Magazine article Anglican Journal

Marking 70 Years as a Priest

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Marking 70 Years as a Priest

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Archdeacon Thomas Leadbeater, 92, celebrated the 70th anniversary of his ordination on March 23 by preaching at an Easter Sunday service at Pine Lake Anglican Church in Red Deer, Alta., an occasion that was attended by his family, friends, and the bishop of Calgary, Derek Hoskin.

"At my age it's not too bad. The congregation's just thrilled," chuckled Mr. Leadbeater when he told the Anglican Journal that he still officiates at services at the beautiful church overlooking the lake. The local paper, the Red Deer Advocate, wrote about Mr. Leadbeater's rare feat, saying the part-rime preacher "may well be the oldest Anglican reverend practising in Canada."

An inveterate letter-writer (he regularly submits letters to the editor to the local papers and to the Journal), Mr. Leadbeater served Holy Trinity Church in Edmonton for 23 years--from 1959, until his retirement following major surgery in 1981. He continued his ministry by serving in Edmonton's Veterans' Home, and as a member of the University of Alberta's senate. He and his wife, Betsy, moved to Red Deer three years ago to be near one of their sons, Graeme.

A native of England, Mr. Leadbeater arrived in Canada in 1934, at the age of 18, to study at St. Chad's Theological College in Regina. After his ordination in 1938, he was assigned to St. George's in Moose Jaw, Sask. He was later sent to All-Saints, Weybum, Sask.

In 1939, he was appointed subwarden at St. Chad's Theological College and for four years taught classes in Old Testament Scriptures; he also cared for five country churches around Regina. …

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