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Bishop Riscylla Walsh Shaw, area bishop of Trent-Durham

Bishop Riscylla Shaw

With Métis family roots, Bishop Riscylla Shaw grew up on a small farm, learning from the land. She attended the University of Toronto, where she completed undergraduate studies in French and the humanities and earned a Master of Divinity from Wycliffe College in 1999. Following a few years of youth ministry, she was ordained deacon and then priest in 2001. She lived and served in the parishes of Maple, Minden-Kinmount and Bolton, all in the Diocese of Toronto.

Ordained bishop on Jan. 7, 2017, her ministry has been inspired by Desmond Tutu with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She has served as a witness and an Ambassador for the Anglican Church for Canada’s National Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). She serves on the Jubilee Commission and was a member of the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice that produced the award-winning film Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts as part of its reconciliation mandate. She is a contributor in the publication Decolonizing Discipline – a call to implement TRC Call to Action 6.

Riscylla is connected into justice work and community building and is actively involved in working with the National Indigenous Anglican Church in reconciliation with the colonial church. On a personal note, she is married and has two teenagers, loves fresh air and the northern lights.

Bishop's Office
Trent-Durham Area Office 965 Dundas Street West, Suite 207 Whitby, ON L1P 1G8
Phone: 905-668-1558 Office Hours: Please call Jennipher at 905-833-8327 before visiting or mailing.
Area Administrative Assistant

Jennipher Kean

Bishop's Email
Commissary to the Bishop

the Rev. Canon Anthony Jemmott

Liturgical Officer:
the Rev. Canon Ted McCollum

TD Area Youth Coordinator:
Cormac Culkeen

Pastoral Care Providers to Retired Clergy, Widows & Spouses:
Contact via Area Office

Please call or email before you visit to arrange a specific appointment time or to confirm Bishop Shaw’s availability.

Trent-Durham Deaneries & Regional Deans

Oshawa the Rev. Canon Ruthanne Ward Phone 905-985-7278 Email
Durham & Northumberland the Rev. Jesse Parker Phone 905-885-2171 Email
Peterborough the Rev. Canon Gloria Master Phone 705-639-5214 Email
Victoria & Haliburton the Rev. Canon Ted McCollum Phone 705-426-5972 Email

Trent-Durham Area Council


The Trent-Durham Area Council supports the mission and ministry of the area bishop, the parishes and other community service agencies in this episcopal area. The council initiates and implements programs for Christian education and mission, including an annual Area Day of celebration, a clergy retreat and a lunch for retired clergy, their spouses and widows. It also responds to requests from parishes for counsel and financial support.

The Area Council meets four times each year: March, June, September and December. It meets in a different parish each time.


The Area Council consists of the following members:

  • area bishop
  • regional deans
  • clergy representatives
  • lay representatives (2 or 3 per deanery)
  • Youth Social Justice Coordinator

Lay members

  • Thom Park – Oshawa Deanery
  • Doug Willoughby – Oshawa Deanery
  • Bill Moore-Ede – Durham-Northumberland Deanery
  • Sharon O’Connor – Durham-Northumberland Deanery
  • Cormac Culkeen – TD Area Youth Coordinator

Regional deans

  • The Rev. Canon Anthony Jemmott –  TD Area Commissary
  • The Rev. Canon Ruthanne Ward – Oshawa Deanery
  • The Rev. Canon Ted McCollum – Victoria-Haliburton Deanery
  • The Rev. Jesse Parker – Durham-Northumberland Deanery
  • The Rev. Canon Gloria Master – Peterborough Deanery

Clergy members

  • The Rev. Barbara Russell – Durham-Northumberland Deanery
  • The Rev. Lucia Lloyd – Durham-Northumberland Deanery
  • The Rev. Frank Tyrell – Peterborough Deanery
  • The Rev. Brad Smith – Victoria-Haliburton Deanery
  • The Rev. Joan Cavanaugh-Clark – Victoria-Haliburton Deanery

Trent-Durham Grants

Trent-Durham Area Council designates a portion of its budget for grants for parish ministry in the areas of:

  • congregational development
  • Christian education
  • youth ministry
  • outreach

Grant requests are considered twice a year (September and December). These grants are normally under $10,000. Each application is reviewed by a member of the Area Council and presented with a recommendation to the council. All applications should include consultation with your regional dean.


Other funding opportunities

To give your funding application the best chance of success and to avoid wasted effort, you may want to consider whether your needs may be better served by applying to one of the other diocesan funding opportunities.

Visit the Grants and Funding section for guidelines, application forms, timelines and FAQs for grants available from the Diocese

Trent-Durham Resources

Prayer resources

Vacant incumbencies

For the most recent list of vacant incumbencies across the Diocese, see Clergy in Motion.

Clergy from outside the diocese, with the permission of their bishop, may apply through Canon Mary Conliffe, the Diocesan Executive Assistant. They will be asked to provide a letter from their bishop confirming that they have his or her permission to apply.

BY BISHOP’S DIRECT APPOINTMENT (Bishop receiving names):

None at this time.


Phase One – PSC Being Formed (not yet receiving names):
None at this time.

Phase Two – Parish Profile Published (Bishop receiving names):
None at this time.

Phase Three – PSC Interviewing Candidates (no longer receiving names):
None at this time.

Durham & Northumberland

Address: 250 Mill Street South, Newcastle, ON L1B 1C5
Fax: 905-987-4691
Address: 11 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, ON L1C 3A3
Fax: 905-623-2131
Address: 48 Sanford Street, Brighton, ON K0K 1H0
Address: Churchill Road, Gore's Landing, ON K0K 2E0


Address: 150 Victoria Street East, Whitby, ON L1N 9L8
Fax: 905-668-7402
Address: 882 Kingston Rd., Pickering, ON L1V 1A8
Fax: 905-839-3152
Address: 101 Winchester Road East, 4 blocks East of Highways 7 & 12, Brooklin, ON L1M 1B5
Fax: 905-655-5965
Address: 1175 Cedar Street, Oshawa, ON L1J 3R8
Address: 59 Toronto Street South, Uxbridge, ON L9P 1N1
Fax: 905-852-5623
Address: 135 Wilson Road South, Oshawa, ON L1H 6B9
Fax: 905-725-9562
Address: 3505 Church Street, Blackstock, ON L0B 1B0
Address: C/o Whitecliffe Terrace Retirement Residence, 1460 Highway #2, Courtice, ON L1E 3C4


Address: , Stony Lake, ON
Fax: Cell: 239-249-9431
Address: 945 Frank Hill Rd., Emily Line 6 North of Fowler's Corner, Emily, ON
Address: 566 Armour Rd., Peterborough, ON K9H 1Z1
Fax: 705-742-1894
Address: 81 Queen St, Queen and Regent Streets, Lakefield, ON K0L 2H0
Fax: 705-652-8702
Address: 1 George St. East, Corner of George & Oak Streets, Havelock, ON K0L 2V0
Address: 120 Main St. , Apsley, ON K0L 1A0
Fax: 705-652-8702
Address: 11 West Bay Road, (across from the lock), Apsley, ON K0L 1A0
Fax: 705-652-8702
Address: 1758 County Rd. 10, Ida, ON L0A 1C0

Victoria & Haliburton

Address: 617 Mountain Street, Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0
Fax: 705-457-9618
Address: 383 Osborne Street, Beaverton, ON L0K 1A0
Address: Durham Road 23, Sunderland, ON L0C 1H0