The Reverend Canon Gwen Bright

May 9, 2014     Category: About Us, OUR STAFF

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The Reverend Canon Gwen Bright

Canon Gwen is currently an Honorary Assistant in All Saints’ Cathedral, where she presides, preaches and offers occasional pastoral care.

The honorary title of “canon” is given to a priest (and occasionally to a lay person) in recognition of ministry offered in support of the diocese. Before becoming Rector of St. Patrick’s, Edmonton, Gwen was responsible for our Diocesan Hospital Chaplaincy, while also doing interim ministry in many parishes of the Diocese. In 1996, the Bishop “seated” Gwen in the canon’s stall honouring the medieval English theologian and saint, Julian of Norwich (All the canons’ stalls are in the chancel).

Gwen loves to learn and loves to teach. For years she mentored EFM (Education For Ministry) groups of laity as they explored the Faith. Her imagination and communication skills have been honed over the years by eclectic reading and creative writing – and by teaching English and Physical Education in city high schools, where she also coached. The sports coverage she did on community television drew on all those skills.

More recently, her interest in St. Hildegard von Bingen led to three years of co-leading workshops on the medieval mystic’s life and music, and to assisting with the production of Hildegard’s dramatic “Ordo Virtutum”, performed in All Saints’ in 2011. Canon Gwen’s real claim to fame is that on the night she was ordained in 1987, the Oilers won the Cup!


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