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The Venerable Hugh Hamilton retires (again!)

Posted: Dec 10, 2012


For the past sixteen years, Hugh Hamilton has worn the moniker ‘Archdeacon of Algoma’.  In 1996 Bishop Ferris appointed him to the position and he has served faithfully ever since as the Bishop’s administrative assistant in the Deanery of Algoma.  At the end of the year, he will hand off the responsibilities to The Reverend Peter Smyth.

A former railroad engineer, Hugh felt called to devote himself to the Church’s pastoral ministry in the late 1980s.  Ordained to the Diaconate in 1989 and then to the Priesthood the following year, he served the Parish of St Joseph and St George beginning in 1990.  Upon his retirement in 2006, he was made Archdeacon Emeritus.  But then, he took up his venerable duties afresh in 2007 as Incumbent of the Lake Superior Parish.  As of 1 January 2013, he will become Archdeacon Emeritus again, a title he will share with Father Bill Stadnyk.

Executive Archdeacon Harry Huskins has written of Hugh: ‘My friend has given exceptional Christian service to his deanery and his diocese.  He has served at every level, as parishioner, warden, parish priest, deanery and synod member, and, in the post from which he is now retiring, as Archdeacon.  His breadth and depth of experience in the life of Algoma over four decades has been a gift to all of us.  It has enabled him to bring practical wisdom to decisions that need to be made, and his counsel has always  demonstrated a deep commitment to Christ, humility and compassion, and common sense.’

Archdeacon Hamilton will be succeeded by The Reverend Peter Smyth.  Peter came to the Diocese of Algoma in 2002 in order to assume the incumbency of St Michael & All Angels in Thunder Bay.  Prior to that he had been serving in the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough.  Peter has a B.A. (Hons) in Religious Studies from the University of Wales and a B.A. in Theology from Trinity College Dublin.  He was made Deacon in 1998 and Priest in 1999.  In the Autumn of 2011 he became the Incumbent of Holy Trinity Church in Sault Ste Marie.  He and his wife, Liz, have two young boys, both born in Canada.  A service of Collation will be held on the Feast of the Epiphany, 6 January 2013, at Holy Trinity Church, Sault Ste Marie, 7 p.m.  All are welcome!

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