Bishop's announcements


Bishop Chapman's letter to The Honourable Bill Morneau, PC, MP, Minister of Finance
[January 23, 2017] | (.pdf format)
Added January 25, 2017


Response to General Synod [July 11, 2016]
Added July 12, 2016


My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I am deeply thankful to you — the people of our great Diocese, our Anglican community, family, and friends — for your very best wishes and assurances of prayers for me and Catherine. It is hard to find the right words to express our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received. Thank you so very much.

I continue to rest comfortably at home, and anticipate that, in due course, the prescribed treatments will allow me to fully heal. My physicians are highly skilled and very attentive, and I have great confidence in them.

In the meantime, I have appointed The Venerable David Selzer and The Very Reverend Shane Parker to be my Commissaries, so that day to day matters will be looked after appropriately. I am grateful to them for their work and for keeping me apprised of the ongoing life of our Diocese. While placing top priority on healing at this time, I will exercise my episcopal ministry whenever possible — and look forward to those opportunities to be directly involved.

My prayers are with each of you as we embark upon this rich season after Pentecost, a time of growing in Christ and of sharing God's compassion and justice in words and actions.

May you all be filled with the confidence and joy of the Holy Spirit.

Yours in Christ,

+ The Rt. Rev. John H. Chapman,
9th Bishop of Ottawa

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Added May 31, 2016


Statement from our Bishop regarding the wildfires around Fort McMurray

Our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Athabasca, and particularly those individuals in and around Fort McMurray, need our help!

Read the full statement

Added May 8, 2016


Residential School Funds go to Healing and Reconciliation
The Anglican Church of Canada has not been "let off the hook" of its obligations to the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, as recently reported in The Globe and Mail.

Read the Bishop's statement regarding the Residential Schools Settlement Agreement

Added May 7, 2016

Bishop of Ottawa: Response to House of Bishops Statement
My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Undoubtedly you have now heard about the House of Bishops statement, which is to be presented at the upcoming Council of General Synod (CoGS).......

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Added March 3, 2016

Primate's Report of The Commission on The Marriage Canon
Council of General Synod received The Report of The Commission on The Marriage Canon.
The report is very comprehensive and reflects the commitment of the members to address General Synod 2013's Resolution C003 in its fullness.

Pastoral Letters

Synod 2015
  •  Bishop's Charge to Synod 2015
  •  Synod 2015 Highlights


Bishop's Gala 2017
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