Frequently Asked Questions
The Reverend Jessica’s resignation and next steps –
A number of good questions have been raised in regards to Rev. Jessica’s departure and what the parish can expect going
forward. In this space, we hope to offer
answers to those questions as far as possible. Some things are just unknown at this time, but we have a diocesan process to guide us.
- Can Jessica still visit or be a parishioner at the parish?
The long held and common practice across many churches, including our diocese, is that a former rector does not visit or become a parishioner after leaving a position in a parish. This is to enable a clear departure and detachment from the former rector so that a good attachment may be formed to the incoming new leader. If the former rector desires to attend a liturgy, for example, in the case of a funeral or wedding, then the most appropriate thing to do is to write or call the new priest and let he/she know that they’d like to attend, but assure the new priest that he/she would not become involved in any further pastoral service unless given express permission by that priest.
- Do we know who will be the supply priest for August? Do we know who the interim priest will be yet?
We still do not know who will be the interim priest, but we do have supply priests for August confirmed. Alain-Michel will be away for the month of August, but for the Sunday and mid-week Eucharists, the Reverend Clare Morgan will be available as supply priest, with the exception of August 13th, when the Reverend Neil Fernyhough will be available.
A supply priest is only available for liturgical needs and in some cases, emergency pastoral situations.
An interim priest is a priest trained and appointed to a parish to walk with the parish through the transition to new leadership. Interim ministry seeks to stabilize parishes and provide support to lay leadership as they move through the process of creating a parish profile, seeking and interviewing candidates. Interim ministries can range in their duration. A typical period is 12-18 months, but they can be shorter or longer.
- Has the canonical committee been convened?
The canonical committee has not been convened. This can only be done by the Executive Archdeacon of the diocese, the Venerable Douglas Fenton.
“The role of the Canonical Committee is to provide parish leadership and representation in the selection process of a Rector, Vicar, Interim Priest-in-Charge or Assistant Priest. During this process the committee will work with the Bishop’s Office, the Regional Archdeacon and the Bishop’s Advisory Committee on Appointments.
All clerical appointments are made by the Bishop. However, the Canonical Process provides an important consultative process, in which the parish is an active participant.”