Diocese of Keewatin
|Diocese of Keewatin|
|Ecclesiastical province||Rupert's Land|
|Cathedral||St. Alban's Cathedral, Kenora (former)|
|Bishop||Most Rev. David N. Ashdown|
The Diocese of Keewatin is a diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada. As of 1 August 2014, it no longer had any territorial jurisidiction, but will continue to exist as a legal entity until 30 September 2015, when it will formally be closed.
Formerly, the diocese straddled the border of the civil provinces of Manitoba and Ontario, comprising over 900,000 square kilometres. The diocese was geographically isolated, consisting of mainly small, and mostly First Nations communities. The largest of these, Kenora, Ontario, was also the diocese's See city. There were just over 11,000 Anglicans on forty-eight parish rolls. The diocese was established by the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land in 1902, and was a major focus for missionary activity among the indigenous peoples there.
The current bishop (the diocese's ninth) is Archbishop David Ashdown. Elected Bishop of Keewatin in 2001, he was subsequently elected Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert’s Land in June 2009. The dean is the Very Rev. Hugh Matheson.
Planned closure of diocese
As set out a June 2013 resolution of the Anglican Church's General Synod, the diocese of Keewatin will cease to operate on 31 December 2014. It will formally close on 30 September 2015, at which time Archbishop Ashdown will retire as both diocesan bishop and as Metropolitan of Rupert's Land. The First Nations parishes in northwestern Ontario and northern Manitoba were separated from Keewatin on 1 June 2014 to form the new diocese of Mishamikoweesh. Rt. Rev. Lydia Mamakwa, the area bishop for Northern Ontario within the former Keewatin diocese, is now diocesan bishop of Mishamikoweesh.
See also Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Church Directory, 2007. Anglican Book Centre, 2006.