Lay Anointers

The Church’s ministry to the sick (and those in distress) is based on Jesus’ constant concern and care for those in need. It is reinforced by the Epistle of James’ admonition to the sick (and those in distress) to call for the elders of the Church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. James expects this rite to have three effects: the prayer of faith will save the sick; the Lord will raise them up; and their sins will be forgiven (Book of Alternative Services, Ministry to the Sick, pg. 551).

The Bishop’s Committee on Healing was established in 1971 by Archbishop Lewis Garnsworthy to support the ministry of healing in the Diocese. The formation of the committee has helped to re-establish healing as an integral part of the ministry of the Church. One of its responsibilities is the annual training of lay anointers to support pastoral care provided in parishes. Each anointer is licensed by the area bishop and works under the supervision of parish clergy. Further support is offered to lay anointers through refresher days held each year on topics helpful to their ministry.

The committee is committed to education across the Diocese, providing speakers as requested for parishes, area days, workshops, etc., on a variety of topics related to healing in the church.

Committee members are Sr. Jocelyn SSJD, the Rev. Jo-Anne Billinger (Chair), Mrs. Jane Winstanley, Mrs. Beverly Kingsbury, the Rev. Carol Hardie, the Rev. Grace Caldwell-Hill , the Rev. Joanne Davies, Anita Gittens, Leah Springford.

Upcoming Events:

Refresher Day Training at Trinity Church, Aurora: September 29, 2018 – Watch for more details in spring/summer 2018.


For general information regarding the ministry of lay anointing, contact the Rev. Jo-Anne Billinger, St. Paul the Apostle Anglican Church, 416-743-1993,