Dr. Pauline Webb

Pauline Webb (1927-2017) died in London April 27th of this year. “Pauline” as she was fondly known here in Vancouver as well as around the world, led a remarkable and many-faceted life as a religious broadcaster for the BBC World Service, as champion for the ordination of women, as crusader against racism throughout the world in her leadership in the World Council of Churches. As vice-moderator of the WCC Central Committee, she preached the memorable opening sermon of the Sixth Assembly of the WCC in Vancouver in July 1983. Later that decade she would be Visiting Lecturer for a semester at VST. Continue reading “Dr. Pauline Webb”

50th Anniversary Party! (Oct 28)


Friday October 28, Gerald Hobbs will celebrate with friends 50 years of ordained ministry.

Drop in between 7:30 and 10:30 pm at VST Epiphany Chapel, 6030 Chancellor Blvd., Vancouver, BC.

There is limited parking; street parking is very tight, but the UBC Rose Garden parkade is nearby.

Light refreshments will be served; you may count on me for good wine.

Please, no gifts. Should you wish to do something, make a donation to a fund for Syrian refugee assistance in honour of the occasion.

RSVP: e-mail rgh@vst.edu

Remembering Helen Hobbs

Helen Gertrude Hobbs (née Short)
November 2, 1943 to May 6, 2016.

Helen died in peace in her seventy-third year, resident at the New Vista Care Home in Burnaby, BC.  For a number of years she had suffered diminishing physical capacity, and the mental erosion worked by dementia. Her end came surrounded by family, who wish to thank the staff of New Vista for their care of Helen these past two years. Continue reading “Remembering Helen Hobbs”

Italy Rediscovered

Easter Monday, Lynne and Gerald spent a week scouting for the May 2017 pilgrimage in Italy.

They revisited Ravenna, with its glorious churches whose ceilings and upper walls are covered with 6th C. mosaics, still in  brilliant colour, unfaded by the passing centuries with their invasions, wars and atmospheric pollution.

They drove across the Appenine mountains into Assisi with its vibrant memories of Saints Francis and Clare; they have been able to arrange to stay again at the convent of the Franciscan tertiaries, as in 2009. 

South of Rome, they drove up to the 1500-year-old monastery founded by the ascetic brother and sister Benedict and Scholastica; this will be a breath-taking addition to our 2017 pilgrimage. Despite the terrible battles fought there between Axis and Allied troups in 1944, the monastery is wonderfully evocative of the Benedictine life and spirituality.

In Rome they explored some new sites, and visited old scenes. An addition for 2017 will be the church of the Waldensians, Italy’s first Protestants, whose ancestors suffered terrible treatment as heretics in the Middle Ages and even beyond.

Hotel accommodation for all locations is being confirmed, and we expect to able to announce the May 2017 dates and full itinerary by June this year.

Remembering Jim Lawrence, Dick Splane

“Two of our pilgrims of years past have crossed the great river in the past couple of weeks.

In Winnipeg, Jim Lawrence, a beloved veteran with his wife Peggy on several pilgrimages from 2000 on, slipped away to join Peggy, who died last year.  His service was at Transcona United on Saturday, Nov  21st.

In Vancouver, Dick Splane (who travelled with his wife Verna in their early 90’s on the 2007 pilgrimage)  died peacefully just after his 99th birthday, joining Verna who died at 100 last autumn. The memorial service was at University Hill, Vancouver, on Nov 22nd, with Gerald and Jocelyn at the keyboards.”

Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine.



Two former pilgrims died this past three days.

Peggy Lawrence, wife of Jim, from Winnipeg, sister of Ralph Milton, veteran of several pilgrimages in earlier years, died of congestive heart failure on Sunday. Peggy had been increasingly debilitated, but refused till the last, to abandon her choir practices.

Jocelyn Urch of Vancouver, pilgrim on an earlier Irish pilgrimage, suffering from lymphoma, died in Vancouver yesterday (May 11th).

Both of these our friends were accompanied by friends and family in their final days.

Update from Gerald

Gerald will be in Cambridge, England at a conference in the week after Easter. From Monday April 13 to Friday April 17, he will be visiting sites in Amsterdam and Brugges, to visit the hotels and restaurants, and clear final details on the pilgrimage programme.

Registration for the 2015 Pilgrimage is coming along well. There are still a half-dozen places available. If you are interested you should contact Linda Lee as soon as possible.