Bishop Lynne, Jeff, Don

On Sunday June 7th Bishop Lynne ordained Jeff Seaton as a priest.

Jeff’s journey was in many ways a pilgrim’s journey. Jeff and his spouse Don travelled on pilgrimages with Lynne and Gerald in Ireland, Italy and France. Now those paths cross again.

The service was in COVID times, so far from normal. Everyone present wore a mask and many participated by video. The in-person part took place at All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon, BC. Jeff is serving as a curate at All Saints Anglican in Vernon.


Bishop Lynne

A wonderful ceremony for the Consecration and Installation of The Rev. Dr. Lynne McNaughton was held at Kelowna BC on May 16, 2019. The new Bishop of Kootenay, was surrounded by her friends, family, fellow pilgrims and many supportive members of the church. 

While the ceremony had all the majesty and grandeur of the traditional installation of a Bishop, to the careful pilgrims eye you would see the Celtic knots in the program, hear those evocative hymns we loved to sing and feel the psalms said or chanted on the journey.

Bishop Lynne enters this new path with her same old smile and grace. 

Bishop-Elect Lynne

Today Lynne McNaughton was elected Bishop for the Diocese of Kootenay! Jeff and Don Seaton (veterans of three pilgrimages) surprised Gerald and Lynne by joining them for a celebratory tea in downtown Kelowna. 

Lynne will be consecrated Bishop on May 16, 2019; until then she is Bishop-elect. The Anglican Diocese of Kootenay covers much of southeastern British Columbia, including the Okanagan and Columbia Valleys. 

Bishop-elect Lynne with Gerald and pilgrim friends

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.

Interview with Lynne about upcoming Celtic Practices!

Lynn Valley is home to nearly a dozen churches and congregations of various types. But in this age that is often described as “spiritual but not religious,” church leaders are increasingly being found outside their buildings, helping people of all backgrounds find the sacred in everyday life.

Lynne McNaughtonLynne McNaughton is the priest at St. Clement’s Anglican Church on Institute Road, and an avid learner and teacher of Celtic spirituality. Lynne, who has a doctorate in spirituality and has led  pilgrimages to several ancient Celtic sites in Europe, is looking forward to introducing interested locals to the tradition of Celtic practices that serve to inject an appreciation of  nature and holiness into the everyday tasks of living. Continue reading “Interview with Lynne about upcoming Celtic Practices!”

Teaching Mystics

This Spring term 2015, Lynne is teaching “Women Christian Mystics” at Vancouver School of Theology.  The course includes some key themes for the pilgrimage this summer on the Rhine River:  Hildegard of Bingen and several Beguines: Mechtild of Magdeburg, Hadewijch of Brabant,  Marguerite Porete, and their relationship to Meister Eckhart.