News 2014

Holiday Hours

Karen Isaacs will be on holiday from December 19 at 12:30 pm.  The office will reopen on January 5 at 8:30 am.  Bishop Patrick will be on holiday from December 24 – January 3.


York-Scarborough is gathering quite a collection of fantastic resources available for clergy and parishes to use or borrow.  Also on this page are a number of new links, including a link to Feasts & Fasts: exploring the rhythms of the Christian year, a popular blog written by the Rev. Catherine Side Hamilton on the feast days and fast days, saints and sinners of the Christian year.  Catherine says “My hope is that it will offer people a way to live in “Christian time”, in the midst of their busy lives.”  Be sure to check it out!

Another new link is to the Centre for Excellence in Christian Education, a valuable resource in our Diocese.

New Regional Dean

The new regional dean in the Scarborough deanery is the Rev. Greg Carpenter, beginning October 1, 2014.  We are grateful to the Rev. Heather McCance for her valuable and faithful service as regional dean over the last four years.

Reimagining Church Course to Run in York Mills Deanery

The Reimagining Church course is being taught in the York-Mills Deanery this fall by Bishop Patrick Yu and Karen Isaacs.  For more information contact the York Mills regional dean, Rev. Simon Li, at

“Sharing Faith” Cards Now Available

You may have been hearing rumours of a new initiative starting in York-Scarborough, called “Sharing Faith Dinners”.  This is a Canadianised version of a relatively new American program that invites parishioners into a conversation over dinner, facilitated by a deck of cards with questions about faith on them.  There are a number of decks available at the Bishop’s Office for purchase or borrowing.  Please contact Karen at 416-363-6021 ext 253 or for more details or to obtain a set.


On a little-used section of our website is the page “Bishop in the Hotseat”, where Bishop Patrick has agreed to answer questions posed to him by priests and laity.  The first question is up: feel free to send in your own!

Summer Hours

The Diocesan office will be closed on Fridays in July and August.  Regular office hours will recommence in September.

Bishop Patrick will be on holidays June 20 – July 7 and August 29 – September 9.
Karen Isaacs will be on holidays June 26 – July 6 and August 29 – September 7.

Recent Events:

Clergy Conference 2014

The Clergy Conference 2014 took place from June 4- 6, 2014 at Brock University in St. Catharines.  The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, was the guest speaker.  All who came agreed that he was a wonderful speaker and a treat to listen to.  Videos of the conference will be posted soon, in a location to be determined.

Parish Leadership Workshop 101

The York-Scarborough Parish Leadership workshop was held on Saturday, April 26 at St. Matthew, Oriole.  There was a good turnout of parish leaders and almost without exception reports of the day were very positive.  Some of the comments afterwards:

“Push attendance! Make it required for treasurers and wardens.”

“Great presentations, and very informative and knowledgeable presenters.”

“I learned a lot!!”

“Each year offers new insights and helpful refreshers.”

Grace Church in Scarborough Grand Opening!

Grace Church in Scarborough celebrated an official grand opening on Saturday, January 25 with an open house followed by a service of consecration.  Bishop Patrick preached and presided.