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Hillary, The Rev. William

  • F-405
  • Persona
  • 1911-2001

The Rev. George William Hillary was born June 28, 1911 in Hampsterly, Durham, England. After being educated as a child at Witton Park and the Choir School of Durham Cathedral, he received his theological education from St. Paul's College, Durham University (1932) as well as St. Chad's College in Regina Sask ( 1935). He was ordained deacon on Sunday, August 4, 1935 at St. Paul's pro-cathedral in Regina Sask by the 5th Bishop of Qu'Appelle, the Right Rev. Knowles. Hillary was the bishop's first oridnand. The Rev. Hillary was ordained to the priesthood April 19th, 1936 by same. He had an early introduction to music, as well as journalistic experience as a member of the editorial committee of The Anglican Church News - a forerunner to TOPIC, the newspaper of the Diocese of New Westminster. He began his priestly service in several parishes in the Diocese of Qu'Appelle in Saskatchewan from 1936-1954, before transferring to the Diocese of New Westminster. In the latter, he served as Incumbent of St. Thomas, Whalley (1954-1959), Rural Dean of New Westminster (1957-1958), Assistant Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver (1959-1960), Retor of St. Michael, Vancouver (1960-1976) until his retirement in 1976.

Somerville, Frances

  • D 2011-21
  • Persona
  • 1916-2007

Frances Somerville was born Frances Vivian Smith Gardner in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia on June 5, 1916. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s, Lunenburg – the same church where her parents were married. She graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a BA in English and Psychology in 1939. She went on garner a Teacher’s Diploma in “Voice, Culture and Singing and Public School Music – Voice” from the Maritime Academy of Music, where she later taught. Always involved in music, she began her performing career as part of the Dalhousie University Glee Club and later went on to perform professionally, both in person and on the radio – with the CBC and Norwegian Royalty as some of her most noted audiences. She performed throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s. In 1946 she married the Reverend Harold James Best of Woodstock, New Brunswick. The couple moved to British Columbia in 1951. In 1985 Frances married Archbishop David Somerville, and the two lived in North Vancouver until their deaths. She was an avid writer. She penned an autobiography of Archbishop Somerville called “David: Archbishop and Friend” and was known for her witty poems and heartfelt prayers. Frances died August 16, 2007.

Barbara Stopford

  • A-318
  • Persona

Barbara Stopford (nee Bould) was active in the Anglican Young Peoples Association (A.Y.P.A.) in the 1940's, serving on the Vancouver West Deanery Council and the B.C. Provincial Council. The A.Y.P.A. society was founded by Rev. Canon Brown in 1903. The purpose of the organization was to promote religious, social and intellectual welfare of the youth. The affairs of the association were administered by the Dominion Council represented by Provincial Councils in all provinces. The Provincial Councils worked in close relationship with parishes through actions initiated and fulfilled by various branches. The badge of the A.Y.P.A, worn by members, was in a shield shape with Chi Rho, the first two letters for the Christ's name in Greek, on its face. As an active member of the A.Y.P.A. at the provincial level, Barbara Stopford held the position of Promotion and Extension Convenor (1946-1948) and attended the local, provincial and Dominion conferences.

Sillitoe, Acton Windeyer, 1840-1894 fonds

  • A-316
  • Persona
  • 1840-1934

A. W. Sillitoe was the first Bishop of New Westminster (1879-1894). Born in 1840 at Sydney, Australia, educated at Cambridge, England, chaplain to the British legation at Darmstadt and tutor to the Princess Alice, A.W. Sillitoe was called in the prime of his life (at the age of 39) to organize the Anglican communities on the British Columbia Lower Mainland and the southern interior. His wife, Violet E. Sillitoe, assisted and accompanied him during hard journeys throughout the province and played a vital role for Christianity in the coast's pioneer days. Violet, beloved through the province, died in 1934, in Vancouver

Murphy, Maud, 1902-1988

  • A-314
  • Persona

Maud Murphy, from Tara, Ontario, travelled to the Okanagan Valley, working there with the Sunday School Caravan Mission as driver and mechanic during the summer of 1929.

Leigh, The Rev. John

  • A-313
  • Persona
  • 1879-1965

The Reverend Canon John Leigh served as a priest in northern Ontario, from 1907 to 1920, and in the Diocese of New Westminster, from 1920 to 1964, with a brief stint at Kamloops in the Diocese of Cariboo, from 1922 to 1926. A passionate reader and researcher, he wrote detailed notes and comments on historical, theological or scientific books. Eager to acquire new skills, he taught himself Ancient Greek in order to read the New Testament in that language. He also had an extensive knowledge of the history of the Church from the early Christian times to the present days, as well as an interest in the history of archeology as a complimentary source illustrating the evolution of the Church in the Western world.

Done, Frederick Ernest, 1901-1979

  • A-310
  • Persona

Fred Done was a long-time parishioner at St. Philip's, Vancouver. He was an active member of the Church Committee and deeply involved in Anglican Young People's Association (A.Y.P.A.) activities. The A.Y.P.A branch started at St. Philip's in 1927, with E.W. Dean as president. As a member of the association, E.F. Done did much to promote religious and social fellowship in the parish and to give the young people the opportunity to participate in many aspects of church life. He organized dances, sports, beach and badminton parties, and field trips. As an active member of the Dunbar community he participated in debates that were raised as a consequence of the economic and social development of the Dunbar area. The issues under discussion included: the operation of the street car service by the city, government control and liquor regulations. He was also active in other social events organized by the parish, such as: festival suppers, church concerts, and outdoor activities

Hambidge, The Most Rev. Douglas Walter

  • A-31
  • Persona
  • 1927-

Seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Caledonia (1969-1981), seventh Archbishop of the Diocese of New Westminster and eighth Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia (1981-1993), Douglas Walter Hambidge was born in London, England. Ordained priest in London in 1953, he came to Cassiar, B.C. in 1956 and acted as Rector of All Saints' Church from 1956 to 1958. Bishop Hambidge and his family were prepared to return to England, where the work in a metropolitan parish seemed more challenging, but Bishop Watts persuaded him to try Smithers, B.C. After six busy years in the parish of St. James' in Smithers, the newly-elected Bishop of Caledonia, Eric Munn, asked him to go to Fort St. John, B.C. (1964). The Reverend Douglas Hambidge served the parish of St. Martin's in Fort St. John, and he also became also a radio personality. He had a daily devotional broadcast, "Strength for the Day", and a less conventional open line program where he picked any subject that he felt was an issue and reflected theologically upon it. In 1965, the Reverend Douglas Hambidge became Canon of St. Andrew's Cathedral in Prince Rupert, B.C. (1965). In May 1969, after Bishop Munn had died in California, the Reverend Douglas Hambidge was consecrated as seventh Bishop of Caledonia by Rev. G.P. Gower, Archbishop of the Diocese of New Westminster. In 1970, Bishop Hambidge obtained his D.D. (honoris causa) at the Anglican Theological College in Vancouver, B.C. A married man with three children, Archbishop and Metropolitan Hambidge brought a new, style to the episcopate of British Columbia. Traditional in terms of church structure and authority, he has been less traditional through experiments with lay ministry. Archbishop's Hambidge principal innovation in Caledonia has been " indigenous ministry" - the licensing of people chosen by their communities to be their priests. With Archbishop's approval, a community may choose as its priest someone without formal theological training but with other qualities which make him a desirable leader. This form of ministry was developed specifically for Caledonia under the influence of religious customs and practices of native people. Many of the Caledonia Anglicans were Nishga Indians and Archbishop Hambidge had been made member of the native family called Raven and given the name "Wal'aks", meaning "bearer of the living water". He restructured diocesan responsibilities, issued guidelines on various matters, from confirmation dress to Marriage Commission submissions. He was concerned about the deployment of clergy throughout the province and ways of working more effectively in order to cover the numerous vacancies in remote areas. Although he recognized the quality of Canadian theological training, Archbishop Hambidge made efforts to improve the training of the priests to the reality of ministry and encourage parishes to work together. He was one of the senior Bishops in Canada and very active nationally and internationally as a member of the Anglican Consultative Council. After his retirement, Archbishop Hambidge wanted to offer his skills and help the people of Tanzania. In 1993, he accepted a volunteer position as principal of St. Mark's Theological College in Dar Es Salaam, sponsored through the Anglican Volunteers in Mission program of the Anglican Church of Canada. Coming back to Canada, he retired to Parksville, B.C., later returning to the Diocese of New Westminster. He is currently Chancellor of the Vancouver School of Theology.

Business Administrator

  • A-289.44
  • Persona
  • 197?-

Before the existence of the Business Administrator, administrative duties were divided amongst the Diocesan committees, the Executive Archdeacon and the Registrar/Chancellor/Agent. Since that time, the position has been held by Nigel Snelgrove, XXXXX, Barry Foord, Mike Wellwood, and Robert Dickson.

Youth Ministry Coordinator

  • A-289.18
  • Persona
  • 1985-

The position of Youth Ministry Coordinator was created in 1984 and has existed on-and-off until present day in different forms.

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