Diocese of Brandon

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Diocese of Brandon
Ecclesiastical province Rupert's Land
Coordinates 49°50′37″N 99°57′20″W / 49.8435°N 99.9555°W / 49.8435; -99.9555Coordinates: 49°50′37″N 99°57′20″W / 49.8435°N 99.9555°W / 49.8435; -99.9555
Rite Anglican
Cathedral St. Matthew's Anglican Cathedral, Brandon
Current leadership
Bishop The Rt. Rev. William Grant Cliff

The Diocese of Brandon is a diocese of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land of the Anglican Church of Canada. It has an area of 170,000 square kilometres (65,000 sq mi).[1] The Rt. Rev'd William Grant Cliff, (formerly Rector of the Collegiate Chapel of St John the Evangelist at Huron University College, and Canon Precentor of the Diocese of Huron) was elected as the 7th Bishop on October 31, 2015, and was consecrated on March 1, 2016.[2] Its cathedral is St. Matthew's Cathedral in Brandon, which was established in 1952.[3]

The first synod of the diocese of Brandon was held on 24 June 1924. St Matthew's church in Brandon was declared a pro-cathedral in May, 1945 and upgraded to full cathedral status on October 5, 1952. The then rector of St Matthew's, the Reverend B.O. Whitfield, was appointed first Dean of Brandon in 1957. [4]

Bishops of Brandon[edit]

Bishop Name Dates Notes
1st Wilfred Thomas 1924–1950
2nd Ivor Norris 1950–1969
3rd Thomas Wilkinson 1969-1975
4th John Conlin 1975-1992
5th Malcolm Harding 1992-2001
6th Jim Njegovan 2002–2015
7th William Grant Cliff 2016-

Deans of Brandon[edit]

The Dean of Brandon is also Rector of St Matthew's Cathedral.

Source: Diocese of Brandon

  • 1952–1957: Position held by Bishop Ivor Norris
  • 1957–1960: B.O. Whitfield (1st Dean of Brandon)
  • 1960–1965: Morse Lamb Goodman (afterwards Bishop of Calgary, 1968}
  • 1965–1969: Thomas W. Wilkinson (afterwards Bishop of Brandon, 1969)
  • 1969–1975: John Conlin (afterwards Bishop of Brandon, 1975)
  • 1975–1979: Harry Hobbs
  • 1980–1987: Noel Goater
  • 1987–1992: Thomas Crawford
  • 1992–2002: James Njegovan (afterwards Bishop of Brandon, 2002)
  • 2003–2013: Robin Walker
  • 2014–2016: Nigel Packwood
  • 2016-present: Don Bernhardt


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  2. ^ Diocesan web-site Archived 2011-08-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Cathedral web-site
  4. ^ "Some history...". The Diocese of Brandon. Retrieved 8 April 2015.