Ordination to the Priesthood held in St Matthew’s Anglican Church Tisdale, Sasaktchewan
Tisdale, Wednesday, December 15, 2010 by: Marilyn Cay
A joyful and important event took place in St. Matthew’s Anglican Church on Saturday, December 11, 2010 - the Ordination to the Priesthood of Gethin Edward. The Bishop of Saskatchewan Diocese, The Right Reverend Michael W. Hawkins performed the service in our church before the congregation, family, friends and visiting clergy. To the best of anyone's knowledge, this is the first time St. Matthew’s has had this honour in its 103 year history.

Fr. Gethin Edward arrived in Tisdale in early July. He came to us as a Deacon and has settled into life in St. Matthew’s and Tisdale in a lovely, friendly manner. The Synod Office in Prince Albert provided the particulars of his training and experience.

He was born in
Charlottetown, PEI in 1974. In 1998 he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kings College, Halifax. He was the “Sacristan” (the care of the sacred vessels, vestments, etc) from 1993-98. In 1999 he married Meg. They have three sons. In 2002 he received his Master of Divinity from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. His thesis was titled Harmony in Difference (The Nature of Christian Apologetics). He was assistant Curate at St. Andrew’s Parish in the Diocese of Fredericton from 2006-09.

St. Matthew’s ladies served a beautiful luncheon to honour the occasion in the church hall. A very special cake, complete with a replica of the church in icing, was provided by
Eileen Godson. A time of celebration and fellowship continued throughout the afternoon.

Fr. Gethin’s parents,
Michael and Catherine Edward and his brother Eric and his son were able to come to Tisdale from PEI. Also, clergy from other points in the Diocese were here to participate in the Ordination.

St. Matthew’s Church is very pleased and proud to have the
Rev’d Gethin Edward (and his wife Meg and their young boys) as our Rector. Rev’d Edward celebrated his first Communion Service as Priest the following morning in St. Matthew’s Church.

St. Matthew’s lay readers, Robert Cay, Rev'd Gethin Edward, Norman Cay
front;Tina McMunn and Susan Rosvold