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Reverend Robert John Renison Fonds

  • REN BRC
  • Person
  • 2014-

The Most Reverend Robert John Renison is an important figure in the history of the Anglican Communion in Canada due to his role as Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. He also was known as a gifted writer of books and articles and was a popular religion columnist for the Globe and Mail for over 20 years. He was born in Ireland in the little village of Clonoulty near Cashel in the County Tipperary in 1875. His father was the Rev. Canon Robert Renison and his mother was the former Mary Elizabeth Kennedy, an American citizen that the Rev. Canon Renison met while on a trip to the United States. The Rev. Robert John Renison was the oldest of three boys, all of whom became Anglican (or Episcopalian) priests. In addition, he had three sisters. In 1914 he married Elizabeth Bristol of Hamilton, Ontario. They had two sons, Robert John Bristol Renison born in 1916, and George Everett Bristol Renison born in 1918. George Renison (d.1998) was married to Nancy Stirett and had three children; Katherine, Carol and Michael. Robert John was married to Shirley Sommerville (d 1957) and had one son Robert.

The Reverend Robery John Renison fonds were willed to Renison University College in c/o Gail Cuthbert Brandt in July 1999 from the estate of George Everett Bristol Renison. They were willed to George Everett Bristol Renison by his father Bishop Robert John Renison.

Renison, Robert J. (Robert John). Metropolitan of Ontario.

  • REN BRC 1
  • Person
  • [1875-1957]

The Most Reverend Robert John Renison [1875-1957]
The Most Reverend Robert John Renison is an important figure in the history of the Anglican Communion in Canada due to his role as Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. He also was known as a gifted writer of books and articles and was a popular religion columnist for the Globe and Mail for over 20 years. He was born in Ireland in the little village of Clonoulty near Cashel in the County Tipperary in 1875. His father was the Rev. Canon Robert Renison and his mother was the former Mary Elizabeth Kennedy, an American citizen that the Rev. Canon Renison met while on a trip to the United States. The Rev. Robert John Renison was the oldest of three boys, all of whom became Anglican (or Episcopalian) priests. In addition, he had three sisters. In 1914 he married Elizabeth Bristol of Hamilton, Ontario. They had two sons, Robert John Bristol Renison born in 1916, and George Everett Bristol Renison born in 1918. George Renison (d.1998) was married to Nancy Stirett and had three children; Katherine, Carol and Michael. Robert John was married to Shirley Sommerville (d 1957) and had one son Robert.

Bishop Renison immigrated to Canada in 1880 when his father answered a call to serve as a missionary to the Ojibway on the shores of Lake Nipigon. He was educated at Trinity College School in Port Hope Ontario from 1886-1892 on a scholarship for children of Anglican Priests, at the University of Toronto where he received a B.A. in English in 1895 and a M.A. in 1896, and at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. He received a D.D. degree from St. Johns College in Winnipeg in acknowledgement of his missionary work. He was ordained as a deacon in 1898 and as a full priest in 1899. After graduating from Wycliffe College he enlisted in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers under the pseudonym “Sergeant Patrick O’Reilly.” His first parish position was as a missionary priest near James Bay, Ontario, where he served until 1912. From 1912-1927 he was Rector of the Church of the Ascension in Hamilton, Ontario, except for a leave from 1918-1919 when he served as Anglican Chaplain for the 21st Battalion expeditionary Forces in World War I in France. He was Rector of Christ Church in Vancouver from 1927-1931 and Dean of New Westminster from 1929-1931. From 1931-1932 he was Bishop of Athabasca. From 1932- 1943 he was Rector of St. Paul’s Church on Bloor Street in Toronto. In 1944 he became Bishop of Moosonee. In 1952, he became the 9th Metropolitan (Head Bishop) of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, a position he held until his retirement in 1954. He died in 1957. His funeral at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Bloor Street, where he served as rector for many years, was packed with over 2000 mourners.

A dedicated missionary, he spent much of his career as a missionary with the first nation people in northern Ontario. He spent the first 14 years of his career as a missionary in the James Bay region. He was fluent in Cree and in writing the Cree syllabary language, eventually writing a hymnal in Cree. He was considered an advocate for members of the first nation tribes in northern Ontario for his time and was given the name “Sheegoos” or “the good medicine which comes once a year” in Cree. Upon his appointment to Metropolitan, he declined the opportunity to serve in Southern Ontario, preferring to stay in the Diocese of Moosonee. He was considered to be a gifted orator with a strong intellect and a rich sense of humour. He was a much loved rector during his time in Hamilton, Vancouver and Toronto as well.

He was a talented writer publishing a number of books besides his Cree Hymnal including the Life of Bishop Sullivan, Canada at War, Wednesday Morning, (which was a selection of his editorials for the Globe and Mail), For such a Time as This, (which was a collection of his sermons), and One Day at a Time, (his autobiography). Starting in 1937, he wrote a popular newspaper column in the Globe and Mail which he continued until his death in 1957. As a result of his weekly column and his work as a rector and Archbishop, he was held in high regard by Anglicans in Ontario for his spiritual leadership. In September of 1941 he travelled to London, England as one of a number of Canadian journalists and writers, in his case representing the Globe and Mail, as a guest of the British Council.

He left a legacy with his writings and books and also in the honours which were bestowed on him as a result of his life’s work. In 1959, the newly formed Anglican College in Waterloo, Ontario, which would become later become affiliated with the University of Waterloo, was named in his honour. The Renison family remained in close contact with the college, with Bishop Renison's widow Elizabeth often being present for College events in early years. His son, George Everett Bristol Renison, a World War II hero and the founder and chairman of W.H. Smith Canada, served as Chancellor of Renison University College from 1986-1992.

Horden, John, 1828-1893

  • REN BRC 10
  • Person
  • 1828-1893

Bishop John Horden was born in 1828 in Exeter England. In 1851 he received a call to be a school master in Moose factory Ontario. in 1872 He was consecrated as Bishop of Moosonee. He died in 1892. Fluent in Cree, he published a prayer book, a hymnal and translations of the Gospel into the Cree Language. He was a mentor to Bishop Renison was the latter was a boy on lake Nipigon Ontario.

Bristol, Everett

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  • Person

Brother of Mrs Elizabeth Bristol Renison

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."

http://ascensionchurch.ca/history.php

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.

Renison, Elizabeth Bristol (1885 - 1975)

  • REN BRC 2
  • Person
  • (1885- 1975)

Elizabeth Bristol Renison was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1885. In 1914 she married the Reverend Robert John Renison in Hamilton, Ontario. She died in 1975 in Toronto, Ontario. They had two sons, Robert John Bristol Renison and George Everett Bristol Renison.

Renison, Colonel George Everett Bristol

  • REN BRC 4
  • Person
  • 1918?-1998

Colonel George Everett Bristol Renison is the youngest son of the Reverend Robert John Renison and his wife Elizabeth Bristol Renison. He was born in 1918 in Hamilton Ontario while his father served as an Anglican Chaplain to the Canadian Expeditionary forces. He was a war hero and former prisoner of war during World War II. He was the Chairman and founder of W.H. Smith Canada and Chancellor of Renison University College from 1986-1992 and honourary Chancellor until his death in 1998.

Renison, Robert John Bristol, [1916-1984]

  • REN BRC 5
  • Person
  • [1916-1984]

Robert John Bristol Renison was the oldest son of the Reverend Robert John Renison and Elizabeth Bristol Renison. He was born in Hamilton, On. in 1916 and died in 1984.

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