Magazine article Anglican Journal

Trust Will Aid Forces' Chaplains

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Trust Will Aid Forces' Chaplains

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As part of a continuing effort to increase support for Anglican military chaplains, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison has established a $50,000 Military Chaplaincy Pastoral Trust with part of the proceeds from his two recent fundraising dinners.

The most recent dinner, held last October, focused on youth and the church's work within the military. Before he was elected primate of the Anglican Church of Canada in 2004 Archbishop Hutchison served as Bishop Ordinary to the Canadian Forces, responsible for pastoral oversight of Anglican military chaplains.

Archbishop Hutchison and the current Bishop Ordinary, Peter Coffin of the diocese of Ottawa, are discussing how the fund will be used. "It would be a discretionary fund of the ordinariate chapter," a small group of senior military chaplains chaired by the bishop that meets two to three times per year, said Bishop Coffin. "Their next meeting is scheduled for May."

The Bishop Ordinary position carries an honorarium, but traditionally a bishop has filled the position in addition to his or her diocesan duties. Archbishop Hutchison has said it is his hope that the fund could grow to provide a salary for the Bishop Ordinary, at least on a part-time basis.

Bishop Coffin intends to continue as Bishop Ordinary after he retires from the diocese of Ottawa on July 31. The Anglican church has the second-highest number of chaplains in the Canadian Forces, after the Roman Catholic church--about 75 in the regular forces and reserves.

"I'd like to build the fund to pay for a half-time Bishop Ordinary. …

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