The Friends will be formally launched at a Festal Evensong at the cathedral at 4.30 pm on Sunday May 28, 2017.  This celebratory evensong service, featuring the St. Christopher Singers under the direction of Madelaine Humer, will be followed by a reception and an opportunity to learn more about the Friends of Christ Church Cathedral.

Please join us and invite friends and family for this time of worship and celebration.

Christ Church Cathedral has served the community of Victoria and the Diocese of BC for almost 90 years.  As a ‘cathedral for the city’, Christ Church serves the spiritual, social and cultural needs of the city and the diocese. It provides a parish home for more than 400 people and countless thousands more visit the Cathedral each year to admire the grandeur of the soaring interior, find a place of peace for prayer and meditation, join in one or more of the 19 worship services each week and enjoy glorious music and art. Regardless of their reason for entering the building, all experience the holiness of the cathedral and are often in awe of the splendour of the space. 

The Friends of Christ Church Cathedral has been initiated to invite those who may not be members of the parish to join our family, to build the community and contribute to the maintenance of this special place.

Friends of the Cathedral are ambassadors to the community. They provide their expertise to support special projects on the Cathedral and help to raise funds to support the ongoing beautification of the Cathedral, its grounds and programs.  As members, they assist in making an important difference to the spiritual, cultural and social life of the community and they enjoy opportunities for priority seating at special cultural events at the Cathedral. Friends are invited to an annual Friends Appreciation event, they have opportunities for special guided tours of the Cathedral and they receive regular updates on activities of the Cathedral.

Becoming a Friend contributes to conserving and adding to the beauty of this special place. Friends also build the community, forming lasting relationships and enjoying interesting events.

Please join us at Evensong on May 28.



Glory in glassMarch 28, 2017: This beautiful book is being recognized by the Hallmark Heritage Society with a Communication Award at this year’s Annual Awards Night in early May. Written by Canon Mary Barlow, David Barlow and Ed Schaefer, with photos by Ed Shaefer, the book celebrates the stained glass windows of our Cathedral.

Mary, David and Ed plan to be in attendance to accept the award. The three of them are delighted that their “little bound effort” is to be the recipient of such an award.  Many congratulations to David, Mary and Ed!

The second edition of the book is available for $20 from the Cathedral office.



cathedral cleaningMarch 2017: Sharp-eyed parishioners will have already noticed the arrival on the precinct this past Monday of a large piece of equipment: a lift with a high boom – the same gear, it turns out, that’s used to clean visiting cruise ships at Ogden Point! It’s here to facilitate the first phase of a major cleaning project for the exterior and interior of the Cathedral.

Phase 1, which is now underway, involves the careful cleaning of the high stone work on all sides of the outside of the building. Our architect and heritage consultant have recommended against power washing or the use of chemicals of any kind, so it’s a matter of gentle brushing with pure water, to remove moss and other accretions. As well, the wooden louvres on the two west towers will be cleaned and repainted. All this is important work, both to preserve the building and to enhance its appearance.

The work is being done under the leadership of Ron Malzon, a parishioner and experienced contractor, who has done many other projects for us. Ron expects this first, outside, phase to be completed before Easter. Phase 2 will see a smaller lift coming inside the Cathedral, to facilitate the removal of the unsightly white powdery deposits from the brick work of the ceiling vault and the stone pillars. More details about that will be available closer to the time.

All this work is being funded by Christ Church Cathedral Buildings, a limited company with its own Board of Directors. The Bishop is the chair, the Dean is the vice-chair, and the board members include several parishioners, as well as other folk from around the diocese with expertise in relevant disciplines such as engineering, construction, property management, financing, etc.

CCC Buildings has the responsibility for the upkeep of the fabric of the Cathedral and Memorial Hall, in accordance with a twenty-year maintenance plan, based on an independent appraisal and organized according to clear priorities – always leaving room for unforeseen emergencies. The company has its own separate endowment, and normally spends the annual income from that capital on this ongoing work. Bequests to CCCB are made from time to time, and are always welcome. One such gift has helped make the present project possible.

Bottom line: the Cathedral will look better and last longer, with no impact on our own operating budget! Questions? Speak to the Dean or any member of the wardens team. Ian Alexander



Donald Hunt 2014The Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, the Very Rev’d M. Ansley Tucker, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Cathedral’s new Director of Music, Mr. Donald Hunt.  Donald will take up his duties effective July 17th.

“I’m delighted that we have found an energetic and talented young successor to Canon Michael Gormley, who has contributed so much to the musical life of this Cathedral and this city over the past 33 years,” the Dean said.

Donald Hunt grew up in Halifax, and received his musical education in Montréal, where he studied organ with John Grew and Jonathan Oldengarm, among others, and was Organ Scholar and Assistant to Patrick Wedd at Christ Church Cathedral.  He holds a Master’s degree in Music from McGill University, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.  Donald has lived and worked in the UK since 2009.  He was Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, and since 2012 has been Assistant Organist at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh and College Organist at Fettes College in the same city.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Canada,” says Donald, “and to be coming to Victoria, where I look forward to building on a strong tradition, and to renewing the Cathedral’s commitment to young choristers, through a new relationship with the Cathedral School.”

Donald Hunt’s appointment is the culmination of an extensive international search that took place over the past ten months.  Almost sixty impressive applications were received from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.  A ten-member committee of parish, diocesan and community representatives conducted exhaustive interviews and auditions before making its recommendation.

Christ Church Cathedral is known as “The City’s Cathedral” for Victoria and the Capital Regional District.  It is regarded as a centre of excellence for both liturgical and concert music.  The Cathedral is home to five choirs, five organs, and several active performance series by both resident and visiting artists and ensembles.

Canon Michael Gormley indicated his intention to retire last spring.  He has been most generous in continuing to serve while the search process has been underway.  Easter Day 2017 will be Michael’s last week of regular Sunday services.  However, as was announced last year, he will become Music Director Emeritus, and will have an ongoing regular involvement in the Cathedral’s musical life.  Plans for a celebration of Michael’s long tenure and permanent legacy will be announced at a later date.

Michael Jarvis, a talented Canadian keyboard artist and church musician now living in Victoria, has agreed to serve as the Cathedral’s interim Director of Music.  He will work with and co-ordinate our talented and dedicated resident musicians, (including Madeleine Humer, conductor of St. Christopher Singers, and Thomas Nicholson, organ scholar and interim director of the Parish Choir) for the period from mid-April until mid-July. 



light cnjOne of the visual glories of this Cathedral is the great three-panelled stained glass window high up in the East End of the Chapel of the New Jerusalem.  Installed in 1994, the New Jerusalem Window was designed and installed by Christopher Wallace.  It has justifiably been called “the finest work of public art in Victoria.”

Rich in iconography and symbolism, the window is a riot of brilliant colour in its upper reaches, where the heavenly city is coming down to earth, modulating to more sombre blues and greys on the terrestrial plane below, where expectant humans await its arrival.

Some observers have also detected the shape of a Thunderbird’s outstretched wings in the design of the triptych.  Christopher Wallace says he did not consciously intend this, but he quickly adds that the spirit of a place can often enter into an artist’s subconscious and influence their work in ways they do not fully understand or even realize.

The window is one of the first things that strikes the visitor’s eye upon entering the Cathedral.  An especially serendipitous effect is the way it and the Rose Window on the West Front “speak” to each other’s reflections in the plain transparent glass above the chancel, almost like a pair of holograms.

Until now, all this uplifting beauty could be appreciated only by daylight.  At night, the window has been a “black hole.”  But now, thanks to the generosity of several past and present members of the church wardens team, who wish to remain anonymous, it has been illuminated from outside, so its soft glow can be seen during evening services, vigils and concerts.  How appropriate that this “gift of light” should be unveiled during Epiphany tide!

The donors dedicate their gift to the glory of God, and in thanksgiving for the recent very generous bequest to Christ Church Cathedral from the late Lorna LeGallais.  A recommendation will be brought to the upcoming Vestry meeting regarding the appropriate use(s) of the full amount of this bequest, which is anticipated to be approximately a quarter of a million dollars.

By extension, the “gift of light” also honours all past benefactors who have left legacies to the Cathedral, and all living souls who have included this House of God and its worshipping community in their estate planning.  Thank you!

Photo: Ian Alexander



schoriWe are delighted to welcome guest preacher/speaker Katharine Jefferts Schori 
The Forum will take place at 9.30 a.m. in the Chapter Room (breakfast at 9.15 a.m.) and will be followed by a joint service at 10.30 a.m. where the Most Rev'd Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori will preach.
Katharine Jefferts Schori is also the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society's (UVic) Visiting Lecturer for the: 2017 John Albert Hall Lecture
Religion, Science and Colonialism in the Anglican Communion Today
Thursday, January 26, 5.00 - 6.00 pm
David Turpin Building, Room A120, University of Victoria

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Here 's a great way to start 2017! Brilliant young organist Emmanuel Arakélian will be playing a recital in the Cathedral on Sunday afternoon, January 1st, at 3 pm.  Mr. Arakélian last performed for us in February of this year, as part of the Pacific Baroque Festival. 

Admission will be by donation. 


PROGRAM: Christmas organ music 

Louis Marchand  “Grand dialogue C-Major”

J.S. Bach "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland " BWV 659
J.S. Bach Trio super " Nun komm der Heiden Heiland " BWV 660
J.S. Bach "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland " BWV 661
J.S. Bach Prelude et fugue G minor BWV 535

The stars
Michel Corette "Les Etoiles"
Dietrich Buxtehude "Wie Schöm Leuchtet der Morgenstern"

J.S. Bach "Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr" BWV 711
J.S. Bach "Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr" BWV 717
J.S. Bach "Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr" BWV 715
J.S. Bach Prelude et fugue C Dur, BWV 547


tent cityIt has been a year since tents began to appear on the courthouse lawn. The development and months long existence of Tent City has deeply affected the surrounding community. We have been changed and challenged by life next door to a marginalized population. We have been impacted by the downside to poverty, homelessness, addiction and mental illness. And, we have experienced moments of joy and transformation with members of that community.

The surrounding community responded to the question of what next in the vacated space with the request to build a playground with some accommodations for seniors and handicapped persons. The provincial government has confirmed such a playground will be constructed with further consultations with user groups. How has Tent City influenced us? What we have learned about ourselves? Where do we go from here as a Christian community? On Sunday November 20, we will have an opportunity to enter into a facilitated conversation around these questions.

There will be two opportunities: after the 9.15 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. services during coffee hour. Facilitator: Canon Wayne Stewart



Sue House2October 26, 2016: The Rev'd Canon Sue House has been appointed as the Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination (ACPO) secretary.  Each ecclesiastical province sponsors a weekend assessment conference for people testing a call to ordained ministry. The purpose of ACPO is to ensure that the Canadian Church is maintaining standards for ordination right across the country – this gives bishops a certain peace of mind in receiving clergy from other dioceses. 

Candidates who attend ACPO must submit a spiritual autobiography, and a paper on the nature of ordained ministry.  Over a series of interviews, and closely observed interpersonal interactions, they must provide a credible reason for wanting to be ordained, rather than remaining in a fulfilling lay, ministry.  Assessors are on the lookout both for gifts that will enhance the Church, and for liabilities from which the Church should be protected.
Canon House will serve as the “ACPO Secretary” for the Province of BC & Yukon.  She will be responsible for planning ACPO conferences, recruiting and training assessors, dealing with candidates’ essays, and reporting back to their bishops.  It is an important job, for which she is well qualified and recognizes her long and competent work in vocational discernment.



Join us for our service on October 2 at 9.15 a.m, and bring your pet(s). All animals will receive a special blessing. We will gather in the Narthex (the area just inside the west doors of the Cathedral, off Quadra Street) prior to the service and process down the aisle behind the clergy at the start of the service. Everyone welcome!




Sunday, October 9 is the date of the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon and Half-Marathon. The route for the races takes the runners down Vancouver Street, usually around the time when people are trying to attend the 9.15 a.m. service. Parking can be almost impossible, so this year we are having a joint service at 10.30 a.m. This replaces the usual 9.15 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. services.

Our other services remain unchanged--8.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.



On Sunday, September 18, seven of the eight Choral Scholars were presented at the 11.00 a.m. service. 

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From left:
  • Heidi Worrall is pursuing Music Education studies at UVic. In addition to singing alto in our choir, Heidi is also a talented trombonist, studying with Scott MacInnes.
  • Baritone Thomas Nicholson is studying composition with Christopher Butterfield at UVic. In addition to his Choral Scholarship, Thomas has received an Organ Scholarship and will be studying organ with Canon Michael Gormley this year.
  • Bass Daniel MacRae is a third-year electrical engineering student at UVic and returning to the Cathedral for the second year. He studied with Winston Noren in Calgary and continues to pursue singing in choirs and other musical groups.
  • We are pleased to welcome back soprano Margaret Lingas for another year. Margaret hails from England, and is in the fourth year of a Performance degree with Benjamin Butterfield at UVic.
  • Joé Lampron-Dandonneau is a young tenor who comes to us from Montreal, where he was previously a Choral Scholar at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul. He is completing his Master’s degree at UVic with Benjamin Butterfield.
  • Tenor Kaden Forsberg is in his second year as Choral Scholar. He is currently studying with Benjamin Butterfield at the University of Victoria. 
  • Bass William Constable returns to us for a second year. He is presently studying with Gary Relyea.
  • Missing from the photo above is returning Tenor, Adam Schmidt. Adam is presently studying with Nancy Argenta at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.


ringers 02The North American Guild of Change Ringers conference and AGM is currently in progress at the Cathedral. Ringers from across North America have joined with the Cathedral ringers for courses, social activities, their AGM, and also a great deal of ringing. For most of the sessions, the sound controls are in place so that there is no disturbance to our neighbours, but on Sunday, two quarter peals will ring out.

The first is scheduled for 12:30 pm and the second for 3:30 pm.  A quarter peal thus consists of 1,250 strikes without a single mistake. If the ringers make a mistake, the quarter peal is considered unsuccessful and cannot be registered, so it's all fairly high pressure! The ringing will be spectacular on this occasion, so the public is invited to come and listen outside the Cathedral. 

Left: Cathedral and visiting bell-ringers at a practice session.



bellsx800The North American Guild of Change Ringers  2016 AGM takes place Sept 17, preceded by a Ringing Course from September 14, 2016. For more info please click here:
At the 9.15 a.m. service on September 18, the 80th anniversary of the installation of the first bells will be recognized. Stay tuned for more details! . 


Legacy Giving and the Church –Breakfast with Malcolm Burrows on September 23, 7.30 - 9.00 a.m.

Come and hear Malcolm Burrows, a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and the head of Philanthropic Advisory Services at Scotia Private Client Group.  After many years working in the charitable sector on the receiving end of charitable gifts, Malcolm now assists clients to fulfull their goals as givers. He is a sought-after speaker, a persuasive advocate for “planned giving”, and a practising Anglican.  In other words, he “gets” us!

When & Where: Tuesday, September 27, 7.30 – 9.00 a.m.,Uplands Golf Club, 3300 Cadboro Bay Road, Victoria

Who is this for?: Clergy, Financial & Stewardship Committees, Parish Treasurers, Anyone interested in making their commitment to the Church last

How to Reserve a Space (by Friday September 23): Call Christ Church Cathedral 250.383.2714

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Tickets: $30 ea. (Clergy may access PD Funds; Parishes may be able subsidize the attendance of lay leaders)

What do I get for my $30? Motivation to get started (or keep going) on legacy-giving; Practical Information; A chance to meet others who care; A great breakfast

PLEASE RESERVE EARLY: Maximum of 75 Spaces Available



synod2016General Synod, July 12: A resolution to change the marriage canon to allow for the solemnization of marriages of same-sex couples has passed. The vote required a two-thirds majority in each of the Orders of Laity, Clergy and Bishops.

This news followed the announcement yesterday after the initial vote, that the resolution has been defeated. The results of July 11 vote were as follows: Order of Laity 72.22% support, Order of Bishops, 68.42% and Order of Clergy, 66.23%. The Clergy vote was 0.43% shy of the 66.66% needed.

However, it was discovered that due to technical difficulties with the voting system, one clergy vote had been incorrectly recorded. Once that correction was made, the two third clergy majority was achieved, thus giving the required support for the resolution to pass. More information will be posted here as it becomes available!  



PRIDEchurch v 2 2We have several events and services taking place during Pride Week, in collaboration with our neighbour, St. John the Divine at 1166 Quadra Street. You are welcome to join us on any or all of these special occasions.



Rachel Allen recipient of 2016 Roberto and Mary Wood ScholarshipRachel Allen, one of the St Christopher Singers’ Choral Scholars and who has sung wit St Chris’ for a number of years, has had some wonderful success in this year’s Festival competitions:

Rachel Allen was the 2016 winner in the senior classical voice category at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival receiving the prestigious Rose Bowl and went on to win the Roberto and Mary Wood Scholarship.  She came in first at the BC Performing Arts Festival in Fort St John and will represent BC at the National Performing Arts Festival in Edmonton in August




The Dean and Wardens of Christ Church Cathedral are pleased to announce that Edward Hayley has agreed to accept the recently-created position of Manager, Finance & Administration at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria. He will take up his duties effective September 1, 2016.


Ed is the ideal person to assume this new role at the Cathedral. He is a chartered accountant with over three decades of experience and holds CPA and CA designations; he also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto.


Ed spent six years as Senior Director of Administration at Knox Presbyterian Church in Toronto, and most recently served for four years as Director of Finance & Administration at the Institute for Christian Studies in the same city. He is also active as a lay preacher, teacher and chorister in his current home parish of Christ Church St. James Anglican in West Toronto, and has a certificate as a pastoral care visitor. Ed's early professional training and experience took place in Vancouver in the 1980s; he and his wife Cindy are looking forward to returning to the West Coast.



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queen elizabeth ii 3This weekend, nations throughout the Commonwealth will be celebrating the 90th birthday of the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.  In London, England, a televised Service of Thanksgiving will be held in St Paul’s Cathedral. 

Here in Victoria, on Sunday, June 12 at 4:30pm, Christ Church Cathedral will hold ‘A Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving to Mark Her Majesty the Queen’s  90th Birthday.   This special Choral Evensong Service will include celebratory music from past royal occasions, including:

  • An anthem by Healey Willan “O Lord, Our Governor” which was a Homage Anthem written for the Queen’s from Coronation in 1953.  Healey Willan was a naturalised Canadian and this was the first music written for a coronation by someone residing outside of Great Britain.
  • A grand anthem by Charles Wood “O Thou, the central Orb”. This work was performed for The National Service of Thanksgiving to Celebrate The Diamond Jubilee Of Her Majesty The Queen at St Paul's Cathedral, Tuesday 5th June 2012
  • The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis from his Collegium Regale Service written by Herbert Howells in 1945 for King’s College, Cambridge.
  • The congregation will be able to join in singing the hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” to the tune of Blaenwarn, recently voted the most popular hymn in Britain and was one of the 3 hymns sung at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

The Readings, Prayers  and Collects approved for use by HM The Queen….

Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of the Province of British Columbia, will be in attendance.  The Cathedral’s St Christopher Singers, led by Madeleine Humer and Michael Gormley (organ), will lead the music for this occasion.  

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