1. On Sunday, 8 August, the Reverend Beth Topps announced her resignation, for reasons of health, as the Incumbent of Western Manitoulin Parish, consisting of the churches of All Saints’, Gore Bay; St John the Evangelist, Kagawong; and St Peter, Silverwater. She has served the Parish of Western Manitoulin since her ordination in 2002. Her final service in the parish will take place on the Eve of All Saints’ 30 October.
Beth discerned her call to pastoral ministry while at St Brice’s Church in North Bay, subsequently leaving the teaching profession and training at Wycliffe College. She has been active in the Cursillo movement. We are grateful for her devoted service to the diocese and to the communities she has served. She expects to remain in the diocese and has expressed a desire to help out in the church, as she is able, in her retirement.
2. The Very Reverend Nelson Small has announced his retirement, effective 31 October. For the past three years he has been the Incumbent of The Cathedral Church of St Luke in Sault Ste Marie, and the Dean of the Diocese of Algoma. Ordained in 1987, Dean Small has worked in each of the three Newfoundland dioceses, having served parishes of Fogo Island, Petty Harbour, and St James the Apostle, Channel. In the Diocese of Western Newfoundland he served as Regional Dean for the Deanery of St George, as a member of the Diocesan Executive Committee, and Chair of the Diocesan Compensation Committee.
Dean Small and his wife Brenda came to the Parish of Trinity, Parry Sound, in 2001. The following year he was appointed Territorial Archdeacon of Muskoka. He has served as a member of the Diocesan Executive Committee since 2001, and as a member of the Diocesan Postulancy Committee since 2002. He was a Member of General Synod in June. Brenda has also been active in the life of the diocese, having served as Program Associate for Muskoka, and now as Church Secretary for the Cathedral.
With his wealth of experience, his administrative skills and love of liturgy, Nelson has served the Church with distinction in his capacity as Senior Priest of the Diocese. Our gratitude and prayers go with him and Brenda as they move into this time of transition.3. The bishop is pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Doug McClure as Assistant Curate of the parish of St. Thomas’, Thunder Bay. Doug transferred to the Diocese of Athabasca in 2007. He and his wife, Lesley, have just recently returned to Thunder Bay to enjoy their retirement. Prior to transferring to Athabasca, Doug was incumbent at St. Mary’s, Nipigon. We welcome Doug and Lesley back to Algoma and wish them well in their new partnership with St. Thomas’.
4. We are pleased to announce the birth of Anna Sarah Barbara Ross (7 lbs 12.5 oz) at 9:06 a.m. on Sunday, August 1, in Stratford. Her grandparents, the Ven. Hugh and Anna Hamilton and Cragg and Phyllis Ross (parishioners at St. John’s, New Liskeard) are thankful for her safe arrival. Mom, dad and baby Anna are all doing well. We extend our congratulations to the Hamilton/Ross families and welcome their new addition.
5. We are sorry to announce the death of Lyman McMahon on Monday, August 2 in Wawa. Lyman was the husband of Eunice McMahon who is known for her work with the native community. A funeral service was held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Wawa) with the Ven. Hugh Hamilton officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Lady Dunn Health Centre Long Term Care Programming. We extend our condolences to the McMahon family.