Ordination

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

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”

Day 13 – Return to Rome

Leaving Siena with some regret that we couldn’t stay longer we made our way through the Tuscan hills south to Rome.  We are now staying on the Vatican City side of the Tiber River, not far from St. Peter’s Basilica.  There was a papal audience today so there were more crowds than usual lining up to enter the basilica. 

Today, I thought I would share some photos of this ancient city.

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Day 12 – Siena – A Call to Action

We spent more time with St. Catherine of Siena today.

Catherine entered the lay order of Dominicans when she was 16 years old. Because she was in the lay order she could stay at home, rather than being cloistered. Catherine spent time in solitude and intense meditation.  She lived some of the time as an ascete, denying herself food and sleep. She had profound experiences of a relationship with Christ.  So much so that she believed that she was mystically betrothed to Jesus, receiving a ring that only she could see. So intense was her relationship with Jesus that later in life she experienced the stigmata. Again, only she could see the wounds.  

Pierro Dandini, Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine

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Day 10 – Clare and San Damiano

Clare was a contemporary of Francis and they, in fact, knew each other. She left her family with the help of Francis and donned the penitential clothes of poverty. Although she wished to join Francis and his brothers, it was not appropriate for her to do so and it was arranged that she should stay with a Benedictine order of sisters. The Benedictines were not poor enough for her so she left and founded a community at San Damiano, where we visited today. The community of women grew and were known as the poor ladies. Clare and Francis had agreed to keep vows of poverty and she had to fight the authorities to maintain the state of poverty that she desired. The pope approved her order only two days before her death. It was the first order of women to be approved. The order still exists as The Poor Clares. 

While in Assisi, we are staying in a former convent, which has a lovely little chapel. We celebrated eucharist and the theme for the reflection was to consider the many names for God.


After a lovely lunch at the convent we walked down the hill through an olive grove to the site of San Damiano. The was the place where Clare lived and died and where Francis received his call to rebuild the church.

The question for today is what do we draw from Francis and Clare in our lives today?