It is with sadness that Bishop Stephen Andrews has accepted the resignation of the Venerable Peter Smyth as Incumbent of Holy Trinity Church, Sault Ste Marie, and as Archdeacon of the Deanery of Algoma, as of 31 August 2016. Archdeacon Peter leaves us to take up an appointment as Senior Chaplain of the Mission to Seafarers in the Port of Vancouver.
The Vancouver Port is the largest in Canada, with 2400 ships visiting each year. The Mission has a hundred-year presence there and serves ports in Delta and along the Fraser River. The Senior Chaplain ministers as part of an ecumenical team with 2 other ecumenical chaplains. His ministry will focus on visiting ships and their crew, and supporting them in the challenges they face, including being away from home for long periods, abuse, poor working conditions, no pay, suicide and piracy. The responsibilities will include fundraising and the supervision of both paid staff and volunteers.
Archdeacon 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. He 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 children.
Please pray for the Smyths and for Holy Trinity Church in the transition, and pray as well for the Mission to Seafarers, that God would equip the chaplains, other staff and volunteers, to respond effectively as ambassadors of Christ to the needs of the Seafarers who find shore in Vancouver.