Our Diocese might be one of the most diverse in Canada for our land area covers all of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and the adjacent islands. Our territory stretches from Mile ‘0’ on the Trans-Canada Highway in Victoria, past St Andrew’s Cathedral, which was consecrated in 1892 and is deemed a national historic site, all the way to Port Alice in the North, the Pacific Rim to the West and to the Gulf Islands to the East.
Some of our churches have a parish priest of their own, some are under the care of an Administrator and some are mission churches. Travel to these communities often includes a boat trip, which can get quite rough at times.
Our chief shepherd, Bishop Gary Gordon, loves the wilderness (and fishing in his own boat) and he can be seen in every corner of the Diocese, together with his dog, Merlin, caring for his flock.
The current pandemic has led us to rediscover new ways of sharing and communication and we hope to feature ‘Our Church of Many Faces’ as a weekly story telling of life in one of our parishes. We will publish timely updates about what’s happening in our Diocese, share stories and announce initiatives from the Pastoral Centre such as courses, appeals, news from the schools and anything else that will help us stay connected.
As you may know, Bishop Gary has been in Tahsis during the summer, celebrating the sacraments, sharing the Gospel of Jesus, live streaming the Masses, and fishing (his favourite hobby) and writes:
The Salmon Enhancement Project is one of the highlights of the summer in Tahsis and was celebrated this past weekend (Aug. 28 -30). One of the little ways I can join with parishioners at St. Joseph’s Parish and contribute to the well-being of creation, is by helping out at the volunteer salmon hatchery. The hatchery supports the Nootka Sound watershed for the half dozen communities and the people who call this area home.
The first day of September is celebrated by the Christian family as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the beginning of the Season of Creation, which concludes on the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on the fourth of October. During this period, declared by Pope Francis as a ‘Jubilee for the Earth’, Christians worldwide renew their faith in the God of creation, join in prayer, and work for the care of our common home. This is a time chosen to celebrate our role as caretakers of God’s Creation and embrace the gifts we have been given.