Dear friends at the Cathedral
Yesterday during the notices I announced that later this year Jonathan and I will be leaving Montreal and returning to the UK. I have been offered and have accepted the post of associate priest at St Andrew’s, Leytonstone in North East Central London. As some of you know my father died in March this year. My younger brother had been living with my father, and after some serious family discussions with my sister and with my brother about what is best for all of us, we decided that it would be best if Jonathan and I return to the UK and if my brother move into the vicarage to live with us. On another personal note it will of course be good to be near my own children who live in Oxford and Brighton and Jonathan’s family who live in Suffolk. Our last Sunday will be November 20th, when there will be a Cathedral farewell after the 10am service and a Diocesan farewell at the 4pm evensong.
Jonathan and I have been here for almost 6 years and have had a truly marvelous time both at the Cathedral and in Montreal. We have shared and learned together, given and received, grown and changed. You have helped us and journeyed with us as we have helped you and journeyed with you. The Cathedral is a remarkable community filled with wonderful people and I am pleased to see that it is in good heart, good health and good hands as it moves into future. The future will be challenging, – I think the future always is.
With Bishop Mary’s approval the Corporation has invited the revd Dr Donald Boisvert to serve as interim rector of the Cathedral, which he has accepted to do on a part-time basis. I am confident that under Donald’s leadership and with the strong and effective teams which are currently in place to support him you will be able to take forward the Cathedral’s plans for ministry, outreach, the search for a new dean and of course the appeal. The Cathedral is, and will always be, an exciting place to be and there is a sense that all of us – clergy and congregations alike – are just temporary runners in God’s long-term relay race. Bishop Mary is taking an active and supportive interest in this process and the wardens will let you know more about the search process in the next few weeks.
Please pray for Jonathan and for me, for the wardens and for the Cathedral, and also for the parish of St Andrew’s. And be assured when the time comes for us to move, you will all be welcome to visit us in the new vicarage.