The York-Credit Valley Episcopal Area covers the southwestern part of the Diocese of Toronto and comprises more than 50 different parishes and ministries, organized into four deaneries. In addition to English, services in this diverse and multicultural area are held in Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Malayalam, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. There are also Sudanese, Kenyan, Igbo, and Ghanaian congregations.
The College of Bishops is sharing Episcopal oversight of the York-Credit Valley Area at this time. Please contact the Area Administrative Assistant for more information and to have your concerns forwarded to the appropriate person.
Social Justice Officer:
the Rev. Claudette Taylor
Youth Ministry Coordinator:
Ms. Constance Kendall, ODT
Chaplain to Retired Clergy:
the Rev. Canon Jim Woolley
Please contact via the episcopal area office
The York-Credit Valley Area Council supports the mission and ministry of York-Credit Valley. Per Canon 44, the council advises the area bishop, providing suggestions on:
The responsibilities of Area Council are to:
The YCV Area Council meets 6-10 times a year at churches throughout the area. For 2021, there will be four meetings on Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm, as follows:
Area Council must consist of a minimum of 10 members, including (but not restricted to):
Elected members are limited to a maximum of three successive terms of two years each, following which they can’t be elected again for two years. Appointed members can serve without a term limit.
One member is appointed as chair by the area bishop. This position isn’t subject to a term limit.
The council’s budget is resourced directly from the diocesan budget. The area budget funds:
The budget also provides for area grant funding to York-Credit Valley parishes in the forms of Ministry Development, Parish Partnership and FaithWorks grants.
the Rev. Michael Stuchbery (St. Philip, Etobicoke)
York-Credit Valley Area Council annually awards funding in two categories:
For 2021, Area Council continues to prioritize these two focus areas, with a particular highlight on social media as an area that Council would be very favourable towards. Such grant applications would fall under the Evangelism priority.
Area Council grant awards are capped at $2,000.
Download both the Grant Application Guidance and the Grant Application Form and complete the latter fully, following the instructions. The application form is the same for each of the above categories of Area Council funding. You need to use this form to make an application.
Submit the completed and signed application form, together with any supporting information, to the Bishop’s Office by email as PDF. If your application is incomplete, we’ll return it to you so you can re-submit it by the application deadline. The Area Council receives grant applications in March/April and October/November.
The next submission deadline is October 1, 2021.
If your project receives funding, you’ll need to submit a written report to Area Council (care of the Bishop’s Office) within 12 months of receiving the grant.
Download and use the York-Credit Valley Area Grant Feedback Report Form to shape your report.
Note: If your parish or organization has previously received a grant, we can’t consider any further grants until we’ve received and reviewed your feedback.
To learn about other diocesan funding opportunities, visit the Grants and Funding page.
Read Bishop Jenny’s pastoral letters to parishes in York-Credit Valley:
For questions about York-Credit Valley episcopal visits for 2021 or to request a visit, please contact Arleane Ralph to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Phase One – PSC Being Formed (not yet receiving names)
Phase Two – Parish Profile Published (Bishop receiving names)
Phase Three – PSC Interviewing Candidates (no longer receiving names)