Tuesday, August 21, 2007


St. Hilda-St. Luke's, Tyrconnell Swap Priests

On September 1, the Rev Patrick Byrne, currently Interim in the Parish of Tyrconnell, will become Incumbent of the Parish of St Hilda's-St Luke's, St. Thomas. The Rev Canon Brenda Clark, currently the rector of St. Hilda-St. Luke's, St. Thomas, will will provide part time Incumbency ministry to the Parish of Tyrconnell (St. Peter's Tyrconnell, Grace Church, West Lorne; Church of the Nativity, Dutton; St. Stephen's, Burwell Park).

Canon Clark was ordained in 1970 in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. In 1987 she came on the strength of the Diocese of Huron as rector of St. Stephen's Gorrie and Trinity, Fordwich. In 1989 she was appointed Regional Dean of Saugeen South and in 1990 Regional Dean of Saugeen North. Appointed rector of the parish of Christ Church, Meaford and St. James' Church, Fairmount in 1991 she held that appointment until 2001 when she was named to St Hilda's-St Luke's. In 1991 she was named to the Cathedral Chapter of Canons and in 1992 she was named Archdeacon of Saugeens. Upon moving to Delaware Deanery, she was twice appointed Regional Dean.

Rev Byrne is joining St Hilda's-St. Luke's as they celebrate their 50th and 90th Anniversaries. St Hilda's and St Luke's churches amalgamated in 1993 when the St. Luke's Church building was sold and parishioners joined with St Hilda's in its newly renovated church. A chapel was added to the building which includes the altar, some pews and many artifacts from St Luke's Church.