Welcome to the website of the Diocese of Moosonee.
The Diocese of Moosonee straddles both northern Ontario and Northwestern Quebec
covering some 560,000 sq kms, second to the Diocese of the Arctic in geographic size.
It is one of the great historic missionary areas of the Anglican Communion and of early
Canada with records dating back to 1780. It is an area set in “an almost unbelievable
land...of forests and lakes and rivers with mountains and muskeg and desolate tundra”
(Olive Mackay Petersen).
The southern part of the Diocese, called the Watershed Deanery, was developed with
the mining, lumber and rail industries.
The northern part of the Diocese that surrounds the James Bay and extends into inland
Quebec and is known as the James Bay Deanery is made up of the ancient aboriginal people of the north mostly of the Cree Nation.
The history of Moosonee is a colourful one of adventurers, fur-traders, map-makers and missionaries. As the area developed the Diocese grew and changed. Missionary efforts changed from paddling the rivers to riding the rails, to driving the highways to flying the northern skies.
Today the present economic picture in Canada, the downturn in northern population, and the First Nations emergence to self-determination has brought new challenges to the Church. Presently the Diocese of Moosonee is a “Mission Area” under the spiritual care and guidance of the Metropolitan of Ontario, Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto, brought about with the retirement of the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese at the end of 2013.
Visit through our website and experience a small breath of the north that we call home.
Perhaps your virtual visit will entice you to venture north and call upon us. Do be
assured of a very warm welcome!
Executive Council to meet in Timmins
The Diocesan Finance and Property Committee will meet at St. Matthew's Cathedral, Timmins on Tuesday November 4, 2014 beginning at 9:30 am. Executive Council will meet on Wednesday November 4, 2014 at St. Matthew's Cathedral, Timmins beginning with the Eucharist at 8:30 am.
Mission Possible Study
The Diocese of Moosonee..... called by God to Live and Proclaim the Gospel. As we move more deeply into living our Vision Statement, tools will be needed. Dioceses across Canada are sharing their resources with one another via the website of the national church: www.anglican.ca. One resource is a Five Week Study entitled "Mission Possible" consisting of a weekly Leader's Guide, Participants' booklet and Power Point Presentation. It could be used during Lent, with whole parishes or with Vestries. It is a great resource which has now been placed on the Diocese of Moosonee website for your convenience.
“My hope is that this program will begin a fruitful and lasting conversation on what it means to be missional in your own context.” Archbishop Colin Johnson, Archbishop of Moosonee
Mission Possible Study: Click here to download all of the materials
Mark the dates. The Annual Clericus of the Diocese of Moosonee will be held at Camp Bickell from 1:30 pm Tuesday September 9, 2014 to Thursday afternoon, September 11, 2014. All full time clergy are expected to attend. Part time and non-stipenidiary clergy and lay readers are invited. Please advise the Diocesan Administrato by August 15th if you will be attending and also advise of any food allergies. Please remember to bring your own sleeping bags or blankets, pillows, towels, toiletries, warm clothing and walking shoes. Archbishop Colin Johnson will be leading Clericus this year.
Online Donations Now Accepted
The Diocese of Moosonee's website is now enabled to accept online donations. Simply click on the "support our mission" button on the left hand side of our page and follow the on-screen instructions. Automated monthly donations can also be setup. You will receive a digital copy of your tax receipt directly to your E-Mail inbox. Donation payment processing is very secure and managed by CanadaHelps.org.
If you have any questions or require assistance please contact the Diocesan Administrator:
Diocesan Administrator : The Ven. Deborah Lonergan-Freake
705 221 0584
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