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Fred Hiltz

Fred Hiltz

Archbishop Fred Hiltz is primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. 

Articles Written

  • Ashes for atrocities

    Ashes for atrocities
    Consider this statistic: 45 million people worldwide are captive in modern-day slavery. Two million of them are children. 
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: March, 06 2017
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  • Anna, the evangelist

    Anna, the evangelist

    Coming into February, the church celebrates one of the loveliest of all festivals, The Presentation of the Lord in the Temple (Luke 2:22–40).

    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: February, 14 2017
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  • Walls and wills

    Walls and wills

    The history of humanity is marked by many walls of empires risen and fallen. 

    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: January, 03 2017
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  • The Lampedusa Cross

    The Lampedusa Cross
    At the heart of Christmas is The Child, that “holy infant, so tender and mild,” the Son of God, cradled in the loving arms of Mary and guarded by the loving watch of Joseph.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: December, 08 2016
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  • Entertaining angels unawares

    Entertaining angels unawares
    Many are the stories of parishes throughout our beloved church that have welcomed hundreds of refugees and helped them settle into a new life in Canada.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: November, 02 2016
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  • Off to Rome

    Off to Rome
    My desire of many years to visit Rome is finally being realized. This month, I will attend the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Anglican Centre in Rome.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: September, 29 2016
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  • 'In love'

    'In love'
    Two months past General Synod 2016, we are called more than ever to bear with one another in love.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: September, 14 2016
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  • Papa and Leah

    Papa and Leah
    On Sunday, April 10, I had the great joy of baptizing our granddaughter, Leah Madeline, at Grace Church on-the-Hill in Toronto. I, of course, was very excited and a little nervous, too.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: May, 10 2016
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  • ‘Like a living tree’

    ‘Like a living tree’

    Is your church blossoming? Image: Ori-Artiste/Shutterstock Wes Frensdorff, the one-time bishop of Nevada (now deceased) wrote a piece called “The Dream.”* He imagines a church that has recovered its New Testament charism and passion, a church that celebrates the ministries…

    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: April, 29 2016
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  • A pin and a prayer

    A pin and a prayer
    Like many of you, I have a little  ceramic bowl full of lapel pins. They represent the Anglican Church of Canada and all of our dioceses, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, the Anglican Foundation of Canada, the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, and Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. I try to wear one of these pins appropriate to the context in which I find myself through my travels.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: April, 05 2016
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  • ‘Steps unto heaven’

    ‘Steps unto heaven’
    Among the grand features of the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ in Canterbury, England—its columns and arches, its quire and its crypt, its exquisite stained glass—are its many steps.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: February, 29 2016
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  • God bless you, Odette

    God bless you, Odette

    She met us as we arrived in Terra Firme, a very poor neighbourhood in the city of Belém in Brazil, where the diocese of Amazonia has had a steadfast witness to the gospel for many years. 

    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: February, 03 2016
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  • Canterbury Tales

    Canterbury Tales

    This month, at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the primates and moderators of the member churches of the Anglican Communion will meet in Canterbury.

    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: January, 06 2016
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  • Making room

    Making room

    A couple of weeks ago I made room for the Advent wreath on our dining room table. Soon I will make room for a crèche in my study and then for the Christmas tree. Those tasks are a sign of the Advent call to make room in our hearts for Christ, and all those for whom he would have us show his boundless compassion.

    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: December, 03 2015
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  • His view

    His view

    I have always looked forward  to the festival of All Saints. It is a  culmination of all those days when we  remember, with thanksgiving, the work and witness of particular saints and  the lives and labours of holy men and women throughout the ages. They…

    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: October, 28 2015
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  • Right and responsibility

    Right and responsibility
    “Most gracious God, we give thee hearty thanks for this good land of Canada in which we live, and for the freedom we enjoy. Keep us mindful of our duties and faithful to our trust; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: September, 28 2015
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  • A cross, a call, a question

    A cross, a call, a question
    History recorded that when Constantine ordered the building of a great church in Jerusalem, the labourers, in the course of digging to lay its foundation, found a large beam of wood. Said to have been from the cross on which Christ died, it was enshrined near the altar of the new church, which was dedicated on September 14 in the year 335. Ever since then, Christians have kept this date as Holy Cross Day.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: August, 24 2015
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  • Ring the bells

    Ring the bells
    Is there any more wonderful sound than the bells of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, or those of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Christ Church Cathedral in Canterbury, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London or the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in old Quebec City?
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: May, 22 2015
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  • ‘Well done and welcome home’

    ‘Well done and welcome home’
    As our church observes Jerusalem  Sunday on May 17 (the Seventh Sunday of Easter), we will give special thanks to God for the ministry of Major the Rev. Canon John Organ, who has served as chaplain for Archbishop Suheil Dawani in Jerusalem for the past three years.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: April, 23 2015
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  • An evolving relationship

    An evolving relationship
    It’s almost seven feet when it’s rolled out full length! Connected by a dotted line through a ribbon of landscape from one end to the other are 72 entries by way of date and significant development that tell the story of “Indigenous Peoples and The Anglican Church of Canada.” Half of the entries cover 140 years and the other half the last 20 years.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: April, 09 2015
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  • ‘O Dearest Lord’

    ‘O Dearest Lord’
    In the third week of Lent I will be making a visit to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem with Andrea Mann, the director of global relations for our church. Our visit begins in Amman, Jordan, with an act of renewing baptismal vows in the Jordan River! Imagine wading into those same waters in which Jesus was baptized to renew one’s vows as a disciple and then to baptize others! That will be quite the experience.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: February, 27 2015
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  • Saviour of all

    Saviour of all
    As Mary and Joseph say, “Yes, his  name is Jesus,” Simeon takes the  child in his arms and blesses God saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel” (Luke 2:29–32).
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: February, 09 2015
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  • The grace of prayer

    The grace of prayer
    On Sunday, January 18, the Feast of the Confession of Peter, I will join Bishop Geoff Peddle in Upper Island Cove, Nfld., to celebrate with the faithful in Christ their 200th anniversary as a parish. It will be the first anniversary of his consecration as a bishop and the 20th of my own.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: January, 06 2015
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  • We dare

    We dare
    Among the glories of Canada’s great landscapes are its mountains. 
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: December, 01 2014
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  • 'Nevertheless'

    'Nevertheless'
    On a Saturday morning in mid-September, I was seated with three other people, forming a panel at a meeting of the board of ATR (Anglican Theological Review), a quarterly publication well known for its articles, poetry and book reviews. We were invited to speak to the subject of “testing the bonds of affection” and to offer some reflections on the state of relations within and among the churches of the Anglican Communion.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: November, 24 2014
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  • 'Until all are fed’

    'Until all are fed’
    Stalks of corn are tied to the ends of every pew. Apples, parsnips, carrots and tomatoes are nestled in beds of colourful leaves on every windowsill. 
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: October, 09 2014
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  • 'In remembrance of me'

    'In remembrance of me'
    This summer I had some extraordinary experiences of eucharist in stately cathedral churches, in a teepee set up in a gymnasium in Kingfisher Lake, Ont., and several lovely old parish churches celebrating milestone anniversaries in the service of the gospel.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: September, 03 2014
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  • Mishamikoweesh

    Mishamikoweesh

    On June 4, I will be in Kingfisher Lake in northern Ontario for the inauguration of a new diocese. This occasion fulfills a vision of a deeply loved and highly respected elder, The Rev. William Winter. It had been revealed to him that some day there would be a truly indigenous church with leadership from among his own people.

    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: June, 03 2014
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  • The mother city of us all

    The mother city of us all
    In his book A Walk in Jerusalem, John Peterson writes: “No road in the Holy Land has been more travelled than the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem. It is an ecumenical phenomenon and never more so than today.”
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: May, 29 2014
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  • El Calvario

    El Calvario
    It was literally a full house with standing room only at the eucharist on Sunday, February 16 in Luyano, a very poor area in Havana, Cuba.  
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: March, 31 2014
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  • Smudging

    Smudging

    In recent years I have come to deeply appreciate the rites of smudging conducted by indigenous peoples. From a pouch containing cedar, sweet grass, sage and tobacco, an elder draws a handful and places the mixture in a shell.

    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: March, 04 2014
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  • Marked

    Marked
    I was baptized on April 7, 1957 at Emmanuel Church in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Though my baptismal certificate is a bit yellowed and tattered, I carry it with me wherever I go. It is tucked into my Prayer Book and is sometimes the focus of a chat with the children or with adults being baptized.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: February, 03 2014
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  • The abbot and I

    The abbot and I

    While in the Eastern Townships in Quebec for the 125th anniversary of the Church of the Advent, I enjoyed a visit to Abbaye Saint Benoît-du-Lac, a beautiful Benedictine abbey nestled in the hills surrounding Lake Memphremagog. The abbey is renowned for Gregorian chant and the production of world-class cheeses and apple cider.

    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: January, 13 2014
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  • Mary's song of praise

    Mary's song of praise
    Chosen to carry the Christ Child in her womb and to bring him to birth, Mary asks the angel Gabriel, “How can this be?” The angel says, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you”(Luke1:34–35).
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: December, 16 2013
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  • 'Constance'

    'Constance'

    On August 10 I went to the funeral of Sister Constance Murphy at St. James Cathedral in Toronto. For seventy-seven years, she had been a life-professed member of the Society of the Sisters of St. John the Divine (SSJD). 

    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: November, 06 2013
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  • Let's talk about food

    Let's talk about food

    “For food and friends and all God sends, we give our thanks and praise.” That simple but lovely grace is best sung as a round at a potluck supper or a gathering of family and friends. Many of us will be blessed to share in such a meal on Thanksgiving weekend.

    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: October, 09 2013
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  • Smelling the roses

    Smelling the roses
    In taking time “to smell the roses,” we sometimes discover things we might not otherwise experience.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: September, 10 2013
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  • Water

    Water
    Have we ever really stopped to think about how much water has shaped the course of history? How much the use of water shapes our daily routines? How access to clean water is a given in some places in the world and such a crisis in others?
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: July, 25 2013
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  • 'Listen, listen, o my child'

    'Listen, listen, o my child'
    What a privilege and blessing it was to represent our beloved church at the inauguration of the ministry of Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. There were three aspects I shall never forget.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: May, 02 2013
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  • Who are the 70?

    Who are the 70?
    Last fall, Dr. Walter Deller put this question to the directors of General Synod ministries. It came at the end of a very scholarly dissertation on chapter 11 in the Book of Numbers. Feeling the burden of leadership for the people of Israel, Moses took his concern to the Lord.
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: April, 11 2013
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  • Justin

    Justin

    England for the enthronement—or, as we in Canada say, “the seating”—of the new Archbishop of Canterbury, which will take place on March 21. On that day in our calendar of holy men and women, we commemorate the life and labours of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, the chief architect of the principle of common prayer in the language of the people. 


    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: March, 04 2013
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  • Start praying

    Start praying
    This summer in Ottawa, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada and the National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada are meeting in Joint Assembly under the theme, “Together for the Love of the World.” 
    By Fred Hiltz
    Posted: February, 12 2013
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