Diocese of Huron
Diocese of Huron
|Denomination||Anglican Church of Canada|
|Cathedral||St. Paul's Cathedral, London|
The Diocese of Huron is a diocese of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario of the Anglican Church of Canada. The diocese comprises just over 31,000 square kilometres of the extreme south-western portion of the civil province of Ontario, sandwiched between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. Its See city is London, and its parish rolls of 50,000 are served by 177 congregations.
The territory covered by the diocese was under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Quebec until 1839, and was included in the Diocese of Toronto from 1839 until 1857. Its first bishop, Benjamin Cronyn, was the first to be elected by a diocesan synod in Canada.
Apart from London, other major communities included within the diocese are Brantford, Cambridge, Chatham, Kitchener, Sarnia, Stratford, Waterloo, and Windsor. Apart from its many parishes, the diocese maintains chaplaincies at Canterbury College in Windsor, Renison University College in Waterloo and Huron University College in London, which has an affiliated seminary. A parish in Brantford, Ontario also supports chaplaincy ministry at the local campus of Wilfrid Laurier University.
The Diocesan Bishop from July 2009 - November 2017 was Robert Bennett, who retired November 1, 2016. He was supported by Terry Dance, who was elected as suffragan bishop on 28 March 2009 and consecrated in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Ontario, on 6 June 2009. Bishop Terry Dance retired December 31, 2015. The Rt Rev Linda Nicholls, former suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Toronto area of Trent-Durham was elected Coadjutor Bishop on February 13, 2016, and assumed the role of the diocesan bishop on November 1, 2016, with the retirement of the Rt Rev Robert Bennett.
The interim dean of St. Paul's Cathedral was the Rt Revd Barry Clarke, formerly of the Diocese of Montreal. Bishop Clarke was appointed upon the departure of the Very Revd Kevin Dixon, who has accepted a new position with a non-governmental organization. The Rev Paul Millard was appointed by Bishop Linda Nicholls as Dean of St Paul's Cathedral on May 15, 2017. Paul Millward will be inducted as Dean of Huron at the opening worship service of the 176th Diocesan Synod on May 28, 2017.
Bishops of Huron
|Bishop of Huron||Name||Dates||Notes|
|4th||David Williams||1905-1931||Metropolitan of Ontario, 1926–1931|
|5th||Charles Seager||1932-1948||Metropolitan of Ontario, 1944–1948|
|10th||Percy O'Driscoll||1990–2000||Metropolitan of Ontario, 1993–2000|
- Diocesan website.
- Diocesan archives.
- List of parish website links.
- Deaneries of the Diocese of Huron.
- Diocesan 150th anniversary website.
- Huron University College website.
- Renison University College website.