Bishop Barbara Andrews to Retire at the end of this year

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Affection and appreciation mark the retirement announcement of Bishop Barbara Andrews

Sunday, June 2, 2019 Quesnel, BC

Surrounded by delegates and guests gathered for the Assembly of the Territory of the People in Quesnel BC, and in the presence of the Primate, the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, accompanied by the Rt. Rev. Mary Irwin-Gibson, the Bishop of Montreal, Bishop Andrews announced her intention to retire Dec 31, 2019. By that time, she will have served as Bishop Suffragan for the Territory of the People for over ten years.

Hours before her announcement a policy to elect a Bishop was approved at the Assembly, which sets out a process which can immediately commence with the hope of an Electoral Assembly on September 28, 2019 and the seating of the next Bishop in early January 2020.

In her resignation speech, Bishop Andrews, said: “When I became Bishop Suffragan in 2009, I envisioned a different ministry, but found my role was to give leadership to a process of moving the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior from under the jurisdiction of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC & Yukon, to becoming once again an independent Anglican identity with all the rights and responsibilities of a diocese.”

Bishop Andrews sees this evolution as one more step along the journey to healing and reconciliation, and as a way to truly embrace the whole people of God in this area as suggested in the new name: Territory of the People. The name was given to the Territory by the Territory Pastoral Elders, the Indigenous Council and the Coordinating Council, to be inclusive of all people who walk together sharing the love of Creator God.

Seeing the need for the Territory to embrace new models of ministry, Bishop Andrews worked with a team to develop an understanding of collaborative ministry within the Territory and installed the first leadership team to oversee a parish church with locally trained priests, deacons and lay leaders.

Bishop Andrews added: “What I will miss most in retirement is the privilege of sharing in ministry with an outstanding team of clergy and laity who have been courageous in finding new ways to be God’s people in the Territory.”

Barbara Andrews grew up in Fort McMurray, Alberta in a Métis family of nine children. She recently obtained her Status as a member of the Enoch Cree Nation. She is the mother of David and Patricia who are the great joys in her life. She is a life-long learner who attended St John’s Theological College at the University of Manitoba. During a recent Sabbatical at the Chicago Theological Union, she worked with Dr. Robert Schreiter on reconciliation initiatives.

Ordained a Deacon (1997) and Priest (1998) in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land by Bishop Patrick Lee, Bishop Andrews was consecrated in 2009 by Archbishop John Privett to serve the once titled Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior. Elsewhere she has served in parish ministry, in an inner-city shared mission project, and as Executive Director of the Sorrento Centre.

She is deeply committed to the empowering of all people in their baptismal ministry. Her education and experience have taught her the healing power of a life of prayer, and the transforming and restorative power of God’s love, especially when the Christian community reaches out in acts of social justice and love to the most vulnerable of our society.



The Rt. Rev. Barbara Andrews

The Very Rev. Ken Gray

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Friendship Friday

Friendship Friday was awesome today.  In the church bulletin Claire described the guest speaker as “Famous Local People”… It most certainly was.

First of all it was determined that no one in the room was born in Kamloops… So everyone one of us had come from somewhere!!


We heard life stories from six amazing women.  Four had arrived in Canada via pier 14 or 21 in Halifax.

They were adventurous and brave…. With joy and tragedies in their lives.  The six life stories were of Fay Walton,  Miriam Baskin,  Ruth Popp,   Linda Jackson,  Grace Clapperton,  and Rae Long.

Friendship Friday will reconvene Friday, September 20th.


Today we celebrate Anne

Today the Cathedral and Territory Staff celebrated the 70th birthday of Anne Goodall. A long time parishioner, Anne sorts and folds our weekly bulletins and her bright laughter can be heard throughout the Cathedral.

We wish her many more happy years!

Anne birthday

The Territory needs your input!

Feedback, Checklist, Job, Gut, Satisfactory, Bad

This January Coordinating Council invited a group from across the Territory to form a Task Force to develop a draft Profile for the Territory of the People in preparation for the election of a new Bishop in the future.

We invite you to participate in providing input into the qualities desired for our next Bishop in the Territory of the People. All members of the Territory, clergy and lay, are invited to participate.

You can fill it out online at the link here


 The survey must be completed by the end of the day on Friday, May 17, 2019.

The Cathedral Spring Fling

When the Cathedral lets it’s hair down they have a GREAT time! The weekend the Cathedral held an event called “A Spring Fling”. This dinner was sold out! It featured a Fashion Show with Clothing from Blue Sky Clothing.

Our brave parishioners modeled some beautiful clothing and a great time was had by all


Photo Credit Ken Gray

Sun Peaks Ministry

Did you know you don’t have to leave the ski hill to go to church? In fact you can actually ski right up to the door of the church!!!

The Sun Peak’s ministry team continues to hold a prayer service for the skiing public each Sunday through the winter ski season (December to April).  We have been providing this service to Sun Peaks for the past Eighteen years.

The service is at 1pm in the chapel just behind the Sunburst Lodge Restaurant at the top of the hill.

Photo credit Claire T

Shrove Tuesday

Another successful Shrove Tuesday gathering in the books! A special thank you to Dwight Oatway, Jim Waldie and Ron Sugiyama for their hard work and excellent cooking skills. Thank you to Melissa Green as well for her inter generational craft (a hit for all ages).


Photos by Rae Long



Soul Friends

Another successful session of the Soul Friends Program has been completed.  As always the participants had a wonderful time. They laughed, they learned and they enjoyed.

photo credit Rae Long