Anglican Samizdat

April 27, 2009

Diocese of Niagara: building occupation 101

Filed under: Diocese of Niagara — David Jenkins @ 10:03 am

Rev. Cheryl Fricker is the rector of St. Aidan’s Oakville; she has also been parachuted into St. Hilda’s as the “priest in charge” at the diocesan Potemkin St. Hilda’s.

At the building sharing hearing, the court gave the diocese access to St. Hilda’s building from 7:00 am – 10:00 am Sunday morning and for a 4 hour afternoon  and 3 hour evening period. The diocese, having no shame whatsoever, has appealed to people attending local parishes to come to their 8:30 a.m. Sunday service. They haven’t had much success. Orthodox Christians who remain in the diocesan parishes have expressed disgust at the diocesan attempts to create a bogus parish.

All this is being done to create the illusion that the diocese needs the building to accommodate the hoards of  people desperate to attend a diocesan service in the sparsely furnished, orange-carpeted, mould-smelling structure at 1258 Rebecca Street, Oakville.

The diocese is so confident  – or perhaps sloppy – that they are not even bothering to conceal the fact they are moving meetings from another parish to St. Hilda’s simply for the reason of occupying it. For example St. Aiden’s brazenly advertises that it has moved its bible study location:

Wednesday Bible Study

St. Aidan’s, Oakville

Our Wednesday Bible Study resumes looking at the resurrection appearances of Jesus in the four Gospels. All are welcome 1:30 to 3:00 at St. Hilda’s Anglican Church Oakville

Cost: no fee

April 29, 2009 – 1:30

There is little hope that anyone in the diocesan administration has enough moral fibre to protest, but, parishioners of St. Aidan’s, you do not need to be a party to the diocese’s contemptible games.



  1. Methinks a visit to the main service at St Aidan’s might be very telling if one is counting numbers.

    Comment by Gawk — April 27, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

  2. BTW you did read the header for this? “All over the diocese people are gathering, praying and celebrating life. The Diocese of Niagara and our parish communities extend an open invitation to everyone, to join us in any of these events.” That is “everyone” which I suppose means even you. Is there truth in advertising?

    Comment by gawk — April 28, 2009 @ 7:01 am

  3. I’m on the ACoC version of the “no fly” list.

    Comment by David — April 28, 2009 @ 7:03 am

  4. Thought you said you’d been thrown out of the church and locked out.

    So you really still have access for 158 hours a week?

    Comment by 1234 — April 29, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

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