in the States. He studied at the feet of an aboriginal elder and went on a vision quest. More grounded and sure of his calling, he and Sally enrolled at Queen’s Theological College, now the Queen’s School of Religion. In 1984, he graduated with a Master of Divinity and was ordained at Bridge Street United Church in Belleville as a minister in the United Church of Canada. His wife Sally graduated in 1985 with her Bachelor of Theology from Queen’s. Rod was settled on the Cree Reservation at Saddle Lake and Good Fish Lake in Alberta (150 kms north of Edmonton), where he served for 4 years. This was a time that shaped his life-long commitment to work for right relations with his aboriginal brothers and sisters.

In 1990, he returned to the Kingston area to work with Correctional Service Canada, first as a Chaplain at Joyceville Institution for five years and then as Regional Chaplain for Eastern Ontario for another five years. During this time, Queen’s established a Restorative Justice Program and Rod was seconded from CSC to become the Director of this new program in 2000. A decade later, 490 students have participated in the Queen’s Restorative Justice Program, which has garnered national and international profile. His work had earned him many accolades over the course of his career, including most recently an Alumni Achievement Award from Queen’s School of Religion in 2009.

Rod was a man who lived life’s paradoxes. He was down to earth yet inclined heavenward. He moved where demons dwell, yet he was drawn to the light of life. He was a trouble-maker and shit-disturber, yet also a healer and hope-carrier. He was private yet connected; quiet yet impassioned; scarred yet real. A temper quick to flare, yet a patience unending and tender.

His life touched so many lives. The ripple effects are strong. His premature departure leaves an unspeakable void. Yet his candid disclosure of his depression, grief, pardon and restoration are sources of inspiration and comfort to all who seek reconciliation and hope.


Laura Carter-Munns (Born March 7, 1971) passed away September 17, 2012 after a brief illness. She was raised in London where she took her early education. She graduated from Huron College. After taking her first CPE unit at London Health Sciences, she was accepted into a CPE residency at St. Joseph’s Hosptal, Hamilton. After the residency, she was employed as a Staff Chaplain at Parkwood Hospital site, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. Laura is remembered as hardworking, determined, resourceful and fun loving in spite of recent health challenges.

Laura had a passion for the arts. Her creativity was entwined with her ability to provide spiritual care. For example, one Legacy program she worked on with Team members was called, “Fridays with Louise.” Louise, a resident, had trouble communicating because of a brain tumour and so needed support to express her feelings and thoughts when exploring her life story. Her journey with Louise was at times sad, at times joyful, and at time frustrating as she struggled to share what was in her heart. Fridays with Louise was an opportunity to empower Louise to share her story as a legacy for her family. Because of this initiative by Laura and others on the team, Laura made a difference and the family have a lasting keepsake.

Laura is sadly missed by her husband Craig and her seven year old son, Harrison, her father, Bill; her sister, Rhonda along with the team she worked with as well as her colleagues in Spiritual Care.

“I, your God, will travel with you, and then lead you to rest.” Exodus 33:14


CHIDWICK, Paul  1930-2007

The Reverend Paul Chidwick attended Jesus College 1960-62 having previously graduated from the University of BC and Anglican Theological College in Vancouver, B.C. He was ordained in 1958. Following his studies in Cambridge he became Warden of Trinity College, Nairobi, Kenya whose purpose was to provide post ordination training for local East African clergy. It was time to Africanize the leadership of the Anglican Church. At this time when Kenya became independent, he wrote a small book ‘Change and Challenge. His experience there provoked these thoughts. ‘In East Africa so much of what was important to the preservation and distinctiveness of Anglicanism waned in the presence of what was really basic in life. Denominational distinctions were put aside. The people around me manifested a freshness of Christian spirit and understanding that must have been evident in the early church.

In 1969, Paul returned to England and attended Queen’s College, Birmingham where he researched both euthanasia and palliative care. After these studies he returned to Canada where he became Rector of St. Mary’s Church, Windsor, Ontario in the Diocese of Huron. There he started the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County and became a Canadian spokes person promoting palliative and hospice care. He wrote ‘Dying, Considerations concerning the passage from life to death, 1983, and ‘Dying Yet We Live, 1988. He was privileged by his experience with the Hospice Movement. ‘It was here that I came into contact with people of all denominations, all faiths, and many people whose beliefs and values did not belong to any particular faith community…I was still an Anglican who had evolved into becoming a Christian, but now I was simply content to be called a child of God.

In 1990 he was a hospital chaplain in Toronto and on retirement in 1995 became a Clinical Ethics Consultant in that city. He is survived by his wife Ann, four children and 10 grandchildren.


At age 93, died peacefully at his home in Cobourg Ontario. He was the husband of Marion Lanktree, and predeceased August 5, 2006, by Dorothy Christie (Wilson), the mother of his five children: Robert, Kenneth, Karen, David and Donald. Howard was born in Pictou County Nova Scotia, into a Clergyman’s family, Rev. George A Christie, and lived in Alberton, and York PEI, Chatham NB. He taught School before attending Mt. Allison University, graduating in 1944. He was ordained at Pine Hill Theological College, as a minister of the United Church of Canada. Howard’s ordination by the maritime Conference was special in that his father, who had been president the previous year, was granted the privilege of ordaining his son. A very moving experience for both him and his Dad. His first congregation was at Jerusalem NB. He served in Hunter River, and Charlottetown PEI, as assistant Minister of Trinity United, where he helped organize outreach to a new congregation and build the Park Royal United Church. Then he moved to the Fredericton Presbytery where he was the minister at Marysville and Penniac United Churches, from 1958 to 1966. Howard then moved to Boston to study for a degree in Pastoral Counselling and Chaplaincy. He was appointed to the Montreal General Hospital and later to the Royal Victoria Hospital, department of Pastoral Services. During his time there Howard led courses in Clinical Pastoral Education, and was involved in various training programs for volunteers. His main focus was his direct involvement with the many bed patients, as well as Psychiatry. He retired in 1986. He had joined St. Lambert United Church and later served as Minister Enumerates, from 1969 to 2007. After retirement, Howard and Dorothy enjoyed numerous travels abroad, and were tour leaders for church trips to Israel. He also made trips to Europe, the Oberammergau Passion Play two times, visits to his missionary daughter Karen, in South Africa, visits to China, and to his son David’s home in Texas.


Sister Mary A. Delaney, C.S.J. (Sister Capistran) a beloved member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston for 66 years, died Monday, July 18, 2011 in the Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham. She was 85.

Sister Mary was a graduate of Saint Charles High School in Waltham and received her bachelors degree from Regis College in 1953. She earned a masters degree in education at the University of Massachusetts in Boston in 1973 and a masters in divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School five years later.

Formerly missioned as a teacher at St. John School in the North End of Boston and at Holy Name School in West Roxbury, Sister Mary ministered as chaplain at Boston City Hospital and at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Sister Mary served as Director and Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education at the following hospitals in Nova Scotia and in Alberta, Canada: Cape Breton Hospital, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Dartmouth Hospital, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Hospital, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Misericordia Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta as well as Supervisor at Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Sister Mary was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Mary T. (Berry) Delaney and the sister of the late Margaret R. Boudreau, James M., John B., William B. and Thomas J. Delaney.

She is survived by her beloved sister, Sister Janis Delaney, C.S.J. of Brighton, her sister-in-law, Jeanne M. Delaney of Waltham and many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces, and great grandnephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Sister Mary’s life by gathering for calling hours in the Chapel at Bethany Health Care Center, 97 Bethany Road, Framingham on Friday, July 22nd, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. followed by a Vigil Prayer Service at 5:30 p.m.

Memorial donations made to the Sisters of Saint Joseph, c/o Mission Advancement, 637 Cambridge St., Brighton, MA 02135.


The death of Sister Rita Maud Duncan (Sr. Stella Marie) of Ruth Ross Residence occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 following a period of failing health.

Sister Rita was born in Salisbury, New Brunswick, a daughter of the late George and Margaret (Monahan) Duncan. She was the youngest in a family of 11 children. Rita received her teaching license and taught at Melrose, N.B. from 1945 to 1946. Then she entered the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception in 1947. She taught at Assumption School and St. Patrick’s School in Saint John, N.B. After several more years of teaching in Farrellton, Quebec, Sister Rita taught and served as principal in Wetaskiwin, Alberta 1965-75.

Retiring from teaching, Rita prepared herself for work in the field of mental health by taking Clinical Pastoral Education courses in Washington, D.C., and enrolling in a course of studies for supervised pastoral care at St. Paul’s University, Ottawa. She received her Chaplain Certificate from the Canadian Council of Churches, Toronto, ON. Academically, Sr. Rita received a Bachelor of Arts at Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Bachelor of Education at University of New Brunswick. She also went on to acquire a Masters Degree in Religious Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington and a Masters Degree in Sacred Theology from Regis College, Toronto, ON.

Sister Rita Duncan served in Pastoral Care in Edmonton, Alberta from 1984 to 1988 and then as Director of Pastoral Care at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Vancouver, B.C. from 1988 to 1993. She continued her studies and received a certificate in Spirituality and Worship from Berkeley, California.

Sister Rita returned to Saint John, N.B. in 1994 where she resided at Glenburn Court, and served on the Vocation and Associates Committees and as a board member for the Diocesan Council. She gave many Pastoral Care Workshops at the Villa Madonna Retreat House in St. John. She then moved to St. Joseph’s Convent West where she served as the Local Leader and was involved in Hospice, Pastoral Ministry and prayer groups until her retirement.

In 2005 Rita moved to Ruth Ross Residence where she continued in prayer ministry with prayer groups. Sister Rita died at age 81 after living with cancer for several years. She was predeceased by three brother, George, Donald, and Francis Duncan; and five sisters, Sr. Helen Duncan, SCIC, Bernice O’Sullivan, Edith Herrington, Catherine King, and Blanch Frenzel. She is survived by two sisters, Sister Teresa Duncan, S.C.I.C., and Ethel Roy, both of Saint John; 12 nieces; 20 nephews; 65 grandnieces; and 57 grandnephews.
Information Sources: and Western Catholic Report (August 24, 2009)

Comments from CAPPE/ACPEP Colleagues:

Debbie Everett: “She was a chaplain at the Edmonton General when I first met her in 1987 for a lay pastoral care giving program. And then, through her, I discovered CPE. She moved to Vancouver not too long after the lay pastoral care giving course in Edmonton, and I didn’t think I would see her again, but was so touched that it was she who organized my Specialist interview in 1992 in Vancouver. The day after my Specialist interview, she was attacked in her parkade. I saw on the national news the next day that she fought her attacker off. He had a hatchet and said, ‘I am going to kill you.’ She came back strongly, ‘You are not!’ He pushed her down and stole her car but she was not seriously injured. They called it on the news program ‘verbal judo’. She was in her 60’s at least at that time. She was on a U.S. talk show about unusual things nuns have done or have had happen to them. I just happened upon the program one Tuesday morning (I worked 4 days a week back in the 90’s), a year or so after the incident.

“I roomed with Sr. Rita one night at the Grey Nuns mother house in Old Montreal after the CAPPE convention in 1995. I have seen her at a couple of CAPPE conventions since. I heard she had cancer about the time I arrived at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital (2009). I had a message relayed to her that I was in Fredericton in this position and I heard back she was very happy to hear of this. It was an emotionally hard after hearing of her death, since she was so central to my becoming a chaplain and, more importantly, showed me a very different kind of spirituality than I had known before. I guess as time goes by, very significant people in our journeys will be passing away, and I know that Rita is a big one for me.”

Margaret Clark: [after reading the Homily from Sr. Rita Duncan’s Funeral] “What a wonderful testament to Rita’s life! My own experiences with her were connected with ARCAPPE gatherings here in Alberta over a number of years, and also when I was in St. John, NB for my Teaching Supervisor interview. Rita was the candidates’ chaplain. This struck me so powerfully since I remember she had a very tough time within CAPE in her own supervisory endeavours. Yet, there she was offering supportive presence to others going for supervisor. It forever touched my heart in relation to her strength of character and deep goodness.”

Comments from the Homily given at Sr. Rita Duncan’s Funeral (Msgr. Brian G. Sheehan, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, July 25th, 2009)

“Rita was a real woman, a determined woman…. and a woman of great faith and courage…. Rita could stand up to anybody…. confront anybody…. remind anybody of their role, their position, their responsibilities….In a way, she was fearless…. she was a country girl…. brought up on a farm in Salisbury, the last child in a family of eleven…. a Catholic girl, with a Baptist father, and raised very much in the minority of a Protestant village…. all this didn’t bother her…. all this, for her, were advantages….

“Her life reads like a tapestry of preparing herself, educating herself, training herself – to be…. and to serve others…. Sr. Rita was a great believer in professional training… and she confronted herself about that, and challenged herself before anyone else….In this, she was a pioneer in pastoral care, especially…. she saw the absolute necessity for pastoral training…. in ecumenical settings, with recognized certification and equal team participation of clergy and pastoral workers in health institutions….She was an early proponent of CPE training, involving herself as an instructor…. and left a legacy to so many who have benefited from her knowledge and wisdom. Sr. Rita died a grateful woman…. she died a happy woman…. a joyful woman.”

EATON, Sally

Sally Eaton (also known as Sara L. Eaton) was born October 31, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario and passed away December 15, 2010 in Queen Charlotte, Haida, Gwaii, B.C. An Anglican Priest, Sally was one of Canada’s first Palliative Care Chaplains and served in that capacity in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver until her retirement in 2007. In 2003 Sally relocated to Queen Charlotte City in Haida, Gwaii, where she became an active participant in the community and a respected elder. Sara, as she was known by in recent years, passed away suddenly while participating in her regular Tai Chi class near her home.


Charles Feilding was born in Wales in 1902, spent his early life in London and came to Canada with his family at the age of ten. He attended Upper Canada College and the Barrie Collegiate in Ontario. He graduated from King’s College in Halifax and the General Theological Seminary in New York in 1929 and was ordained deacon and priest in the Episcopal Church of Scotland. He remained at General for another six years as a Fellow and Tutor while he studied New Testament under Dr. B.S. Easton. Even at this point he was finding his major interest to be in the study of Moral and Pastoral Theology and in the area of training for ministry. Experience in clinical training and new insights in psychology – particularly through the analytic school led him to a critical re-appraisal of much of traditional pastoral theology. He worked closely with many psychiatrists and other professionals in various hospitals and institutions to relate therapy and pastoral work.

In 1935 Charles Feilding became Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Staten Island. The same year he married Ann Truslow of Southport, Connecticut. In 1940 he returned to Canada as Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Trinity College and in 1944 became Dean of the Faculty of Divinity. Here he was responsible for the administration of the faculty, for teaching and above all for the pastoral care of students. Many things changed during his tenure of office. The course was lengthened by a year and the tutorial system was introduced.

In 1943 along with others he founded the Toronto Graduate School of Theological Studies which brought together Trinity, Wycliffe, Knox and Emmanuel for Graduate studies in Divinity. Later St. Michael’s joined and this venture in part led to the formation of the Toronto School of Theology in 1970.

In his early years, many students were sent from Trinity to Clinical programmes in the United States. Then, in 1957, along with Dr. J.A. MacFarlane, formerly Dean of Medicine, he founded the Toronto Institute for Pastoral Training under which most of Trinity’s students and those from other colleges receive supervised training in hospitals and other institutions. He was also much involved with the Rev’d. A. MacLachlan in the formation of the Canadian Council for Supervised Pastoral Education – now the Canadian Association for Pastoral Education -which provides accreditation for training programmes.

In 1961 he resigned as Dean and took a sabbatical as Visiting Fellow at Yale to study how to train people in the art of ministry. This became a research project of the Association of Theological Schools and he spent another two years working on it. His work was finally published in 1967 under the title of Education for Ministry. Its basic thesis is that ministry must be learned where it is exercised and that supervised field education is the key to that training. The book has had a tremendous influence on this college – but has without doubt affected the programme of practically every theological centre in North America.

In 1964 he returned to the College to teach and to implement the kind of field programme of which he had written. He remained until his retirement in 1970. He took an active part in the negotiations which led to the formation of the Toronto School of Theology. He was involved with the Canadian Urban Training Programme for Christian Service. He continued his attack on much contemporary theological education which he described as a “vast archeological dig, preoccupied with the long ago” and constantly drew our attention to the fact that the world we were preparing students for was a world. hick no longer existed. He attacked the teaching methods of the schools – the lecture – because graduates went out to do the same thing to their people.


FRANCZ, Beatriz Eugenia

Beatriz Francz of Hamilton, Ontario died on 18th September 2012 supported by her family. She was much loved by her husband Dennis, her son Michael and his wife April, and by her stepchildren Joseph, Jasmine, Jeremiah and Julia. She was also a supportive and loving sister to Nancy, Raphael, Gabriela, Katia, Lolis and Eduardo.
Beatriz was a determined, fun-loving and independent woman who brought these attributes to ministry. She never let obstacles prevent her from her dreams of ministry. Her Basic supervisor said “no” to her many times because she did not have a degree, limited English skills, no church affiliation …and each time she returned with the requirement met. She began her CPE training only after assurance that her friend would also be accepted.
Bea’s Chaplaincy journey through Basic, Advanced and Specialist certification was marked by her unique style. She was a fearless defender of her patients and families in all her ministry settings. If she thought that something was required to minister to her patients, she was tenacious and usually correct.
She would minister at the Hamilton General site of Hamilton Health Sciences where she became the symbol for chaplaincy and staff support. After she was laid off by the hospital’s decision to reorganize Chaplaincy, she struggled to return to ministry and secured a position at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. Catharine’s. As one of her family members said, “She was at the height of her life: happy, working at a ministry she loved, in a loving relationship, and the matriarch of her little family.” It was at this time that her experience with cancer began, and then ended her life all too soon.
Beatriz lived the wisdom of an old evangelical preacher: “Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.” – from a sermon in the Works of John Wesley


GLEBE, Delton  January 4, 1919 – May 11,2011
Delton was born on January 4, 1919, in Normanby Township, son of Windom and Olga Glebe. Following his graduation from Hanover High School, he worked in accounting and administration for the Swift Canadian Company, Hanover. He married his life-long love, Verna Binkle on August 21, 1948.

He received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Divinity degrees through Waterloo College and Seminary, and was ordained into the Lutheran Ministry. He received his Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Counselling from Boston University, and his Doctorate in Theology from Knox College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Delton served as a Parish Pastor in New Dundee and Mannheim as well as Mission Developer in organizing Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Waterloo. As Chair of the College and Seminary Board of Governors he was extensively involved in negotiations resulting in Waterloo College and Seminary becoming Waterloo Lutheran University. He became a full-time member of the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary faculty, and was Principal and Dean of the Seminary from 1970-1984. Delton became well known for his courses in Aging and Change, Death and Dying, and Current Ethical Issues taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He continued as a motivated and inspiring professor until his retirement in 2002, at the age of 84. Delton was a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and a charter member and former president of the Canadian Association of Pastoral Education. Throughout his career, Delton provided presentations and workshops in the areas of gerontology and thanatology, touching the lives of countless people in all walks of life.

Delton was given the titles Principal Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care and Counselling by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, and Pastor Emeritus at Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Waterloo.

Delton and Verna created a close and loving family, raising 4 children, Donna, Diane, David, and Deborah. They cherished their 9 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters. During his 63 years of marriage, Delton was a model of strength and commitment, providing his family with a foundation of unconditional love and support. Delton’s children and grandchildren remain keenly aware of how truly blessed they were to have him as their father and grandfather.

Delton was a devoted and charismatic pastor, keen administrator, respected and valued colleague, inspired and inspiring leader, outstanding professor, trusted mentor, wise pastoral counsellor, loving husband, father and grandfather, and a true and loyal friend.

Delton John Glebe was most certainly a ‘bright light’ to all who knew him. No one can forget his warmth, sense of humour and supportive presence. We are thankful for his unique place in each of our lives, and are assured in knowing he will live on in our hearts, our memories and our actions.


GOW, Patricia  – Pat

Rev. Patricia Gow was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. She was a graduate of Acadia University with degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Master of Divinity and Master of Theology (Pastoral Care). She also studied at the Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center, Massachusetts where she worked toward a Doctor of Ministry Degree. Pat was ordained in the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches in 1989. She worked at Acadia University as Adjunct Faculty at the Divinity College teaching Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), Grief Counseling and Basic and Advanced Pastoral Counseling.

Pat worked as the Coordinator of Valley Pastoral Counseling at the Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Center. She was Chaplain for three years at the Cape Breton Psychiatric Hospital in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She was an Associate Teaching Supervisor with the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education (CAPPE). Pat also served as Interim Minister at various local churches.

Pat Gow passed away on October 17, 2007 at the age of 57.

Some of her students and colleagues remember Pat in these ways:
“She showed a genuine concern for people. She was more concerned for others than herself. As a colleague, I remember her support and encouragement. She was there whenever she was needed.” “I remember Pat as a fine colleague. We served together as adjunct faculty at the Acadia Divinity College Pat had a sincere interest in the development of her students and worked diligently with them in their placements and on their issues. I had opportunity to witness Pat’s organizational skills as she supervised a CPE program in the hospital where I worked as Coordinating Chaplain. She was a kind, perceptive, careful interviewer of prospective students and worked collegially as we set up placements for each one.Student feedback was positive as she was able to balance encouragement with challenge to growth.
Pat was part of a small support group we both attended. We could count on Pat to listen carefully and usually put her finger on the issue we were struggling with, much to our relief. I missed her greatly after her sudden death. I still do. Many times as work and personal issues arose, I longed for her counsel.
She was sincere, competent and dedicated to her work of supervision, her family, and her colleagues.”
“I remember Pat with fondness as she opened my eyes to what pastoral care was all about. Pat encouraged this guy, who was considering leaving another career and entering pastoral ministry, to embrace and absorb what pastoral care was all about. We both agreed that I was entering a world that I was very unfamiliar with and I will always be thankful for her patience as I wrestled with verbatim presentations, case study role plays, etc. I’m happy to say that much of her patience and teaching bore fruit.”
“I have many memories of Pat, and want to mention one. She was an effective educator. I took several courses from her when I was working on a pastoral care degree at Acadia. I have continued to use what I learned in those courses in my daily spiritual care and in my constant work with students as a supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Contributed by Pat Rose, Heather Embree, David Seller and Gary Myatt


KATERBERG, Rudy  Apr 6, 1934 – May 21, 2012

Born in the Netherlands, Rudy immigrated to Canada in 1953. He served as pastor in Drayton, Ontario and as chaplain and teaching supervisor at hospitals in Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria, and Kelowna, B.C., and in Brandon, MB. He passed away suddenly after a brief illness. He was a kind, thoughtful, and loving man, who will be missed. He is survived by his wife Diane Tait-Katerberg; his daughters Michelle, Nicole, Danielle (John), and Claire; and 5 grandchildren Abigail, Charlie, Bethany, Jack, and Kate; and by his sister Tineke (Eddy) Israel of the Netherlands plus three nephews and a niece. A Celebration of Life was held Saturday June 2nd at St. Andrew’s-Newton Presbyterian Church, 7147 124th St Surrey B.C., at 11am followed by a reception.


KEMPTON, Leonard “Avery”

Age 76, of Halifax, passed away on August 15, 2014, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s. Avery was a son of the late Alice and Clayton Kempton. He was ordained as a United Church of Canada minister in 1961. Later, he completed studies for a Doctor of Ministry degree in Psychology and Pastoral Care from Andover-Newton Theological School in Boston. Clinical Pastoral Education became his specialty. For many years, Avery was pastor, counselor, and educator as a United Church Chaplain in the hospital and university settings in Halifax. He also served pastoral charges in the areas of Inverness, Tantallon, and Marion Bridge. He enjoyed times with his family, basketball, running and spending time “out on the Mira”. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; his children, Alan, Karyn, Allison and son-in-law, Daniel Organ; his grandchildren, Mark, Laura, Grant, and Brayden as well as his sister Betry Powell, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings, Daisy Kempton, Gloria Bryan, Anne Lowe, Frances Harding, and Robert Kempton. At Avery’s request, there will be no funeral. Special thank you to close friends, Dr. Adrienne Watson, homecare workers, VON, and the Palliative Care Unit at the VG Site, QEII.


KLEINER, Christiane

Christiane was born August 20, 1961 in Germany and passed away September 8, 2010, in Vancouver, B.C. Christiane followed in her father’s footsteps. While serving a Lutheran parish in Germany, Christiane took a sabbatical in the early 1990’s to participate in a CPE residency program in Chicago. She followed this up a few years later by doing another residency with Glen Horst in Winnipeg. Christiane stayed in Winnipeg following her residency and became a chaplain at Deer Lodge Centre in 2002. Christiane proved to be a gifted chaplain with a special passion for providing effective spiritual care to elders. In 2005, as Christiane and her partner were relocating to Vancouver, she was diagnosed with cancer. After successful treatment, Christiane became the chaplain at Banfield Pavilion, and extended care facility in Vancouver, and began completing her certification materials. Christiane left that position at the end of 2007 when her cancer returned. At the 2008 annual Conference in Victoria, B.C. Christiane was granted status as an Honorary Specialist in Pastoral Care by the CAPPE Board of Directors. Christiane is survived by her partner Dr. Eleanor Stebner.


KING, Carol  1943-1998
On December 18, 1998, Carol King died at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer eleven months earlier.
Carol was daughter of the late Margaret McGovern and Harry King. She is survived by her sister, Margaret and husband, and her nieces and nephews.
For thirty-five years, Carol was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton. Her life was devoted to serving people in the ministry of Health Care. She began her ministry as a Respirology Technologist, and later became actively involved in the ministry of Pastoral Care, first as Director of Pastoral Care at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton, and then, as a member of the Pastoral Care team at St. Michael’s, Toronto.
Carol cared deeply for people, be they her patients, her own family, or her many friends. Frequently, patients and families would return to thank her, a year or more after receiving her faithful care during a medical crisis. She was a good friend to many people, expressing her love in practical actions and thoughtful remembering of others’ hopes and concerns. Even after becoming ill herself, she still had room in her heart to reach out to help.
As a member of CAPPE, she diligently worked on a variety of committees, and participated in accreditation reviews, asking thoughtful questions to invite insight.
Though Carol worked hard, she also took time to care for herself. She loved to cook and bake. She regularly went for a swim on her way home from work, or met a friend to see a movie. She loved the beauty of nature, experienced with friends at her community’s summer place in Muskoka.
Carol was a woman of prayer. Her relationship with God nourished her when she was well, and grounded her during her illness. When she could no longer concentrate to pray, her sisters and friends prayed aloud and did rituals of healing in her presence.
As a chaplain, Carol often worked with people who were dying. When she knew that she was dying, she used that earlier ministry experience to inform her living at this point in time. She spoke with friends openly about what was happening, often holding the Kleenex box out to the other. She had visits with friends from near and far, and consciously said her good-byes. When death finally came, it was welcome, as Carol had completed her life as well as she could, and was ready to let go into the new life she awaited. We, her friends, still miss her.


LEACH, William

THE REV. WILLIAM G. LEACH Bill died peacefully on May 2, 2014 in his eighty-eighth year. He was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Bill is survived by his wife Virginia (Beatty), his three Irish nieces Barbara, Daphne, and June; his brother- in-law Geoffrey Beatty of Richmond Hill and family; Veronica and Douglas Little of North Carolina; and many friends throughout the world. He is predeceased by his sister Betty Bradbury of Wales and his brother Derick of Dublin, Ireland. Bill began his ministry preaching in the streets of Dublin in the 1940s. In 1947 he arrived in Canada to study for ordination in the Anglican Church. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Wycliffe College and Boston University. In 1955 he married Virginia and was posted to serve as Chaplain to the Grove School for Boys in Lakefield. Later, he moved to Boston where he studied in the field of pastoral psychology, doing his clinical work in eight hospitals, including six psychiatric institutions after which, at the request of Bishop Lawrence, he was appointed to the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital as Director of Chaplaincy Services. In 1982 Bill returned to Toronto to head the Chaplaincy Services of Toronto General Hospital. While in Boston, Bill served as the Summer Preacher in the Cathedral of Christ Church and along the way preached in other cathedrals in Bermuda and New York and led evangelical preaching missions in the United States and Canada. He was a Pastoral Counsellor, served on Ethics Committees for the Protection of Human Subjects and taught Medical Ethics. Bill’s 48 trophies from various sports are testament to a remarkable all-round and lifelong athlete. Most memorable were the five championship soccer teams on which he played with the University of Toronto and two victories at the Bermuda Open Invitational (handicap) Tournament for golf. Bill’s final years were spent between Toronto and Pittsfield, Vermont, where he and Virginia focused their energies on the establishment of the Beatty Ryckman Trust, dedicated to equipping and training clergy for self-knowledge and personal wellness. The family is grateful for the support of the Palliative Care team at the Credit Valley Hospital as well as the staff of St. Elizabeth Health Care. Bill was beloved as a raconteur with a vivid sense of humour, a charismatic teacher, a poet and friend. Friends and family will gather for a Memorial Service to be held in the Chapel of Wycliffe College at 5 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, on Tuesday, May 27th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bursary Fund of Wycliffe College.



JOHN WILLIAM LENSHYN John William Lenshyn, 61, passed away early Friday morning, October 4, 2013, in the loving presence of family after a short and courageous battle with brain cancer. John leaves to mourn his loving wife Kathleen, sons Christopher (Katrina) and John Paul, daughter Tatiana, grandchildren Asher and Deklan, father John Lenshyn, sisters Kathleen and Judy, nephews, nieces, and many friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by his beautiful mother Anna Lenshyn. Contemplative, mystic, Jesus radical, John was a servant of people. Born in Hamilton Ontario, John ventured through life with joy, vigour and a keen awareness of the deeper meanings in life. He loved his wife, and children dearly. A high school graduate from Welland High and Vocational School in Welland, Ontario, John held a Sociology degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters of Divinity from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart Indiana, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Providence College and Seminary. A pastor for many years, a spiritual care facilitator for many more years, and a registrar for a few, John served people with his love, brilliance, deep empathy and sense of humour. His contribution to the field of and advocacy for the spiritual care for the sick, aging and dying is significant and defined his later years. He loved the Wolverhampton Wanderers, 60’s music, the solitude of the outdoors and cats. He was a man with a deep seeded peace and is a current participant in the grand, divine communion.

John was the Coordinator of Spiritual Care and also Volunteer Coordinator at Fred Douglas Lodge in Winnipeg, a United Church long term care facility. He then became Director of Studies in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Winnipeg. John completed his D. Min on spiritual care of those living with dementia. I don’t know if he was ever a CASC member, but he was certainly very active with the Manitoba Association for Interfaith Pastoral Care when it existed.


MACGUIGAN, Elliot  1905 1985

Fr. Elliott MacGuigan was born in 1905, in Prince Edward Island. During his youth he trained as an Olympic Runner. In 1924 Elliott MacGuigan entered the Society of Jesus. After studying classics he proceeded to Weston, earning a Master of Arts degree in 1932. He later went on to earn doctorates in Canon Law and Moral Theology. In 1936, he was ordained to the priesthood.

In 1941 Fr. MacGuigan went to St. Pauls College, Winnipeg and assumed the post of Dean of Studies. Two years later he was asked to join the new faculty of theology at Regis College, a relationship that would endure for the next 33 years. He served as Dean from 1945-50, and as Rector from 1950-56. From his earliest years in Toronto, Fr. MacGuigan made a special effort to extend his teaching ministry to women religious. In the 1960s he concerned himself with interfaith and ecumenical dialogue. He took a leading role in the creation of the Toronto School of Theology and its affiliation with the University of Toronto.In 1981, the classroom building at Regis College was named in his honour.

As a pioneer in the development of Clinical Pastoral Education he served on a number of CAPPE/ACPEP Boards including the National Accreditation and Certification Committee. He was important to CPE because he was a strong and supportive voice from the Roman Catholic perspective.He was a wise person and this helped Canadas fledgling CPE movement to avoid some early missteps.

Fr. J. Elliot MacGuigan died in 1985 at 80 years of age.


MACLACHLAN, Archibald  1907 – 1997

Archie was born in 1907 at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the third child of an itinerant Canadian factory worker who 5 years later moved with his family to Alberta to farm northeast of Calgary. In 1997 Archie died in his 90th year in Toronto.

The family were Baptists and throughout his life Archie remained faithful to his Baptist roots even though his denomination left him at times frustrated and disappointed. As a young person Archie saw himself becoming a medical missionary. After a year of normal school in Calgary, Archie taught for three years in one room rural schools in Alberta. In 1930 he enrolled in Brandon College, a Baptist College in Manitoba affiliated with McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. It was during his years at Brandon College that Archie completed summer student ministry placements in remote rural Alberta in which he tested a call to pastoral ministry (in his first and second summer ministries in Peace River country he rode horseback to complete pastoral calls and lived in a tent). His early experiences in ministry are wonderfully recalled in the context of love letters between Archie and Ruth while he was completing three summer student ministries in a book titled Ruth and Archie: Brandon and Brandon College 1932-34 edited by their daughter Joann MacLachlan and published in 2009. (ISBN 978-0-9813216-1-5)

Following graduation from Brandon College Archie and his wife Ruth who grew up in Brandon, graduated from Brandon College and married Archie in 1934 moved to Hamilton Ontario where in 1937 Archie completed his theology degree at McMaster University. After his ordination Archie, Ruth and their first child Joann moved to North Bay, Ontario, where Archie served for 4 years in pastoral ministry. During World War II Archie was a congregation minister for six years in Vancouver and it was here that two more children, Archibald James and Lachlan Wade were born.

During the war Archie was greatly distressed by the treatment of the Japanese in their displacement to internment camps, confiscation of their property and then the threat of their being returned to Japan after the war. The voicing of his outrage about this injustice did not endear him to his congregation or his denomination and after the war he decided it was time to move on. Archie enrolled in post-graduate study in psychology in Boston Massachusetts, in part to upgrade the pastoral counselling skills in which he felt pastorally weak, and in part to work his way through the pain arising from the reaction from his family and his denomination to his growing liberalism in theology and the distress he felt concerning the racist reactions within born again Christians toward the Japanese during the war.

In 1946 Archie left his family in Brandon so he could begin his studies at Andover-Newton Theological School and find employment in a congregation in the US that would enable him to support his family. With some additional financial support from his father-in-law, Ruth and the children were able to join him the next year in Penacook, New Hampshire where Archie was serving a congregation while commuting during the week to complete his studies. After graduating with a Masters of Sacred Theology degree from Andover-Newton, Archie entered doctoral studies in psychology at Harvard. This required additional financial support which his father refused so Archie was forced to settle for another Masters degree and returned to Canada with the vision of introducing the clinical model of pastoral education he had found so helpful during his studies.

Archie found pastoral employment in Toronto in 1950 where he began the long journey of inspiring interest, recruiting support and soliciting financial backing for the introduction of a clinical model of pastoral education. After two years in Toronto he accepted a full-time pastorate in Winnipeg and it was from here that he began a long distance commute each summer to Hamilton where, provided he raised his own funding, McMaster allowed him to conduct a pastoral education course under their name. He began the first course in the spring of 1952 in association with co- supervisor Rev. Jack Breckenridge whom he first met while resident in North Bay and who since that first meeting had also undertaken clinical training in the US. His daughter Joann comments, So a man who… did not really enjoy or do well studying, who preferred to be doing pastoral work, completed in under six years the requirements for two Masters degree; a man who liked comfort and order moved house five times … a man who was really rather shy went out and begged first from his parents to fund his studies, then from institutions to fund his dream of pastoral education in Canada.. Six years. Amazing! (from Ruth and Archie, page 368).

In 1955 Archie moved from Winnipeg to Hamilton Ontario where he became minister of Dundas Baptist Church and following that in 1960 Chaplain at the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital. Now he was able to concentrate more of his attention on the development of CPE in the Hamilton area and invest in the creation of a national organization. Together with other visionary religious leaders in Ontario, including Charles Fielding in Toronto, and in the Maritimes, Earle McKnight and Charles Taylor who also launched a SPE program in 1952, Archie set out to spread the transforming and empowering pastoral education dream elsewhere in Canada. Three national conferences were held in 1963, 1964 and 1965. These steps to organize a national body came to fruition in 1965 when 62 church leaders and educators from across Canada created a national association named The Canadian Council for Supervised Pastoral Education (CCSPE). This name was revised in 1974 to Canadian Association of Pastoral Education (CAPE). Archie was elected in 1965 as the first President of this organization. In his presidential letter to the membership Archie began: December 16, 1965 will become a very important date in the history of the church in Canada for on that date the Canadian Council for Supervised Pastoral Education was born after more than two years of gestation and many years of maturation, flirtation and married life. (reference Peter Tink`s 1975 D.Min. paper A History of the Supervised Education Movement in Canada and an Examination of Its Effect Upon the Pastoral Ministry page 129)

When he retired from Hamilton in 1972 at age 65 Archie took up the challenge of becoming the founding director of the Kingston Institute of Pastoral Care at Queen’s Theological College. Here he began the development of a multi-site pastoral education program in congregations, the psychiatric hospital, a federal prison and with a vision for eventual expansion into the general hospitals and the military. After his retirement from this position in 1978 he continued teaching CPE in the Toronto area.

Despite the long term effects of arsenic poisoning (including the loss of all body hair) that occurred during a summer student pastorate where he was boarding with a family who was deliberately poisoned by a disgruntled relative (arsenic laced porridge to start the day) and the onset of adult diabetes Archie was active well into his 80’s. He learned computer skills which he used to prepare a family genealogy as well as to carry on his prophetic ministry of confronting the principalities and powers within the church and government. An apology to and reparations for the Japanese in Canada for the injustices they suffered during World War II was a high priority. Financial sloppiness in Parliament and narrow self-interest on social matters also called forth reams of paper from his computer. (Ruth and Archie, page 368) Had Archie known about email it is interesting to ponder how much more fully the prophetic witness that did so much to bring comfort to the afflicted could have afflicted the comfortable!
Alongside Archie’s visionary pioneering leadership and extensive investment in the development of a national professional organization, CAPPE has the continuing blessing of his life by means of the legacy of $100,000 he included in his will for the CAPPE/ACPEP Foundation. Each year the proceeds from this legacy provide financial support to SPE students and to pastoral care and education researchers. And so it is that Archie continues to live on in our midst and to bless CAPPE with his generous self-giving spirit.

*This introduction to Archie is prepared by Don Misener with reference to biographical information from Ruth and Archie: Brandon and Brandon College 1932 -34 edited by Joann MacLachlan and published in 2009. Permission has been received from Joann MacLachlan to include this biographical background information and two quotes from the book.



Dale Roger MacTavish, 43 of Kentville died Tuesday in the Victoria General Hospital. Born in Lyttletown, N.B. he was the son of Glen and Bernetta (Travis) MacTavish. H was a member of the Kentville Baptist Church and was Chairman if the Accreditation and Certification Committee of the Canadian Association for Pastoral Education in Atlantic Canada. He was active in Mental Health Kings and had been chaplain of the Kings County Hospital, Waterville and Miller Hospital, Kentville.

He was a graduate of Acadia University School of Theology; was a graduate of Crozer Theological Seminary, Chester, Penn. with a M.Th. in pastoral care. He was chaplain supervisor certified by the Canadian Association for Pastoral Care. He is survived by his wife, the former Marie Ann Cone; one daughter, Tamara Lynn; three sons, Dale; Scott and Glen; two sisters, Jean and Roberta; three brothers Winston, Montague and William.


Malo, Lorraine Marie Therese  2013

Lorraine Marie Therese Malo, CSJ (formerly Sister Marie Antoine) died peacefully on June 18, 2013 in the 58th year of her religious life.
She is predeceased by her parents, Antonio Malo and Rose-Anna Croteau and by her sisters Gertrude and Madeleine and her brothers Marcel, Bert, Ron and Jim. She will be missed by her nieces and nephews and by the many colleagues with whom she ministered and her sisters in community.
Sister Lorraine entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1955. She taught school for twelve years in British Columbia, Orillia and Toronto, and then moved into pastoral ministry in parishes in Prince Rupert, B.C. and in Brampton, Ontario.
She next trained for and moved into hospital chaplaincy, and served for a total of thirteen years in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa.
In 1989, Sister Lorraine first went to Haiti and she spent a total of ten years there.
She ministered to sick and dying children and their families and opened a classroom in the hospital for the children which brought much joy to them.
She returned to Haiti after the earthquake, able to help because of her facility in the Creole language. In her last two years there, she helped severely handicapped children and their parents. She returned from Haiti in 2011.
Sister Lorraine’s wake will be held at the Sisters of St. Joseph’s residence at
2 O’Connor Drive, Toronto on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm with a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will take place at 2 O’Connor Drive on Friday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.


Mullen, William Edgar

MULLEN, Rev. Dr. William Edgar “”Ed”” January 18, 1920 – July 23, 2010 Edgar passed away peacefully on July 23, 2010 at the age of 90 in the loving company of his wife Katherine Thew (Kaye) and family members, following post-surgery complications. Ed will be missed tremendously by his family and his friends, those who provided his greatest joy. Ed’s entire life, both personal and career, was defined by his relationships with others. He was first, and foremost a “”people person””. His greatest celebrations were in the successes and achievements of others, his greatest happiness in the company of his family. A caring nature, unwavering faith, inquiring mind and an ability to communicate easily with others were Ed’s gifts – all wrapped in a wonderful sense of humour. Born in Bassano, Alberta to Thomas and Mary Mullen, Edgar grew up farming and ranching and attended school in the communities of Makepeace and Granta. He served with the armed forces from 1941 to 1946. He and Kaye married in 1942. Once discharged, he was received as a candidate for the ministry by Central United Church in Calgary. He graduated from the University of Alberta (BA) in 1950 and St. Stephen’s College (BD) in Edmonton in 1953. During these years he and Kaye served the summer student ministry at Paradise Valley, then on to Vegreville and St. Paul’s in Edmonton. In 1953 Ed attended Union Seminary at Columbia University in New York, graduating with a Masters Degree in Sacred Theology, while serving as assistant minister at the Church in the Highlands (Congregational) in White Plains, NY. Ordained in 1954, Ed and family returned to St. Paul’s in Edmonton for the building of a new church, followed four years later with a move to Calgary for the building of Woodcliff church. In 1962, he returned to his roots at Central United in Calgary as the founding director of the Pastoral Institute. His achievement and continuing educational pursuit were recognized by St. Stephen’s College with an honorary Doctor of Divinity for pioneer work in Pastoral Counselling. Enrolled in a distance education program through San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, after many years he graduated as a Doctor of the Science of Theology. In 1979 he moved with the Pastoral Institute to St. Paul’s, Calgary where he also served as minister until his retirement in 1985. It is not surprising that following “”retirement”” Ed returned to his career “”first love””, serving smaller churches where he could be close to all his parishioners. Over the next ten years he served as interim minister at Forest Lawn and Westminster United Churches in Calgary, and in Olds and Cremona. Throughout his ministry he participated fully in the governance of the United Church, serving on numerous presbytery, conference and national bodies. He was elected as President of Alberta and Northwest Conference for 1978 and, in 1982, was a candidate for Moderator of the United Church of Canada. In addition to his ministry roles and at various times Ed served as President of the Mental Health Associations in Edmonton and Calgary, and Calgary Inter-faith. In addition to his many other interesting adventures, Ed served as a consultant in the forming of the national New Democratic Party. Edgar is survived and lovingly remembered by Kaye, his wife and constant companion for over sixty-seven years; sons Steve (Ginny) and Paul (Jeanne); daughters Mary and Maggie (Randy Hval); sisters Verna (Bob) Armstrong, Rena Goring, and Dorothy Wall; grandsons Trent, Chris (Serena), Matt (Stacey) and Scott; granddaughters Natanya (Paula) and Christine (Mark); great-grandchildren Skyla, Nathan, Dylan, Saul, Ava Kaye, Jocelyn, Charlotte, special great-grandchild Jewelle; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Ed was predeceased by his brother Alvin and grandson Michael. A Memorial Service will be held at Scarboro United Church, 134 Scarboro Avenue S.W., Calgary, on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada or to the donor’s charity of choice. To email expressions of sympathy:, Subject heading: Ed Mullen. Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME and CEMETERY, 1605 – 100 Street S.E. (17 Avenue S.E. at Garden Road), Calgary, AB, T1X 0L4. Telephone: 403-272-5555.


MONK, Clifton  July 18, 2009

Rev. Clifton was involved in the Canadian Association of Pastoral Education (CAPE) in the late 1960’s when CAPE developed into a professional organization in Canada. From 1975 to June 1976 he served as president of CAPE. He also served two successive terms on the Accreditation and Certification Committee. Clif played a leading role in advocating in the early 1970’s for a Coordinator of Pastoral Care as well as CPE teaching supervisor at the Health Science Hospital in Winnipeg. He died on July 18, 2009 at the age of 91 years old.


ORR, Gerry

Jerry Orr was born December 10th, 1946 in Ottawa, Ontario. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Houghton College in Religion and Psychology in 1970 and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, in 1975. He was ordained by the Wesleyan Church and served as pastor to Wesleyan congregations in Powassan and Newington, Ontario and in Oak Park as well as Norridge, Illinois.

Jerry was a Certified Specialist in Pastoral Care and had been a member of CAPPE/ACPEP since 1988. He was also a Provisional Teaching Supervisor. Jerry began his clinical training in the United States. After he returned to Canada, he served as Director of Pastoral Care at Timmins and District Hospital for fifteen years. During that time he did more CPE Units and had Ted Poulter, Dirk Evans and Colin MacKinnon as mentors. From 1999 until the time of his death on February 3, 2005 he was Director of Pastoral Care at Huronia District Hospital in Midland, Ontario. In both Timmins and Midland Jerry offered extensive preparation for hospital visiting to lay people through Pastoral Visitor education programs. His colleagues noted that, as an administrator and provider of spiritual care, Jerry was deeply committed to excellence.

Jerry was a quiet and reflective man and was a great listener. His warmth, compassion and gentle wisdom were a great blessing to all who knew him. Jerry had an upstanding Christian character.
At the time of his death, his pastor and spiritual mentor described Jerry as post-denominational. He was so well-grounded in his own faith and faith tradition that he was able to be inclusive and respectful of people of all faiths and of those of no faith. He was very open to interfaith dialogue.

Another of his colleagues described him as one who had an understanding of people that was deeper than you could learn through any course. He had a deep love of peoples souls and could see beyond the hurt that was facing them.
Jerry loved the time he was able to spend at his cottage on Silver Lake near Kingston, Ontario. He had a canoe and loved to go out early in the morning, before the world woke up, to paddle alone and be renewed. This was a place where he found deep peace. As well, Jerry had a great gift for seeing the lighter side of things. He had a dry sense of humour and was notorious for his corny jokes.

Gerald (Jerry) Orr is survived by his wife Marilyn (Spearman), whom he married in 1970, and his children Tim and Kristina, and their families.

[Information sources: Pat Roberts, Bruce Musgrave, Teresa Marchildon, Glenn Robitaille, Elaine Nagy and Marilyn Orr]


OWSTON, Ron  Dec. 6, 1932 – Feb. 24, 1994

Ron was a graduate of Trinity College, University of Toronto, completing his B.A. in 1955, his L. Th. In 1958 and his S.T.B. in 1959. He was ordained as a deacon in 1957 in the Anglican Diocese of Toronto and priested in 1958.

As a priest, he served as assistant curate at St. John the Baptist, Norway, Toronto (57-60), rector of St. Christopher-on-the-Heights, Downsview (60-65), and rector of St. John the Baptist, Norway, Toronto (65-68).

Moving into the realm of pastoral counselling, Ron was a resident at the Toronto Institute of Human Relations, Toronto, (68-69), and then Director Training at TIHR (69-83). In 1982, he became the Executive Director of the Hamilton Pastoral Counselling Centre and was licensed, since 1984, as the honorary assistant at All Saints Church, Hamilton.

During his years as a pastoral counsellor, Ron was an active member of CCSPE (later CAPE, later CAPPE), serving in many capacities including chair of the Standards Commission. He was active in other related organizations, including The Bereaved Families on Ontario. He also gave many workshops and presentations, not only in the local community but also at national gatherings.

On Monday, Feb. 28th, 1994, at All Saints Anglican Church in Hamilton, a funeral liturgy was held. Ron’s friend and colleague, Don Gillies, spoke of the character of the man and of the impact that he had on so many lives. He also reminded the gathering that Ron was, deeply and unmistakably, an Anglican – a proud and dedicated priest of the church, a man of faith and hope.

In addition, he was an effective administrator, an eloquent spokesperson for the school of psychotherapy known as Transactional Analysis (a man whose “natural child” was never far from the surface!), a skilled teacher, a delightful humorist, a lover of music of all kinds (and a competent pianist himself), a wise and insightful colleague and friend, a lover of language, and, above all, a devoted father to his two girls.

Ron was proud of his stint in the navy reserve and he loved his cottage on Lake St. Peter. He loved good company, good food and classy service, and he was a graceful presence on the dance floor. In addition, he was an amateur astronomer and a photographer of some skill.

Ron had one sister, Barbara, and was the devoted father of two daughters, Sandra and Marilyn.



Hal was born July 23, 1947 in Ponoka. He was of Norwegian descent, his father having come to Canada as a boy of 9 yrs. He has one older sister Fern, and two younger brothers, Glen and John. He was raised as a Protestant in the Lutheran church and remained with this faith group all his life. He received his BA Ed degree Oct 13, 1967 from the University of Saskatchewan, and got his diploma for heavy duty mechanics in 1968 at SAIT. In the early 1970s he worked the family cattle farm in Ponoka. He attended Lutheran Seminary in SASK and received his M.Div on May 12, 1978 and was Ordained in Swift Current that same year. His first parish call was to St. Ansgar Lutheran church in London Ontario, which he held for five years. He started in the CPE Residency program at the University Hospital in London, Ont. in Sept of 1983 and graduated from it in June of 1985. In Jan of 1991 he received his certification as Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education. Hal supervised many students in London, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta, with wisdom, insight, respect, knowledge, sensitivity and passion. He also served on many CAPPE committees: Advanced, Specialist, Provisional, Teaching Supervisor, Site Accreditation with the same qualities being part of his reflections. After many CPE and PCEclasses he got his Specialist in Pastoral Counselling Ed in Feb of 1996. In Nov of 1998 he received a Letter of Call to Peace Lutheran church Leduc AB and filled that position for one year. In the fall of 1999 he became the Chaplain and Pastoral Educator at the Rosehaven facility in Camrose and remained there until his death in March14, 2003. Just before his death he received a five year Site Visit Accreditation in Feb 2003.

He married Sandra Sayer on Aug 11, 1976, and had three children, Siri, Kim, and Mikkel. He married Patricia Lodberg on June 14, 1997 and acquired three step children, Jamie, Laura, & Angela.

Hal was a practical, low key, no-fuss person with a profound depth and awareness. He knew the meaning of grief and inner growth. Hal was a man of faith living with a reverence for life, respect for others, and respect for the earth. His garden gave him much pleasure, as did riding his bike with friends or 150 km MS Bike Tour. He was a strong advocate for justice and environmental issues. He continues to be missed as a teacher, mentor, and friend. Adele Roy

In all the capacities I knew Hal he was always the same — gentle, confident, and inclusive. We co-facilitated a support group for men with violent behaviour. The whole time Hal used the words us, we, and ours when speaking with the group. It was never “your violent behaviour” or “your anger.” Hal was inclusive and by doing so included us all in the struggles we have. The guys picked up on this. On the final day one man commented how non-judged he felt which influenced him to be as honest as he could. To be with Hal and his natural inclusivity was a healing encounter every time. He will be missed. His healing ways, however, will live on as we continue to exercise what we learned from Hal. Carmen Person

I have a picture of Hal on the bulletin board beside my desk — actually a picture of the 1984-85 residents in the Pastoral Counselling Education Program of the Pastoral Institute of Edmonton. All of the men in the picture had a lot more hair back then than we do now. Hal cared for our clients and learned a great deal about being a pastoral counsellor as he engaged in, and reflected on, that ministry and as he explored the pastoral counselling literature. Over the years, we have spent significant time together in differing roles, most recently when I was part of the Accreditation Site Visit Team at Bethany Care Centre in Camrose (and was very proud of the work Hal had done to develop the CPE program there). Most of all, however, those contacts in varying CAPPE/ACPEP roles gave me the opportunity to grow in my appreciation of Hal as a wise and caring person. John C. Carr

Hal was the teaching supervisor of my first two basic units of CPE more than fifteen years ago. Later he was a friend that I met for coffee and cycled with on occasion. Hal died from stomach cancer on March 14, 2003. I remember how astonishingly painful it was for me to see his bicycle helmet on the table at the reception following his funeral. In the years since, I have had fleeting thoughts of Hal, but they are good and warm thoughts of a quiet and unassuming man with a twinkle in his eye and a great sense of humour; a patient and soft spoken supervisor who spoke the truth in love but whose fierce gentleness could make you quiver in your boots; a man who was unafraid to show his emotions or articulate them; a loyal friend; a man who loved his children passionately. Yesterday I ran into a male friend of Hals who said, I still miss him. Many people still miss Hal, I suspect. In an article for the ARCAPPE newsletter in April 2003, I wrote that in spite of the fact that the major part of my studies and work was in bereavement, I learned a lot about grief during the week of March 14, 2003. Looking around at all the people at Hals funeral, I had been struck by the fact that each of us was there because we had a relationship, with Hal. However, the stories of each of our lives entangled with the stories of his life in many different ways. I was made aware of the loneliness and sense of isolation that comes with that. Not only do no two people grieve alike, but no one, I felt, could know or understand how bereft I was. The student-supervisor relationship would fit into what many grief experts categorize as disenfranchised grief. How recognized and acknowledged is the grief of a friend for a friend?

A vivid memory I have is my first “aha” moment about what it is to be a chaplain. I visited a woman who had just recently received the prognosis that she had approximately 6 months to live. She began to tell me the story of her life and the many losses she had already endured, including the death of her only son. I was very moved by her story. As I sat on the edge of her bed I cried my own tears with her. I was rather embarrassed to tell Hal during supervision that I had done this. I thought at the time that it wasn’t very professional to cry on the job! I also mentioned to him that I thought it was sad that this woman had said that, considering all the bad things that had happened in her life, she didn’t know if there was a God. “Oh, she knows God,” Hal said. Confused at first, and wondering how he could know that this woman knew God, I asked, “Do you know this woman?” “No,” he said. “But I do know that God was sitting on the bed beside her and crying with her.” I was awestruck. That was my first realization that as a chaplain others could know the love and compassion of God through me.

I remember how Hal loved Ted Loders book of prayers called Guerrillas of Grace. Certainly Jesus was the preeminent guerrilla of grace, writes Loder. He confronted repressive institutions and liberated captive minds and hearts with his words and life. These words capture beautifully my memories and image of Hal Paulson. He, too, was a guerrilla of grace, certainly a human being who will never be forgotten. Janet Greidanus

PILLISCH, Thomas Joseph

On Monday, December 14th, 2009, Deacon Thomas Joseph Pillisch died peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer at the Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, ON.

Tom Pillisch was a chaplain for 17 years at the Toronto West Detention Centre of Rexdale, Etobicoke, northwest of Toronto, ON. With a designed capacity for 631 prisoners, the Toronto West Detention Centre houses adult males who have been remanded into custody while awaiting trial or sentencing, are serving short sentences, or are awaiting transfer to federal or provincial correctional facilities. Deacon Tom’s ministry was welcomed and important to this setting.

Tom was ordained to the Permanent Deaconate within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto on May 27, 1978 and was active in this ministry until the time of his death. He served in St. Benedict’s Church and St. Andrew’s Church, Etobicoke, ON. He was a proud sponsor of 8 children and found sponsors for over 3,200 other children with Chalice, a ministry within the Catholic community that describes its mission being “to create and nurture caring relationships of life and love wherever we serve” around the world as well as in local cities and communities of Canada.

Thomas Joseph Pillisch was the beloved husband of Elizabeth. Together they were in their 50th year of marriage at the time of Thomas’ death. Their children are Brigitte (and her husband Mark Blair), Tom (and his wife Mary), and Paul (and his wife Paula). Tom was a loving “papa” of Ashlyn, Kaylee, Mitchell, Cameron and Lauren.

Information sources: Rev. Jan Kraus, Manager Spiritual Care, Bridgepoint Health, Toronto, ON and


Myrta Rivera made Waterloo Region a more caring and compassionate community.

And she did it in a gentle, persuasive way – the “Myrta way.”

“When Myrta spoke, you listened,” said Waterloo Regional Police Chief Matt Torigian.

“Myrta was consistent in applying the human perspective to every issue. She was the most empathetic person on the board,” said Torigian, referring to Rivera’s two stints – about eight years – on the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board.

Rivera, 68, died Monday morning after battling cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and earlier this year the cancer metastasized to the bones.

It was her empathetic nature that drew her to work with immigrants and be their voice. Born in Puerto Rico, she knew what it was like to speak English differently than those born in Canada. She understood the plight of immigrants coming to a new homeland and put herself in their shoes.

“She was a firm believer in giving immigrants a chance,” said Lucia Harrison, executive director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, who worked with Rivera for 20-plus years.

“She knew what it was like to feel conflicted with your own identity. She put her empathy into true practice,” said Harrison, who was overcome with emotion during an interview.

Rivera hired Harrison and she would take over the job that Rivera had held for 18 years. Rivera left the multicultural centre in 2007 and went on to train as a chaplain, becoming a chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener.

“I think the thing that struck me the most was how open and welcoming she was,”said Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy, a close friend of Rivera and her husband, David Cooke, a former Liberal MPP for the riding of Kitchener Centre.

“She always put you at ease.”

Cooke suffered a serious spinal cord injury in a fall at home last week. He was expected to be transferred to a Hamilton hospital on Monday.

Milloy described Rivera as a gifted storyteller with a knack for connecting with people and bringing diverse groups together.

While at the multicultural centre, Rivera was credited with finding it a new home while creating a relationship with Wilfrid Laurier University, raising awareness on domestic violence and advocating for trained interpreters.

“I think she helped us understand and accept newcomers, and, I think, understand ourselves,” Milloy said.

Casey Cruickshank, director of the Waterloo Region Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre at St. Mary’s Hospital, said Rivera was instrumental in training staff at the centre on what it was like to be a newcomer to the region.

“She would get people to feel what it was like to come to Canada and not speak English and not know where to get help,” she said.

“She was the go-to person,”said Cruickshank. “She was a positive thinking person who always knew what was missing.”

Along with her patience and listening skills, Rivera commanded respect. She was modest by nature, but her long legacy of advocacy in the community led many to seek her out.

She was executive director for Focus for Ethnic Women, served as a board member of KW Counselling Services, sat on countless committees. She also taught at Conestoga College and the University of Waterloo.

“Myrta was a quiet, but feisty person who was very intense about the things she did without being in your face,” said regional Chair Ken Seiling.

“She was just a lovely person who had a good feel for people, a good understanding of where people are at in their various journeys.”

Seiling described her as a good listener who wasn’t shy about giving her opinion in a gentle way.

Last November, Rivera was honoured by the organization she helped build. The humble Rivera initially shied away from the attention and reluctantly accepted the accolades at the equity and inclusion dinner put on by the multicultural centre

“I just made sure the toilets flushed and there were enough supplies,” she told The Record last year.

Rivera said becoming a chaplain was always a lifelong dream. In an interview in 2007, she described how the loss of her mother to tuberculosis at the age of five found her dealing with inconsolable grief on her own.

She recalled needing help from the adults in her life to deal with her grief, but they were paralyzed by theirs.

“I sat alone with no one to help me. I have always been affected by that,”said Rivera, who later wrote about her struggle with cancer and her resolve to live each day in a blog.

“It’s so important to tell someone going through a crisis that they will get through it and that they are not alone,” she said.

Rivera is survived by her husband, two adult children, Ioanna Sahas Martin and John Sahas and three grandchildren.


ROCHON, Verda  1925-2010

To those who met her and got to know her as the second Business Manager of our national Association, Verda Rochon was an important focal point of communication, humor, esprit de corps, and service within CAPPE/ACPEP. Hired in late 1977, Verda commenced her job on January 5, 1978. Initially, while her family was still young, she worked one or two days per week. The office was located at the Canadian Council of Churches suite at 40 St. Claire Ave E. Later, in 1986 when her husband’s job involved a transfer to Montreal, Verda moved the national office into her home. She served our Association for just over 17 years.

In her day-to-day activities Verda was a warm person who immediately made new people feel at home. It was a critical time in our history and she was the right person for the job. She organized the National Office and provided a quick and informed response to anyone calling for information. Being bilingual, Verda was able to help the organization present a personal presence in either French or English. This was especially important for Quebec and some other parts of the country where French was spoken. Early versions of the Standards were typed (using a typewriter!) and collated by Verda before being mailed across the country to Education Centres and Supervisors. Updates were issued on a regular basis. Lists of members were published annually. Membership fees were banked and receipts issued. When it came to national meetings, Verda was a nighthawk and when the Accreditation & Certification (A & C) meetings went on until 11:30 p.m., she was still around to get the reports ready for the next day by the time the Annual Meetings began.

Faith was important for Verda. She believed in the mission of CAPPE/ACPEP and her skills fit well with this mission. You might even say it was a union made in heaven! We needed someone like Verda to represent our Association at the National level and Verda needed a job she could believe in. CAPPE/ACPEP became a second family to her. She loved our parties and never missed a chance to dance. Verda was a high energy person who loved people. She served with a buoyancy and joie de vivre that was contagious, engaging and warmly welcoming.

In late November of 1994 the national office relocated to Toronto and a new chapter in CAPPE/ACPEP history began. Verda completed her many years with CAPPE/ACPEP in early 1995, and it was fitting that a distinguished service award be established in her name. Verda Rochon was its first recipient – in 1995 at the national Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

Verda (nee O’Connor) Rochon died on April 3rd, 2010, at the age of 85. She leaves her husband Paul and her four children, Elizabeth (Eric Dreyfuss), Paul (Jane Pearse), Verda, and Timm. She will also be dearly missed by her six grandchildren as well as by her many nieces and nephews.


SABARA, Michael

December 2, 1947 – June 4, 2011 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Rev. Michael Sabara. Rev. Sabara was the Pastor of Holy Ukrainian Catholic Church in Surrey and Holy Spirit Church in Chilliwack. He was the Chaplain at Burnaby Hospital and St. Michael’s Care Center and Hospice. He was involved with the CHABC and the Funeral Service Association of BC, taught at various schools and colleges and was involved with various Ukrainian Catholic Diocesan Church organizations. He is survived by his loving family, sister in law Betsey; nieces Holly, Rebecca, Pamela and Kelly and their families and many close friends. Predeceased by his parents John and Mary and brothers John and William.

Prayers will be offered at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at Holy Eucharist Cathedral, 501 4th Ave., New Westminster where the Funeral Divine Liturgy (Mass) will be celebrated on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Most Reverend Bishop Ken Nowakowski, celebrant along with Eparchial Clergy. Interment will take place on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Cemetery, Coldstream, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Eparchy of New Westminster, 502 5th Ave., New Westminster, BC V3L 1S2 would be appreciated. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

SANDERS, May  1941 – 2009

May Sanders was born June19th, 1941 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.She was the youngest of five children. May immigrated to Canada in1964 and later became a Canadian citizen. She went to the Centre for Christian Studies in Toronto to study for ministry in The United Church of Canada. It was during her education that she came out to Alberta as a student minister, to Ministik in 1971, and that she fell in love with the west. Following her commissioning as a Deaconess in 1972, she went to Summerlea in the Montreal/Ottawa Conference between 1972-1974. From there she went to Bridge Street United in Bellville, Ontario as Director of Christian Education from 1974-1975. May went to Kingston Institute of Pastoral Care in 1975-1978 and took Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training. She was Pastoral Associate at Calvary/Zion in Kingston, Bay of Quinte Conference 1975-1978. In 1978 May worked as Student Chaplain at Kingston Psychiatric Hospital until 1979. May got her Bachelor of Theology degree and was ordained from Queens University in 1979. She was then placed in the Denbigh-Matawatchan, Ontario pastorate from 1978-1980. May’s yearning for the west was granted to her by becoming one of the United Church Ministers at St. Albert United in Alberta. She stayed there until 1982 and then became part of the pastoral care team at the Edmonton General Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta until 1983. In 1983 May went to the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta and took a CPE course under the supervision of Rev. John Swift from1983-1984. She was certified a Specialist in Institutional Ministry in 1984. Following this she came back to the Edmonton General Hospital for a brief time and then became coordinator for Out-of-Town United Church visitors in the Edmonton hospitals. When this position was eliminated she became a member of the Pastoral Care Team at the University Hospital. While working at the University Hospital May started taking the steps toward certification as a Supervisor in CAPPE. Her supervisors were Rev. Hal Paulson and Rev. Donald Grey. May left the University Hospital in 2001when she was called to be the Minister at Milk River, New Dayton, and Coutts United Churches and served there until 2005. A diagnosis of cancer forced her to return to Edmonton, Alberta to receive treatments.

May held the following positions during her time of ministry in the United Church of Canada.
-Secretary Christian Development Division of Mission for Montreal Presbytery.
-Member of Christian Development Mission Bay of Quinte (North Region).
-Member of Education and Students Committee in the Division Ministry Personnel and Education Renfrew Presbytery.
-Member of Outreach Ministries for Edmonton Presbytery.
-Member of Pastoral Care Committee for Edmonton, Alta. Presbytery.
-Secretary of Pastoral Care Committee for Edmonton, Alta Presbytery.

May was an accomplished Highland Dancer. She danced for Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation celebration in Edinburgh, Scotland. She taught Highland dancing in Scotland and Canada and was granted her Judge Certificate, and judged dancing in Canada and the United States.

Her dancing skills led her to enjoying live theatre, especially musicals.

She was an avid reader.

Her favorite vacation spot was Jasper, Alberta, where she enjoyed the beauty of the mountains. This was made more enjoyable when she was able to take our little dogs along for the vacation. A highlight for May in 2006 was a cruise to the Panama Canal.

May died on September 9th, 2009 at the University of Alberta Hospital.



Schroeder, Rev. Stuart J. Died suddenly and peacefully on Friday morning June 20, 2008. Beloved father of Erika; father- in-law of Mike; grandfather of Ruby and Delilah; Fatherly guide to Rich and Boo; brother of Ted, Grant, and Mark; stepson of Alice; partner to Henriette Blom; and uncle to Aaron, Jake, Kayln, Jim, Dan, Molly, Michael, Annie and Andrew. Stu was a mentor and treasured friend, a chaplain and an advocate of those in need to the end. He will be greatly missed by many, and in many ways. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Multifaith Services and Supports, 76 Scarborough Heights Blvd., Scarborough, Ontario, MIM-2V4.



SR. JOYCE SINNETT, NDS (SR. MARIE LAVERNE) Was suddenly called to eternal life on August 25, 2013, after celebrating her Golden Jubilee as a religious of Our Lady of Sion with her family and her community at Queen’s House of Retreats in Saskatoon, SK. Joyce was born in Sinnett, SK; one of five children to Jim and Mary Sinnett. She attended elementary school at Manresa and grade 9 at Loyola, Joyce graduated from Sion Academy in Saskatoon. She entered the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion in 1961. Her professional education included Teachers College and studies at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1969 she went to Brazil as a member of the Saskatoon Mission Team working with the poor in Uniao dos Palmares, Alagoas. Returning in 1976, to Toronto, she continued her studies after which she worked as a chaplain in prison ministry, until she retired in 2004. Joyce brought many gifts to her community of Our Lady of Sion: including service in leadership, finances and formation ministry. Joyce was known for her love and loyalty to her Sion and Sinnett family. She is survived by her sisters Marie (Floyd Gibb, deceased), Gwen (Kevin Therres); brothers Dennis (Claudette) and Bill (Gail). She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated by Fr. Emile April in the chapel of Queen’s House of Retreats on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. The Rite of Christian Committal will follow immediately at Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon. Arrangements entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home.


STODDART, Carol Louise

Carol Louise Stoddart (nee Norquay) passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 24, 2014 after a sudden and brief illness. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 56 years Jarvis; son Matt and his wife Sue and grandchildren Joel and Kaitlin; daughter Julie and her husband John and their family Trevor, Tiffany and Tristan and their children; her devoted brother Ian and his wife Margaret and their children – Susan, Lawrence, Valerie and Heather, and many Stoddart and Norquay family members and dear friends. She was predeceased by her niece Sandra and nephew John.
The daughter of the late John and Clara Norquay of Manitoba, Carol was proud to be descended from Cree, Ojibway, Mohawk and European fur-trading families. Born in Edmonton on October 25, 1929, and raised in Winnipeg, Carol graduated from the University of Manitoba and worked for the Department of External Affairs in Ottawa and Athens, Greece. This began her life-long love of travel. After her marriage to Jarvis in 1957, they raised their children in Vancouver, Montreal, Japan and London, England. After settling in Toronto, late in life Carol returned to university and graduated from Trinity College with a M.Div. in 1995. She was very fulfilled by her job as a hospital chaplain. Carol and Jarvis travelled the world throughout their marriage, always having a big adventure with a long e-mail trail. Carol enjoyed nothing better than jumping on a bus to travel through Central or South America – particularly Brazil – with her well- worn backpack on her shoulders.
Carol loved her summers at the family cottage on Balsam Lake and her frequent trips to Manitoba and London, England to visit family. A piece of her heart will be left behind with them as she always returned from these visits with a happy smile and fond memories. Carol was a creative quilter and will be remembered through her many artistic creations that had a true personal touch. A collector of friends and life experiences, Carol will be remembered for her kind and warm spirit.


Stokoe, Rodney

The Reverend Doctor Rodney James Robert Stokoe passed away peacefully at Bobier Villa in Dutton on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Rodney is survived by his loving wife (Reverend Canon) Brenda Clark of St. Thomas; by his children Michael (Adele) Stokoe of Nova Scotia and their children Vicki Stokoe (Jim Giesinger), Jeff (Denise) Stokoe, Rawn Stokoe (Jeff Lynch); Gordon Stokoe (Jane Butler) of Ottawa and their children Joe and Willy; and Peter (Mitra) of Ottawa; and by his brother Eric (Noreen) Stokoe of England and their family. Predeceased by his brothers Kenneth and Austin Stokoe and his first wife Peggy (nee Strang). Rodney was born and grew up in County Durham, England, the eldest of four sons. Rodney’s studies for the ministry were interrupted by WW2. He entered nursing training and then served on a medical ship in the British Navy. After the war he continued his studies in theology and was ordained in Durham Cathedral. During that time he and Peggy married and began their family. After serving in parishes in Hartlepool, Edinburgh and Sunderland, Rodney and his family moved to Halifax where he became the professor of Pastoral Theology at the University of King’s College and later at Atlantic School of Theology. A distinctive mark of Rodney’s vocation was his part in the establishment of Clinical Pastoral Education and of the Institute of Pastoral Training in the Atlantic Region. Rodney retired in 1985 and received on Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Atlantic School of Theology. Upon his marriage to Brenda he moved to St. Thomas. A life-changing stroke meant his moving to Bobier Villa in Dutton in 2011.


TAYLOR, Charles  1917 – 2004

Rev. Dr. Charles J. Taylor passed away on June 10th, 2004 at the age of 86. He was one of our professional Association’s founders. Affectionately known as “Charlie” to all who knew him, Dr. Taylor was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, November 27, 1917. After working for the Canadian Bank of Commerce from 1937-1941 and serving in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1941-1946, Charlie was ordained a Baptist Minister and serviced the United Baptist Church, Canning, Nova Scotia from 1951-1953. On September 4, 1951 he married Charlotte Hazel Smith of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and together they had two children – David, born September 3, 1954 and Dawn, born December 12, 1957.

Academically, Charles Taylor acquired Bachelor of Arts (1951) and Bachelor of Divinity (1953) degrees from Acadia University. He then went to Andover Newton Theological School for a Sacred Theology Master degree (1957) and Doctor of Ministry (cum laude, 1975), followed by a Doctor of Divinity from Acadia University (1985). Charlie was Visiting Scholar, St. Edmund’s College Cambridge University from 1976-1977 and again in 1991 for the fall term. Professionally, Charlie was accredited as a Professional Hospital Chaplain with the American Protestant Hospital Association in 1954. Then he was accredited Chaplain Supervisor by The Institute of Pastoral Care Inc. in 1964. Finally, Charlie was accredited as a Teaching Supervisor within the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education in 1967

Dr. Taylor taught at Acadia Divinity College for an incredible 50 years. Initially he was Chaplain (1953-1962), Special Lecturer (1953-1955) and Lecturer (1955-1957). Then he became an Assistant Professor of Practical Theology (1957-1959), Associate Professor of Practical Theology (1959-1964), and Professor of Clinical Pastoral Education (1964-1983). From 1983 to 2003 he was Director of the Diploma in Prison Ministry program. Finally, he served as Visiting Professor of Clinical Pastoral Education (1983-1993) and Professor Emeritus, Clinical Pastoral Education (1993-2004).

Charlie Taylor was a pioneer and founder of Clinical Pastoral Education in Canada, beginning a unit in Atlantic Canada in the early 1950s after graduating from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Taylor was a moving force in the establishment of CAPPE/ACPEP and served the Association in various capacities throughout his career. In 1968 he was President, and in 1997 Charlie received the Verda Rochon Distinguished Service Award.

Perhaps Charlie’s greatest claim to fame was his prison ministry which he shared with his wife Charlotte. Charlie established innovative programs in the care of prisoners and Corrections Canada staff. His numerous publications reflected his interest in expressing the love of God to those in trouble in the criminal justice system.

Professional Initiatives, Leadership and Recognitions:

Gave leadership in establishing the Institute of Pastoral Training (IPT); was a Founding Member of the Canadian Association for Pastoral Education; Founding Member of the Church Council on Justice and Corrections; Founding Member and President of The Christian Council for Reconciliation; Prison ministry 1983-2003; The Taylor Award established by Correctional Service of Canada was named for Charles and Charlotte Taylor who were its first recipients in 2001; Charles Taylor received the Canadian Criminology and Corrections of Canada Certificate of Appreciation in 2001.


Only Love Heals (1978); Steps to Freedom (1979); Prayers for Tough Times (1980); Where There is Despair: Hope (1981); That They May Have Life: A Ministry with Prisoners (1984); More, Only Love Heals (1985); Theodrama with Prisoners (1987);

A Letter from Grandpa: Getting Out of Prison and Staying Out (1992); Counselling Prisoners Addicted to Crime (1994); The Call of the Beyond: Moments of Annunciation (2002); Translated and published in Chinese: “That They May Have Life”and “Theodrama”(2003).

Order of Canada citation:

“A caring and compassionate humanitarian, Charles Taylor has dedicated his life to serving those on the fringes of society. Professor emeritus at Acadia Divinity College, he pioneered clinical pastoral education in Canada, creating training programs for those who provide pastoral care in an institutional setting. Leading by example, he has volunteered for 40 years in federal penitentiaries. His ministry features innovative programs that provide prisoners with a forum for discussing and dealing with their social and spiritual issues. A model of ecumenism, he served as president of the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education and the Christian Council for Reconciliation.”

Charlie is remembered as a unique and special Christian leader. His devotion to inmates and prison ministry was his lifelong passion. He cared for prisoners and introduced many others to this care through his teaching, mentoring, and establishing of programs like the Kairos Marathons. He was a founder of Clinical Pastoral Education in Canada and established the first program in the prison setting. He was also instrumental in promoting ecumenism within the correctional system and academic arenas.

Charlie was a man of limitless energy until the last few years of his life. If you visited him he would enthusiastically tell you about his latest endeavors and projects. He communicated a genuine love for everyone he cared for or taught. He was one of the rare individuals who was welcomed, respected and loved by all who knew him.

Information provided by Rev. Gary Myatt and Rev. Dr. Chris Coffin, Atlantic College of Spiritual Care Providers (ACSCP).


TAYLOR, Howard  1928-2010

81, Kentville, died ‘peacefully on Saturday, May 8, 2010, In Valley Regional Hospital. Born May 13, 1928, the eldest son of the late Carl Ernst Taylor and Jessie Mae (Kidston). Survived by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn (Marshall);, sons, David (Sandra), Scotts Bay; Bruce (Brenda), Cole Harbour; Paul (Joyce), Lakeville; Wayne (Laurel), Kentville; daughter, Nancy, Ottawa; grandchildren Melissa, Matthew Benjamin, Jonathan, Stephen, Daniel, Nathan, Jessie Rachel and James; step grandchildren, Jay, Mark, Zach and Chelsea. He is also survived by his brother, Robert; five nieces and nephews; his cousin, Marjorie McKay and family. He attended Acadia University, BA (1956) as well as Acadia Divinity College, Master of Divinity (1957), having a number of student pastorates in the area. After language training in Portugal, Howard was a missionary in Angola, returning to Nova Scotia in 1961, and then studied Pastoral Clinical Training in Louisville, Ky. He returned to Canning in 1962, where he served as pastor to Canning, Pereau, and Blomidon. He went to Indianapolis Ind. where he was given a fellowshIp to study in the field of Chapiaincy. Moving back to Nova Scotia in 1967, he resided in Port Williams. Among his many accomplishments, Howard was appointed executive director of the Institute of Pastoral Training, was named National President for the Canadian Association of Pastoral Education for Hospital and Correctional Institutes, serving full time with the corrections facility in Springhill, working for Family and Children’s Services in Bridgewater, He served as the Director of Chaplaincy Services for New Brunswick and in 1981 became the chaplain of Kings County Rehabilitation Centre until his retirement in 1995. During most of these years he worked as an adiunct professor for Acadia Divinity College, His passion for painting was expressed in the original group of seven artists in Canning. Cremation has taken place under the direction of White Family Funeral Home, Kentville and there will be no visitation by family request. A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 in Wolfville United Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Barry Morrison officiating. Interment will take place in Willowbank Cemetery, Wolfville. The family extends sincere thanks to the staff of Valley Regional Hospital for their compassionate care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Baptist Ministries. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.


TAYLOR, Jim  1915-1995

Jim Taylor was born on a farm near Glenella, Manitoba on June 8, 1915. His father died when he was 4 months old, leaving it to his mother to run the hardware store. She remarried and the blended family moved to Winnipeg. His family attended, and was very active in, Knox Presbyterian Church, later Knox United Church. Jim was strongly influenced by a young men’s group of which he was a part for a number of years. Jim graduated from Kelvin High School and then took teacher training at Normal School. He had started school a year early and his young age was an obstacle to obtaining a teaching position so he attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a B.A.

On July 1, 1937 he married Phyllis Patterson and the newlyweds left immediately by boat up Lake Winnipeg to the native community of Poplar River where Jim was the teacher during the week and the minister on Sunday. He treasured many stories of Poplar River, one being the Sunday that he backed into the heater while wearing his black gown. One of the congregants informed him, “Mr. Taylor. Your dress is on fire!” It was during their time in Poplar River that their first child, Phyllis, was born. On their return to Winnipeg in 1940, Jim entered Theology at United College, a compressed program of two years rather than three because of the shortage of ministers during the war. He was ordained in 1942.

Jim served as Christian Education Secretary for Manitoba Conference, traveling the province in support of Sunday schools and youth groups. He also served congregations at Westminster United in Winnipeg and in Roblin Manitoba. He and Phyllis added two sons to their family, Jim Jr. and Jonathon.

Jim was then called to minister to Knox United Church in Trail, B.C. and later East Burnaby United Church in Burnaby, B.C. While he was at East Burnaby, he also served as President of B.C. Conference of the United Church.

The congregation of East Burnaby granted Jim a year’s sabbatical so that he could study counseling at the Menninger Institute in Topeka, Kansas. On his return to British Columbia, he continued to work under the supervision of Rev. Murray Thompson, forming a friendship that lasted the rest of their lives. Jim moved to Calgary where he was the Co-ordinator of Pastoral Care at Foothills Hospital. He taught CPE. “He was easily accessible, generous with his time and ability and greatly loved by all who knew him.” [Donald Gray] “Jim was a very iconoclastic supervisor; he used very unconventional methods of supervision…like taking his supervisory students to the golf course to reflect on the day”s work.” [Steve Overall] Other former students of Jim have mentioned large pots of corn chowder and soaking in the hot tub at his home in Port Moody.

Jim and Phyllis retired to the Coast in 1980 to be closer to their family. Sadly, Phyllis died in July of 1981. Jim continued to supervise as well as serving as chaplain of St. Michael’s Centre in Burnaby and offering his counseling skills at Como Lake United Church in Coquitlam. It was here that he met and married his second wife, Mary Jane Lucas, in 1982 and joyfully welcomed his fourth child, Robbie, in 1983. They traveled to India in 1984 where Jim did some teaching and assisted the Christian Counseling Centre in Vellore with their planning and lesson content. In 1986 they returned to India where Jim presented a paper at a peace gathering and then went on to Australia for an International Conference on Pastoral Care.

Jim’s ministry came full circle from native ministry in Poplar River in the 30`s to the native village of Ahousat in the early 90`s. He had told the people of Poplar River that he would come back `when he knew what he was doing`. He believed that his ministry to another native people would at least partially fulfill that promise.

Jim brought his passion, dedication and sense of humour to every aspect of his life: the Church, the CCF,NDP, CAPE, Dying with Dignity, the Friars Briar, Bridge, golf, and countless social-justice issues are but some of the areas that knew his energy and pioneering spirit. Jim`s name was frequently attached to all manner of new movements or institutions. For example, he fondly remembered a train trip to Toronto where he and Bob McLaren talked for hours fleshing out Bob`s dream which eventually became Naramata Centre. In 1966, he was granted the degree of Doctor of Divinity from United College in Winnipeg in recognition of his many innovative programs.

Even in his final illness, he was still actively working on presenting a public forum on Native Land Claims (and calling ministers to come to the hospital to get their marching orders) in order to present accurate information about this complicated justice issue. He died on November 16th, 1995.

He was President of our Association in 1973


TENNYSON, Lee Anne Mary  April 3, 1944 – March 14, 2012

Lee Anne Mary Tennyson United Church Hospital Chaplain joined her favorite horse Quincy in greener pastures when she died peacefully in the late evening of March 14 at her home. Just twelve days ago she had been told she had stage 4 lung cancer having never smoked a cigarette in her life. Lee was predeceased by her parents Doug and Vivian Ingram, brother in law Murray Barr and niece Christene Muth. She is survived by her life partner of 20 plus years Jennifer Denise Needham, sisters Lynda Tiveron and Louise Barr, nephews James, Russell and Charles plus their families, Nelson Sabine the brother she never had, the Needham family including Sasha, Marisa, Claire and her Circle the Wagons support group.

Lee had two passions in her life: a spiritual journey through chaplaincy and horses. Lee always approached life full bore and rarely feared challenges, in fact sought them out. Whether it was standing beside the bedside of patients living the last hours of their lives, providing the “right” words of comfort or riding the ridges of Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park on trails meant for antelope, Lee was up for the experience with her total self. Lee began her spiritual quest as a postulant with the Sisters of St. Joseph’s in Toronto for 10 years from 1964. Lee’s quest was reawakened following the death of her cherished Mother in 2000. Lee began working in Regina Hospital Chaplaincy through the Clinical Pastoral Education Program in 2003 and she became the United Church hospital chaplain in 2007. Just last year she became a designated Lay Minister. Lee’s ability to provide the right words at the right time never failed her and she remained a rock for many people through grief experiences. Lee’s horse passion really picked up in the 1990’s when she volunteered at the Double D Ranch tagging along on many trail rides with Margaret, Nelson and Warren Sabine. Her first horse Jester provided many challenges, pleasures and he became a metaphor for her life. For Lee’s 62nd birthday we bought a 1969 converted school bus which became our home on many trail rides.

Lee always enjoyed simple pleasures and was a glutton for more of anything she enjoyed like ice chips and hot showers in her last days or a splash of water on her face from a horse trough on a long trail ride.

In 2004 Lee and Denise started Two Spirit Country Care Home and while Lee pursued her chaplaincy career. Denise provided a home for seniors seeking a supportive later life country environment. More information on Lee’s life can be found on a tribute page at

On Saturday March 31, 2012 at 2 pm a service of remembrance for Lee will be conducted by Rev. Marjorie Kent at St. Andrew’s United Church Lumsden.
A trail ride in her honor will happen at a future date In the Big Valley Acres ending with a wiener roast and stories like the time Lee’s boot bottoms melted off at a campfire.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends wishing to do so may make a donation in Lee’s memory to Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Palliative Care Services (4F-4101 Dewdney Ave., Regina, SK, S4T 1A5 or call 306-766-2674)

Published in The Regina Leader-Post on March 17, 2012


THOMPSON, Murray  May 11, 1923 – February 1, 2009

Reverend Murray Thompson, 85, died peacefully at home in Langley, British Columbia on February 1st, 2009. He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Margaret (nee Bagrie). He is survived by sons David, Gregg, Paul, Blair, and daughter Susan.

Born in Ontario, Murray was raised and educated in Manitoba. Ordained in 1946 by the United Church of Canada, he spent twenty-two of his forty-four years of active ministry as a parish minister. He served churches in Manitoba and B.C.

He was a pioneer among clinically trained hospital chaplains in Canada, founding director of the Pastoral Institute of B.C., and one of the founders of the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education.

A memorial service was held at South Burnaby United Church, Burnaby B.C. on February 7th, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Ian MacDonald presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations were directed to the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education or the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada.

Information provided from Vancouver Sun obituary and the United Church Observer



It is with a sense of deep loss that we announce the passing of DENNIS MAYNARD VEINOTTE, 74, of New Minas, on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, with his family by his side, following a lengthy illness which he bore with great perseverance.

Born in Cross Roads, Country Harbour, he was the son of the late Maynard and Annie (Worth) Veinotte. Dennis is survived by his beloved family: his wife of 46 years, Constance “Connie”, New Minas; daughter, Lori-ann (Michael) Esser, Halifax; son, Paul (Nicole) Port Williams; brother, Clarence (the late Shirley) Ottawa; sister, Sandra (Sean) Phillips, Halifax and mother-in-law, Lauretta Barteaux, Wilmot; also, the pride of his life, his three grandchildren – Grace and Mason Veinotte and Luke Esser as well as a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his father-in-law, Alton Barteaux.

From an early age, Dennis felt the call to serve God in Christian ministry. He earned BA and BD (MDiv) degrees at Acadia University/Acadia Divinity College and served in a number of student pastorates before becoming ordained, in 1962, at the Gaspereau Baptist Church. He also ministered in Baptist churches in Kentville, Windsor, South-End Dartmouth, Lancaster, Saint John and most recently, Pereau. As well, in earlier years, he was active in committee work with the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches. While in Saint John, Dennis felt led to become Chaplain in the city’s hospitals. He later became Protestant Chaplain with Correctional Services Canada serving at the Springhill Institution. Continuing his studies, he earned the degrees M.Th at Acadia Divinity College and D.Min at Andover Newton Theological School, Boston, as well as accreditation with the Canadian Association of Pastoral Care and Education, now known as Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. With the latter, he was a certified teaching supervisor both in Pastoral Education and Pastoral Counselling. Dennis was a member of the NS Association of Counselling Therapists and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. In 1984, Dennis became head of the Department of Clinical Pastoral Education at Acadia Divinity College, a position he held until retirement. He succeeded Dr. Charles Taylor, who, as his mentor, had a profound influence on his life. Dennis was instrumental in establishing the Valley Pastoral Counselling Centre and served as director and counsellor until ill health intervened. Dennis gave strong and effective leadership and was well respected in each area of ministry he served but he excelled as a counsellor. In this role he generously gave of his time to help many people from all walks of life.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew his quiet unassuming nature, his wise counsel and his devotion to church and family. Dennis was a member of Port Williams United Baptist Church. The family is indebted to the staff of the Valley Regional Hospital, and, in particular, the Medical “A” Unit, for the compassionate care given to Dennis. Visitation will occur on Monday, March 19, 2012, from 2-4 and from 7-9 p.m. in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. A funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at Wolfville Baptist Church on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. A committal service will take place in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Middleton. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the McDormand/Veinotte Chair (Pastoral Care), in care of Acadia Divinity College, the Valley Cardiac Rehab Society, or a charity of choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville (


VINCELETTE, Andre OMI  1957 – 2014
Father Andre Vincelette, OMI passed away on January 14, 2014 at the Sturgeon Hospital, St. Albert, AB at the age of 56 years. He is survived by the members of his religious community, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate; by his brother, Jean-Paul (Joyce), nephew, Daniel and niece, Meghann; and by his extended family, as well as many friends and colleagues. Fr. Garry LaBoucane, OMI celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Albert Catholic Church, with Interment following at St. Albert Catholic Cemetery.

Andre was a member of CASC/ACSS, completing his basic and advanced CPE at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton. Andre also served within the Association as Co-Chair of the Alberta Region from 2003-2005 and as Regional Secretary from 2005-2006. He shared his beloved Francophone heritage with CASC/ACSS by serving as a translator at several national conferences. Andre continues to be missed by his CASC/ACSS friends and colleagues who accompanied him through his battles with multiple myeloma, and witnessed his loving hospitality and generosity to the very end of his short life.

Andre Vincelette worked at the large acute care complex known by the name University of Alberta Hospital, Stollery Children’s Hospital, and Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute from 1998 to 2013, first as the Roman Catholic priest chaplain appointed by the Edmonton Archdiocese and then as a Staff Chaplain. His was a fun and playful spirit, as attested to in words gathered from his work colleagues and compiled for a hospital memorial service by Rev. Paul Bergen, Manager, Spiritual Care and Cultural Services: Sucre Creme – cream, brown sugar, butter, heat, stirring, time, patience, precision. Our “Fr. Fudge” made sucre creme for us and for his units whenever the mood struck him. Using the recipe his mother taught him, he carefully and lovingly mixed, stirred and waited until his concoction was just so – one batch at a time -.then cut into 1 inch cubes and shared, usually with a hearty chuckle Andre loved to treat his friends, and he had many friends He loved to be with people; to help people; to hear the stories of their lives and bear witness to their courage and resilience He supported many through life transitions – weddings for hospital staff, not to mention baptisms and funerals of patients, staff and their family members. He was the presence of God to many in both joyous and tearful times and not a bad ambassador for his church, either! Andre loved that he could be the face and presence of his church to people who were hearing numerous less positive stories. Andre provided spiritual care to patients in intensive care, cardiology, surgery and trauma, transplant, and neurology. By the time his cancer forced him to retire from this work in 2013, he was known and greatly loved across pretty much the entire site.

Something many of Andre’s friends and colleagues witnessed was his sense of humour and fun- something of a prankster- using one April Fools Day as an opportunity to show up at work sporting a cast from toe to hip and eliciting the gentlest of kid gloves treatment the entire day – right up to the moment he said “April Fools” with a big grin on his face. Andre lived his life to the full, and with passion. Some have suggested petitioning for his sainthood and requesting that he be designated the “Saint of Shoppers”. From photography, to canoeing, to scuba diving, to SUVs, to remote control helicopters, to computers and smart phones, Andre had it all, enjoyed it all, and shared his joy as well as belongings freely with others. So while we miss him dearly, it is a blessing to remember how his family, religious community, friends, spiritual care colleagues, and those many he served over the years have been touched by his living spirit, companionship along the Road to Emmaus, enthusiasm for life, and the blessings of his love, laughter, caring and generous heart – and of course his sucre creme.


WILK, Stephen

Rev. Dr. Stephen William Wilk, beloved husband of Reta Wilk of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2006 at the age of 83 years.

Stephen was the second youngest of Eva and George Wilk’s seven children. He was a minister with the United Church of Canada since 1952. During WWII he served in Canada in the medical service of the Royal Canadian Navy. Stephen was also a Chaplain with the Royal Canadian Legion, Chaplehow Branch #284. In addition, he was a member of the Nose Creek Historic Society.

Besides his loving wife, Reta, Stephen is survived by a brother and sister-in-law Walter (Bud) and Dorothy Wilk of Winnipeg, MB; sister, Mary of Regina, SK; and numerous extended family.

Funeral Services were held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Chaplehow Branch #284, Calgary, Alberta on Saturday, November 18, 2006.
In living memory of Stephen Wilk, a tree was planted at Fletcher Park, Airdrie by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes.


WILSON, Nicholas   July 12, 1948 – December 6, 2005

Nicholas Wilson came to the ministry of Spiritual Care in his forties, after owning a successful gardening and horticultural business in England for twenty five years. He came to Canada in 1991 to pursue theological studies at Regent College in Vancouver. While at Regent, he met Margaret DeCasseres and they married in 1994. After receiving his Master of Divinity in 1995 and completing his Clinical Pastoral Education with Dale Johnson at Vancouver General Hospital, Nicholas was certified as a Specialist in Institutional Ministry by CAPPE. His denominational endorsement for ministry came from the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster.

Nicholas began his career in Spiritual Care at BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre on January 6, 1997. He was appointed a senior chaplain in May 2001 and accepted the position of Director of Spiritual Care later that year. Despite his change of position he energetically maintained his clinical ministry. During his nine year career at Children’s, Sunny Hill and Women’s, he served on the Ethics Committees of all three facilities, and also chaired the Perinatal Loss Committee at BC Women’s.

His pursuit of professional excellence in the practice of spiritual care was evident in the countless volunteer hours he put in as President of CAPPE-BC and member and Chair of the Professional Practice Commission of CAPPE. He was also a member of the Pediatric Chaplains Network.

The connection between growing plants and growing spiritual life was a guiding metaphor for Nicholas. One of his favourite quotes was this old Chinese proverb:

“If your vision is for a year… plant wheat.
If your vision is for ten years… plant trees.
If your vision is for a lifetime… plant people.” (Source unknown)

The following is taken from his colleague, Juliet Henderson-Rahbar’s nomination letter for Nicholas Wilson, for the Verda Rochon Distinguished Service Award 2008:

“While he produced no published works to prove his giftedness, skill and discipline in the art of spiritual care, his ministry was published in the hearts of the human beings he cared for… He cultivated hope and peace in the lives of tiny babes, children, teens, women in crisis, parents, grandparents and families, friends and staff alike.

When I remember Nicholas, I think of him as “The People’s Chaplain.” Much like the late Princess of Wales, he touched the lives of ordinary people with his humility and compassion. People, who would never have felt comfortable approaching a religious authority, felt comfortable opening up to Nicholas: women facing pregnancy termination, a staff person looking for a faith leader to officiate at the funeral of his same-sex partner, health care professionals facing the pain of their own medical errors, women carrying babies conceived as a result of work in the sex trade industry. These were just some of the people who came to Nicholas trusting that he would care for them rather than judge them. Nicholas often had piles of paper on his desk because he always put people before paperwork…

I will never forget the day that Nicholas trained me in making “foot molds” (plaster cast molds of the feet of babies who had died before birth, which became a memorial gift to the parents). With reverence he held the body of a tiny boy in his hands, and reminded him how much his parents loved him. He then went on to speak to the deceased child describing each step of the process as he made impressions of his tiny feet. Nicholas saw every human being as a precious gift, and made a work of art out of his ministry. His legacy to his fellow chaplains was his own example as chaplain, director, mentor and ‘soul gardener’.”

Nicholas died on December 6, 2005, following a brief illness, during a visit to England. He is survived by his loving family, spouse Margaret DeCasseres Wilson, brothers Guy and Ken Wilson and sister Rachel Samways. In April 2008, Nicholas Wilson was awarded posthumously, the Verda Rochon Award for Distinguished Service to CAPPE/ACPEP.

Submitted by Sheila Atkinson, with information drawn from the BC Children’s and BC Women’s