Tuesday, October 30, 2007
150th Anniversary of the Diocese of Huron
More than 9,000 worshippers packed the John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario on Sunday to mark the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Huron, in what may have been the largest religious gathering Southwestern Ontario has ever seen.
It marked 150 years to the day that on Wednesday, October 28, 1857 the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Cronyn, Rector of London, Canada West, was consecrated Bishop of Huron in the chapel of Lambeth Palace, London, England. The consecrating prelates were the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishops of Winchester, Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone. It was the first time in the Anglican world that clergy and laity had elected a Bishop. On July 9th, 1857, Dr. Cronyn had received 22 clerical votes and 24 lay votes while Archdeacon Alexander Bethune, later Bishop of Toronto, received 20 clerical and 10 lay.
Attending the event on Sunday were Anglican bishops from across Canada along with the Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The new Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz was preacher and Bishops Howe and Bennett from Huron were concelebrants in the 3-hour celebration and worship service.