Magazine article Anglican Journal

Archbishop Recalls Rewarding Ministry in Newfoundland

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Archbishop Recalls Rewarding Ministry in Newfoundland

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CUT FROM THE CLOTH OF FOGO: A Life of Teaching, Travel, and Ministry

By Stewart Payne Flanker Press, 2015 220 pages ISBN 978-1-77117-409-1

ARCHBISHOP Stewart Payne, whose memoir Cut from the Cloth of Fogo: A Life of Teaching, Travel, and Ministry was published last year, is living proof that God calls remarkable people from everywhere, no matter how small or remote the place.

The book traces Payne's humble beginnings on Fogo Island in the 1930s and his journey to becoming one of Canada's most respected Anglican clergy. With modesty and humour, Payne describes his early upbringing on Fogo Island, his first trip to the big city of St. John's to enter Memorial College, his teaching years at Indian Islands and Fogo, and the ministerial calling that put him on the path to a long and rewarding life of humanitarian work.

Payne's first pastoral charge was Happy Valley in Labrador, followed by Bay Roberts and St. Anthony on the Island of Newfoundland. He went on to become bishop of the diocese of Western Newfoundland, and retired as metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Canada.

Besides his role in the church, Payne has been an activist for social issues affecting his congregation. When the Newfoundland cod moratorium was declared in 1992, he was invited to form a coalition with other churches to assist unemployed fishermen and plant workers. …

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