The Diocese of New Westminster

The Diocese of New Westminster

The Diocese of New Westminster consists of 68 (66 active parishes and 2 emerging faith communities) worshiping and serving communities in mission together across the southwest part of the province of British Columbia from the Sunshine Coast to the west to Hope located 150 kilometres east of the City of Vancouver.

It is divided into 6 archdeaconries and 11 regional deaneries. It was established in 1879. The eighth bishop of New Westminster the Rt. Rev. Michael Ingham resigned August 31st, 2013, after nearly 20 years of servant-leadership.

At an Electoral Synod held at the Cathedral Church of the Diocese, Christ Church on November 30th, 2013, the Reverend Canon Melissa Skelton of the Diocese of Olympia in Washington State was elected. She was consecrated and installed the Right Reverend Melissa M. Skelton the 9th Bishop of New Westminster on March 1st, 2014.

The Diocesan mission statement is "Growing communities of faith in Jesus Christ to serve God's mission in the world." 

Governance & Council

The Governance of the Diocese of New Westminster is done at Synod by Synod and by Diocesan Council.

Diocesan Council is the decision making, governing body of the Diocese of New Westminster consisting of: Diocesan Officers (Bishop, Chancellor, Treasurer); 2 of the aggregate 9 from the following group in parenthesis (Dean of the Diocese, the 6 Archdeacons, the Director of Deacons and the Executive Archdeacon); one of the two additional Diocesan Legal Officers, (Registrar or Legal Assessor); Archdeaconry reps, one lay, one ordained, total of 12 and 2 youth delegates.

An Archdeaconry is a group of churches, geographically affiliated and the reps are elected at the Synod Meetings. Synod Staff also attend meetings but are members of Diocesan Council with voice but no vote; they include: Business Administrator, the Executive Archdeacon if she or he has not been chosen as a voting member and the Director for Mission and Ministry Development (and other staff as required).

Diocesan Synod consists of all the eligible clergy in the Diocese of New Westminster (Resolution 1 passed May 23rd, 2014 at the 115th Synod, view below) and 2-6 lay people elected from each diocesan parish proportionate to the size of the parish community. Diocesan Council functions as the Synod between Synods, it is a representation of the large group that meets bi-annually.

Diocesan Council and Diocesan Synod are both chaired by the Bishop. Diocesan Council is adjourned for the months of July and August.

The Diocesan Profile assembled to provide information to prospective candidates for bishop in advance of the November 30th, 2013, Electoral Synod. View the full Diocesan Profile below.

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Upcoming Events

Confirmation Prep Day - "I Will With God's Help"

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Diocesan Synod 2017

May 26 - 27, 2017



Striking a 'Fair Balance'

  The Work of the Assessment Task Force  As Paul travelled through the eastern Mediterranean carrying the good news of God in Christ to Gentiles and Jews, he also carried a sense of responsibility for the Christian... Read More


Chrism Mass 2017

On Tuesday, April 11 at 12:10 The Holy Eucharist with Reaffirmation of Baptismal and Ordination Vows, and Blessing of Holy Oils was celebrated at Christ Church Cathedral with Bishop Skelton as presider and preacher.... Read More


Bishop Skelton's "Topic" Easter Message

In either the March or April issues of Topic, (the publication of the Diocese of New Westminster published 10 months a year and available as a section of the national publication, The Anglican Journal) Bishop... Read More


Clergy News for the First Week of April 2017

Bishop Skelton has appointed the Reverend Tim Dutcher Walls 1/2 time priest-in-charge of St. David's, Delta located in Tsawwassen. Pastor Tim will begin his ministry June 1, 2017, the day after the Reverend Denise... Read More

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Archivist to Animator

The Office of the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada announced today, Monday, April 3, 2017, that Melanie Delva currently Archivist at the Diocese of New Westminster and the Ecclesiastical Province of British... Read More


Clergy and Money

More than 60 clergy of the diocese attended an all day session held in the Conference Room of the Synod Offices on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The day was titled “Money, Memorial Gardens and Sacraments – One of the... Read More


Episcopal Visitor

On Thursday, March 16 the Synod Office and Bishop Skelton were hosts to the Right Reverend Dr. Fred Sheldon Mwesigwa, Ankole Diocese, Church of Uganda. The Cathedral Church is St. James’ in Ruharo. Bishop Mwesigwa... Read More


Wardens and Treasurers Training Day - 2017

More than 60 Wardens and Treasurers of the Diocese of New Westminster attended the annual information session presented by Bishop Skelton and the staff of the Synod Office, Saturday, March 11, 2017. The day began... Read More


Happy Birthday Bishop Skelton

At 10am on Tuesday, March 14 the Synod Staff of the Diocese of New Westminster gathered in the kitchen shared by the Synod Office and St. John's, Shaughnessy for the traditional birthday song and a piece of cake to... Read More

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A very Happy Birthday on March 6 to the Most Reverend Douglas Hambidge. It is a milestone birthday for the Archbishop and we wish him many happy returns. Archbishop Hambidge served as Bishop of Caledonia from 1969... Read More

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News About Deacons Around the Diocese

Several deacons are moving into new roles in the diocese:   The Reverend Chris Magrega has left Holy Trinity Cathedral in New Westminster and is in the process of taking up residence as deacon at St. Augustine,... Read More

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The Ven. Bruce Morris Honoured with Fellowship

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Executive Archdeacon’s office at the Diocese of New Westminster received the following Media Release from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia. Sechelt CPA... Read More

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Farewell Mother Monette

It was a bittersweet luncheon in the Trendell Lounge (the shared space of the Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster and St. John’s, Shaughnessy) on St. Valentine’s Day, 2017 as Bishop Skelton and Synod Staff... Read More


“Humanity is One Family”

An Interfaith Service of Prayer in Solidarity with the Islamic Community of Greater Vancouver February 3, 2017 at Christ Church Cathedral In her February 1st,  2017 message to the people of the Diocese of New... Read More


Clergy and Staff News, February 1, 2017

Bishop Skelton has appointed former St. Mary the Virgin, Sapperton interim priest the Reverend Maggie Rose Muldoon, interim-priest-in-charge of St. Alban's Richmond beginning February 1, 2017. The Reverend John... Read More


Interfaith Service of Prayer at Christ Church Cathedral, Feb. 3 @3pm

An Interfaith Service of Prayer in solidarity with the Islamic Community of Greater Vancouver at Christ Chruch Cathedral, 690 Burrard at West Georgia, Friday, February 3 at 3pm Anglican Bishop Melissa Skelton... Read More


UPDATE - Clergy News Around the Diocese Christmas 2016

The Reverend Shirley Stockdill who had announced her retirement prior to completing her ministry posting as interim priest in charge at All Saints’, Burnaby in July of 2016 has been appointed interim priest in... Read More


UPDATE! Clergy News Around the Diocese December 2016

It was announced on Sunday, December 18, Advent IV that the Reverend Canon Kevin Hunt who arrived from England 20 months ago to serve as interim priest in charge at St. James' has been appointed rector of that... Read More


Retired Clergy and Spouses Luncheon, December Edition 2016

More than 70 retired clergy and spouses gathered December 1, 2016, at the Synod Offices, 1410 Nanton for the annual Advent version of the Retired Clergy and Spouses Luncheon for the Diocese of New Westminster. The... Read More


Bishop's Pastoral Letter Regarding the Marriage Canon

Greetings to you all At General Synod 2016 a 2/3 majority of delegates in each house (laity, clergy and bishops) voted to amend the marriage canon to make marriage available to “all persons who are duly qualified by... Read More

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Clergy News Around the Diocese - November 2016

There will be a Celebration of New Ministry at St. Aidan and St. Bartholomew, Gibson’s Landing as the Reverend Brian Heinrich is installed as vicar on St. Lucy’s Day, Tuesday, December 13 at 5:30pm. Bishop Skelton... Read More


Clergy Day on P.A.D. and Related Pastoral Care

On Wednesday, November 15, approximately sixty clergy of the diocese and nine visiting experts gathered in the main conference room and other locations around the Synod Offices to discuss Physician Assisted Death... Read More


Pastoral Letter: US Elections Results

Dear People of the Diocese of New Westminster I awoke this morning, as many of you did, in shock, grief and confusion as the elections in the US concluded. While, as a person born in the US, I could offer my own... Read More