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Church of the Ascension (Hamilton, Ont.)

  • REN BRC 16
  • Corporate body
  • 1850-

" The Church of the Ascension was the second Anglican church to be built in Hamilton. The cornerstone was laid on Ascension Day, May 9 1850. The church opened for services on June 22 1851, with the Rev. John Hebden as it's first rector. The land for the church was purchased and donated by Richard Juson, a prominent hardware merchant who was also one of the first wardens.

A boundary wall and iron fence was built to enclose the church and it's ground ca. 1867. By October 1875 when the church was consectrated by Bishop Fuller, the first Bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Niagara, a spire and five bells had been added, the gift of Mrs. Richard Juson.

The whole interior of the church was destroyed by fire on January 6 1887. Reconstruction began almost immediately, and the services in the building resumed on March 8 1888. The church was rebuilt almost exactly as before, but the chancel was enlarged to provide room for the choir stalls and organ. The design of the new church was a simple form of Early English Gothic with a Victorian truss roof.

The bells added to the church in the 1860s have not been rung since 1972. All five bells need new support bolts as well as some adjustment to the striking mechanism before they can be rung again. Price quotes for the necessary work have seemed prohibitively high and this has delayed bell restoration indefinitely. Four of the five bells are still in excellent condition and could be rung again if the repairs were made."

Anglican Church of Canada. Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. Metropolitan

  • REN BRC 17
  • Corporate body
  • 1912-

The third oldest Ecclesiastical province in the Anglican Church in Canada, the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario was formed from seven diocese from The Ecclesiastical Province of Canada (Algoma, Huron, Niagara, Ontario, Ottawa and Toronto) and one Diocese from the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land (Moosonee). The Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario comprises of the Central and Eastern parts of the geographic Province of Ontario and part of the Western part of the geographic Province of Quebec, from the James Bay region to the border between Canada and the United States. So far there have been 18 Metropolitan's of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario of which Robert John Renison was the 9th.

Anglican Communion. Lambeth Conference.

  • REN BRC 18
  • Corporate body
  • 1967-

A decennial assembly of Bishops in the Worldwide Anglican Communion. Started in 1967 on the suggestion on Bishop John Henry Hopkins of Vermont. Actual impetus due to actions of Canadian privy council regarding Anglican Church during 1865 (because of confederation?) Held at Lambeth Palace in London (Archbishop of Canterbury's London home) until 1968, when size forced them to look elsewhere.

Christ Church Cathedral (Vancouver, B.C.)

  • REN BRC 6
  • Corporate body
  • 1888-

"Christ Church Cathedral, in Vancouver, British Columbia, is the Cathedral church of the Diocese of New Westminster of the Anglican Church of Canada. The Cathedral is located at 690 Burrard Street on the north-east corner of West Georgia Street and Burrard Street, directly across from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

The first service was held, without a church building, on December 23, 1888 at 720 Granville Street in the town of Vancouver. Later, on February 14, 1889, a building committee was formed to collect the necessary funds for the erection of the church. It would be located on land bought from the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR); Henry John Cambie, chief engineer of CPR’s Pacific Division and People’s Warden of the new church, was a key negotiator in acquiring the property.

By October 1889, Christ Church’s basement was built and on October 6, the opening service was held for 52 parishioners. The joy of a new church did not last forever.

By 1891 the CPR objected to the unfinished building that had quickly been nicknamed the root house. It was viewed an “eyesore” and the parishioners feared they would lose their location due to lack of funds to complete the building.

A financing scheme was developed by a parishioner and the corner-stone was finally laid July 28, 1894, and the church dedicated, Sunday February 17, 1895. The church was built in the Gothic Style with ceiling made of cedar planking and ceiling beams and floor constructed out of old growth Douglas fir.

By 1909 the first expansion was done and by 1911 the first organ had already worn out, it used a human blower hired at $5 per month, and was replaced by a new organ manufactured by Wurlitzer. In 1920, electricity replaced candles for lighting, and in 1930 the lanterns now in the church were installed.

In 1929, the Archbishop of New Westminster constituted Christ Church as the Cathedral Church of the Diocese. The church planned to build a bell tower, but in 1943, the city by-laws were changed to restrict church bells."

St. Paul's Church (Toronto, Ont. : Anglican)

  • REN BRC 7
  • Corporate body
  • 1842-

"John G. Howard, known as the first professional architect in Toronto, was commissioned to begin plans for the new church. In his diary, Howard noted working on specifications for "a little church up Yonge Street". This little church was a long, barn-like structure measuring 30 by 40 feet.The church opened for its first service on June 12th, 1842. One hundred people sat in attendance as the Rev. Charles Matthews, former Rector of St. John's, delivered the sermon. A choir of four people sang and a collection of 3 pounds 40 shillings was taken.The name "St. Paul's" was formalized in 1846 when Bishop John Strachan appointed the church's first Rector, The Rev. John George Delhoste Mackenzie.

In 1857, St. Paul's required more space to accommodate its growing congregation. A competition was held for designs for a new structure, with brothers Edward and George Kent Radford being announced as winners. Construction began in 1858 on what was described by the English periodical The Builder as a "perfect Gothic gem". The original wooden church building was moved on rollers to Potter's Field on Bloor Street. The clerestory was supported on massive columns set on brick piers, and the aisles were separated from the nave by moulded arches on heavy columnar pillars. The main entrance was on the north side in the central bay of the nave. Just within the entrance stood a large sandstone baptismal font. The second building opened for its first service on December 9th, 1860. At this time St. Paul's seated about 450 people. By 1900 electricity was installed and renovations extended the nave, increasing seating capacity to 900.The second church is still an integral part of St. Paul's, and now holds office space, in addition to the Great Hall and the St. Paul's Chapel. While much of the interior has been changed, the exterior remains largely untouched

The Rev. Canon Henry John Cody came to St. Paul's as a student, later becoming curate in charge before being appointed Rector in 1907. In 1909 St. Paul's commissioned architect Edward James Lennox, whose previous work included the old City Hall and Casa Loma, to prepare designs for a new, larger church.
The new church opened for it's first service on November 30th, 1913 and stands immediately to the east of the old church. With an original seating capacity of over 2,000, the new church was able to meet the church's growing needs, and is presently the largest Anglican church in Toronto. The organ was donated to St. Paul's by the Blackstock family in memory of Thomas Blackstock. Built in 1914 by Casavant Freres, it has undergone several restorations to maintain its glorious voice."

Diocese of Moosonee (Church of England)

  • REN BRC 8
  • Corporate body
  • 1874-

"The Anglican Diocese of Moosonee is a diocese of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario of the Anglican Church of Canada. It was created in 1874 from part of the Diocese of Rupert's Land, in what is now the Province of Rupert's Land, and transferred in 1912 to the new Province of Ontario. Now headquartered in Timmins, Ontario it was originally headquartered in Moose Factory. Its first bishop was the Right Rev. John Horden."

Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of Athabasca

  • REN BRC 9
  • Corporate body
  • 1874-

"The Anglican Diocese of Athabasca is a diocese of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land of the Anglican Church of Canada, in the northern half of the civil province of Alberta. It was created in 1874 by the division into four parts of the original Diocese of Rupert's Land. The Synod of the Diocese of Athabasca was organized in 1876. The diocese was then itself subdivided in 1892 to create the new dioceses of Selkirk (later renamed Yukon) and Mackenzie River and in 1933 to create the Diocese of The Arctic (which subsumed Mackenzie River).

The see city is Peace River. The Diocese has had at least two other See Cities: Fort Simpson and Fort Vermilion. The Bishop resided for a considerable period at Athabasca Landing, but it is not certain if it was ever his "seat". Other cities in the diocese are Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray."

University of Waterloo

  • REN RUC 1
  • Corporate body
  • 1957-

In 1953, Waterloo College (now Wilfred Laurier University) appointed Gerald Hagey as the first lay (non Lutheran Pastor) president. He spent much of his tenure trying to fix the college's financial challenges. As a denominational college, Waterloo College was not eligible to receive public funding that the Province of Ontario was investing in post secondary education. At the same time, there was a increase in the demand for university graduates with education in the sciences and technology. Again at the same time, universities in Ontario were trying to meet an increased demand for post secondary education which was anticipated as the first cohort of the post World War II "baby boomers" became old enough to enroll in post secondary education. In step with these occurences, and following the lead of other denominational colleges at the time, notably McMaster University and Assumption College (a founding college of the University of Windsor) Waterloo College envisioned the Waterloo College Associate Faculties, a non-denominational science faculty affiliated with Waterloo College. From the beginning Renison College planned to be affiliated with the new institution, along with St. Jerome's College (now St. Jerome's University), and antipated United Church (St. Paul's College) and Mennonite (Conrad Greble College) Colleges. Anticipating growth,the Affiliated Faculties purchased a 183 acre plot of land on what is now University Avenue. At the last minute, The Evangelical Lutheran Synod backed out of Waterloo College's planned affiliation with the Affiliated Faculties, leading to a flurry of activity which lead to the creation of the University of Waterloo as the degree granting institution and Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfred Laurier University as a completely separate denominational university in it's original site. In 1967 the Optometry College of Ontario joined the University of Waterloo and became the School of Optometry and Vision Science. Also in 1967 the university founded the world's first kinesiology department and created the Faculty of Mathematics out of the then Department of Mathematics. The university now comprises of 450 hectares of land and 36,000 undergraduate and 5,300 graduate students.

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