Robert Renison

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The Most Reverend
Robert John Renison
Church The Church of England in Canada
Province Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario
Diocese Diocese of Moosonee
Installed 1952
  • 1898 (deacon)
  • 1899 (priest)
Consecration 1931
Personal details
Born September 8, 1875
Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland
Died October 6, 1957(1957-10-06) (aged 82)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian/British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Elisabeth Maud Renison (née Bristol)
Alma mater University of Toronto
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Robert John Renison was an Anglican bishop in the mid 20th century.[1]

He was born in Cashel, County Tipperary into an ecclesiastical family on 8 September 1875[2] and educated at Trinity College School and the University of Toronto. Ordained in 1896,[3] his first position was as a curate at the Church of the Messiah, Toronto,[4] after which he was a missionary at Fort Albany. He was the Archdeacon of Moosonee and, after World War I service,[5] the Archdeacon of Hamilton. He was then rector of Christ Church, Vancouver[6] until 1929 when he became Dean of New Westminster. In 1931 he was elected Bishop of Athabasca but only held the post for a year. From then until 1943 he was rector of St Paul’s Toronto when he became the Bishop of Moosonee. In 1952 he became the Metropolitan of Ontario, a position he held until retirement in 1954.[7] He died on 6 October 1957.[8] Renison University College in Waterloo, Ontario is named after him.[9]


  1. ^ Province of Ontario
  2. ^ His father was the Rev. Canon Robert Renison >“Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  4. ^ Church web-site
  5. ^ Canadian Great War project
  6. ^ History of church
  7. ^ The Times, 3 June 1954; pg. 5; Issue 52948; col G Telegrams in brief
  8. ^ The Times, 9 October 1957; pg. 13; Issue 53967; col A Obituary Dr. Robert Renison The Church In Canada
  9. ^ "Canadian Anglican". Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Edwin Frederick Robins
Bishop of Athabasca
Succeeded by
Arthur Henry Sovereign
Preceded by
John George Anderson
Bishop of Moosonee
Succeeded by
Cuthbert Cooper Robinson
Preceded by
John Lyons
Metropolitan of Ontario
Succeeded by
William Lockridge Wright