The Anglican Church of Canada is part of the worldwide Christian Church. There are more than two billion Christians worldwide.
Christians believe that Jesus of Nazareth, a first-century Jewish preacher in Palestine, was in fact God incarnate. We believe Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection saved the world, and we follow his teachings.
Four major branches of Christianity are:
- the Orthodox Church, Eastern and Oriental
- the Roman Catholic Church
- the Anglican Church
- the Protestant churches
Anglicans are influenced by both the Protestant and Catholic traditions.
If you’re completely new to Christianity, try visiting the Church of England online to learn more about Jesus Christ and the Christian faith.
The Anglican Church
The Anglican expression of Christian faith has been shaped over many centuries and is rooted in a rich heritage that reaches back to the early Church.
- embrace the Holy Scriptures as a primary source of authority
- accept the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds as a sufficient statement of the Christian faith
- practise the two sacraments ordained by Christ: baptism and the Eucharist
- continue the tradition of the Historic Episcopate (having bishops whose ministry has been handed down from the first Apostles)
The whole Anglican family worldwide is known as the Anglican Communion. It has more than 80 million members in 165 countries. The parishes, dioceses and provinces of the Anglican Communion support each other in prayer and by sharing resources.
Each national or regional church within the Communion is autonomous. The Archbishop of Canterbury is its spiritual head and the chief sign of its unity.
The Anglican Church of Canada has its roots in the Church of England. Christianity has existed in England since the third century. The Church of England became independent from the Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation in the 16th century. Read more about details the history of the Church of England on the Church of England website.
Anglicanism developed and spread outside England in two stages:
- Starting in the 17th century, it was established alongside colonies in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, India, the West Indies and Guyana
- Starting in the 18th century, missionaries worked to establish Anglican churches in Asia, Africa and Latin America
For more information about the history of the Anglican Church in Canada, read A Brief History on the Anglican Church of Canada website.
Have more questions about Anglicanism or Christianity? Your local parish priest will be happy to tell you more. Find a parish near you in Find a Church/Cleric.
Here are some websites that will help you learn more
the cathedral church of this diocese
home of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine in Toronto
the national Anglican Church
our partners in full communion
the local and regional areas of the Anglican Church of Canada
includes the dioceses of Algoma, Huron, Moosonee, Niagara, Ontario, Ottawa and Toronto
a ministry that affirms the gifts of all Anglican women
structuring our Christian lives to make a difference in the world
encourages the ministry of prayer in Canada
supports ministry within the Anglican Church of Canada
encourages the use of the Bible throughout Canada
Anglican college at the University of Toronto, including a divinity school
an Anglican graduate school of theology at the University of Toronto
national theological school of the Anglican and United churches
helps lead churches into renewal
a fresh expression of church
the Canadian Anglican response for emergency relief, refugees, development and justice
youth initiative of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
ecumenical movement for ecological justice and human rights
promotes the well-being of seafarers and their families
focused on social justice, women’s issues, ecumenism, and the growth of women’s spirituality
Around the world
the worldwide Anglican Church
prayer cycle from the Anglican Communion
the Anglican Church in England
the spiritual head of the global Anglican Communion
the Anglican Church in the US
worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity
a leading force for ecumenical cooperation in the US
an independent site providing news and resources about Anglican church life
common questions and topics about Christianity
independent Anglican newspaper based in the UK
support God’s people in their Christian journey
nurtures low-cost, accessible outdoor space for prayer
a three-year cycle of readings used by many churches
dedicated to loving and honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary