Magazine article Anglican Journal

His Passion Spoke Volumes: Outspoken and Opinionated, Bishop Barry Valentine's Ministry Reflected 'The Quality of Openness'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

His Passion Spoke Volumes: Outspoken and Opinionated, Bishop Barry Valentine's Ministry Reflected 'The Quality of Openness'

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He was admired as much for being a resolute thinker and writer as he was for being a talented organist and choir director.

Bishop Barry Valentine, who served in the diocese of Rupert's Land from 1970 to 1982, died on Oct. 16 at the age of 82. In his 10th year as bishop in 1979, he told the Rupert's Land News that he counted among his most important achievements "... the quality of openness in our decision making, in our relationships, in our commitment and in our participation, which is of fundamental importance for our community and for our mission in ministry."

Born in Essex, England, Bishop Valentine received an honours degree in history and divinity at St. John's College in Cambridge, England in 1949. He received a licentiate in theology from the Montreal Diocesan Theological College in 1951, and a bachelor of divinity at McGill University in 1951. He later received a master's degree from St. John's, in Cambridge, and a doctor of divinity at St. John's College in Winnipeg.

Ordained a priest in Montreal in 1952, Bishop Valentine began his early ministry as incumbent of the parish in Beauharnois-Chateauguay, diocese of Montreal. He also served as director of religious education, as rector of St. Barnabas in Lambert, and as executive officer. In addition, he served the church on the national level--as a member of General Synod, a member of the National Executive Council (now the Council of General Synod) and as member of committees on long range planning, theological education, and ecumenical affairs.

A self-described "fanatic fan" of the Montreal Canadiens, Bishop Valentine had a lot of interest in sports. …

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