November 26, 2015

Welcome to the Cathedral Church of St. George

in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Rt. Rev. George Bruce

Interim Dean & Rector

             Plus ça change

It really does not seem as though it has been thirteen years since I sat behind the Desk in the Dean’s office in the cathedral. Over that time many things have changed. Dean Alex Hewitt ministered with us and to us for many years and is now retired in the diocese of Niagara. Dean Mary Irwin- Gibson spent six years labouring in the vineyard until she was called by God and the people of Montreal to be their chief shepherd and Archdeacon Michael Caswell has, not once but twice, fulfilled the duties of interim Priest-in-Charge. Moreover the demographic of the cathedral has changed significantly over those thirteen years as new groups have started amongst which are the children’s choir soon to be joined by the teen choir, and the centering prayer group to name only a few. That is as it should be, the church of God is a constantly growing and spreading new branches as it reaches out to more and more people. At the same time it is, in many respects, unchanging in its fundamental tenets - a creator God who seeks constantly to call a wayward people back into a right relationship, and who through the sacrifice of Jesus enables us to live as God would have us do and whose Spirit is always present to us and in us.
     So change and constancy are a part of our heritage and as we move forward together I am privileged to join with you once again until by God’s grace a new Dean is chosen and appointed.
     May I invite you all to offer prayers for our former Dean as she undertakes her Episcopal ministry in Montreal.