First Slavey Anglican priest mourned

The community of Hay River, N.W.T., is mourning the loss of the Rev. Georgina Bassett, who was ordained in 2012, becoming the first Anglican priest of Slavey descent in the Anglican Church of Canada. She died on July 8 of breast cancer at the age of 58.

Todd Russell and young friends celebrate Treaty Day, honouring the British-Inuit accord of 1765. Photo: Nunatukavut

Russell: True son of the land

From his driving, hard-rhotic accent to his fishing-and-hunting boyhood-not to mention summers working fish plants and oil tankers-Todd Russell is a Labradorian, through and through.

Archdeacon Richard Berryman was an Anglican priest for more than 55 years, as well as a journalist, author and communications/media officer for the national office of the Anglican Church of Canada. Photo: General Synod Archives

Priest and author Berryman dies

Archdeacon Richard Berryman, a priest, journalist and author, died onJan. 27 after a prolonged battle with kidney disease at the age of 82.

Merry Crechemas

My mother, Catherine Hall, knit this for me the year her father, Canon Shirley Wood, died. That fall, I had broken my leg and my parents came to help me a few times, so I saw them more than usual.

To people of faith entering politics, Hazel McCallion issues a warning: don’t sacrifice your faith, but use it to raise the bar in public service. Photo: Contributed

Hurricane Hazel’ still setting a blistering pace

At age 92 and in her 35th year and 12th consecutive term as mayor ofMississauga, Ont., Canada’s sixth-largest city, Hazel McCallion isshowing no signs of slowing down. In fact, she’s devoting her last twoyears in office to solving the seemingly insoluble problem of gridlockin the Greater Toronto Area.

Gary Woolsey, retired bishop of Athabasca, riding his motorcycle with his grandson Jordan. Photo: The Sower

Bishop Gary Woolsey: On a wing and a prayer

Gary Woolsey, retired bishop of the diocese of Athabasca, who took hisministry to remote communities by plane, and later by motorcycle, diedon Oct. 18, 2013 at the age of 71 in Calgary.

Monica Patten, seen here at Joint Assembly in Ottawa in July, became a member of the Order of Canada in June. Photo: Art Babych

Patten, Member of the Order of Canada

Monica Pattencame by her lifelong passion for philan-thropy honestly. “My parentswere my role models,” says Patten, who in June was named a member of theOrder of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours.

The Rev. Dr. Cyril Powles taught at Trinity College at the University of Toronto from 1970 to 1984. Photo: Anglican Church of Canada Archives.

Missionary and educator Cyril Powles strove for justice

The Rev. Dr. Cyril Powles, an Anglican priest, missionary and universityprofessor who devoted much of his life to working for justice,particularly for Japanese-Canadians, died on July 26 in Vancouver at theage of 94.

US First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Sasha and Malia, learned more about the ancestors of US President Barack Obama during a recent visit to Dublin. Photo: White House/Pete Souza

Obama family view Church of Ireland records

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Sasha and Malia,were shown the birth registry of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Irishancestors during a visit to Dublin on Monday, June 17. The Obamas werein Ireland for the G8 meetings.

National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald. Photo: Marites N. Sison

Bishop to receive Queen’s Jubilee Medal

On Saturday, Feb. 2, theAnglican Church of Canada’s first National Indigenous Bishop, MarkMacDonald, will receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal at Queen’sPark, Toronto.

Canon Gordon Baker was editor and general manager of the Anglican Journal’s predecessor, Canadian Churchman, from 1958 to 1967.

Canon Gordon Baker dies at 84

Canon Gordon Baker, a great intellectual and larger-than-life figure in the Anglican Church of Canada, died on November 8. He was 84. Ordained in 1954

Archdeacon Ian Grant was an active supporter of the Fellowship Centre, which serves 3,500 mid-day meals, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Ont. Photo: Contributed

Huron Archdeacon a ‘true pastor’

Archdeacon Ian Grant, a retired priest who has been described by friends in the Anglican diocese of Huron as a “true pastor,” died on Oct.

O'GARA: theologian championed ecumenism. Photo: Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

Margaret O’Gara: 1947 – 2012

Margaret O’Gara, a distinguished professor of theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, died Aug. 16 at age 65, after a