The Cathedral is about more than just worship, it is about being part of a family. No matter where we've come from, or where we're going, members of the Cathedral family all have one thing in common - a love for our Saviour Jesus Christ. It's nice to know that there is always a place where you can meet face-to-face with people sharing a common interest.
Let us introduce you to some of our leaders. For their photographs, please click here.
The Right Reverend Dr. Geoffrey Peddle, Bishop and Dean of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Right Reverend Dr Geoff Peddle was born in Bonavista and grew up in Trinity, Lethbridge and Whitbourne as the son of a railroader. He holds BA and MA degrees from Memorial University, a Master of Divinity from Queen’s College, and a PhD in Empirical Theology from Cardiff University in Wales. Ordained in 1987, he has served in the Parish of Lake Melville, the Parish of Arnold’s Cove, the Parish of the Ascension and the Parish of the Good Shepherd. He has also served as Diocesan Executive Officer and most recently as Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s College. He is married to Kathy, a nurse, and they have two adult sons, Adam and Benjamin. (Adapted from the Diocesan website)
The Venerable Roger Whalen, B.Mus, M.Div., Rector
Archdeacon Roger Whalen first came to the Cathedral as a Choral Scholar in the late 1980s, while studying Music at Memorial University. After completing his B.Mus degree at Memorial he went on to complete his M.Div. at Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology. Ordained in 2003, he has served in the Parishes of Labrador West, The Holy Trinity, St. Augustine’s, and as Chaplain to Memorial University for six years. He is humbled and honoured to return to the Cathedral as Rector and to serve during what promises to be an exciting time in the history of our Cathedral and our Diocese. His wife Sharon (the real reason he came to the Cathedral 30 years ago) is the Musical Director and organist at the Cathedral, and their daughter, Beth, gets a healthy dose of Church each week!
The Reverend Canon Doctor Frank Cluett, M.A., M.Div., D.D., Honorary Assistant
Dr. Cluett was born in Belleoram, Newfoundland and Labrador. He has served in the parishes of Topsail, Greenspond, Buchans, and Corner Brook, as well as The Ascension in Hamilton, Ontario. Additionally, Dr. Cluett served as the Provost of Queen’s College, Faculty of Theology, Memorial University of Newfoundland for nearly 20 years. He was the first recipient of the degree of Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) awarded by Queen’s College.
The Reverend Canon Margaret Hall, Honorary Assistant
Margaret Hall was born and grew up in St. John's, and was baptised and confirmed in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. She received a Bachelor of Theology Degree at Queen's College in 1992, and then served in the Parishes of Gander, Burin, Bay de Verde, Bridgetown (Nova Scotia), Trinity Bonavista Bay, Whitbourne New Harbour, and twice in the Parish of All Saints, Foxtrap. She feels very blessed to be an Honourary Assistant in the Cathedral Parish. She has come full circle by coming home.
The Reverend Doctor John Hewson, M.A., D. de l'Univ., M.Div., FRSC, Honorary Assistant
Dr. Hewson, Professor Emeritus of Memorial University of Newfoundland, founded the Department of Linguistics at Memorial where he served as Full Professor and Department Head. Upon retiring from Memorial, he enrolled at Queen’s College, where he completed a Master of Divinity degree. Dr. Hewson's father was also a priest in the Anglican Church.
The Reverend Dr. David Bell, B.A., M.A., D.Phil., FRSC, Deacon
David Bell was born in Durham in the north of England and was baptized and confirmed in the Church of England. After the usual schooling he went on to study at the universities of Leeds, Princeton, and Oxford, and at Oxford he also spent two years as an ordinand at St Stephen’s House. He is now a B.A. and M.A. of the University of Leeds in Psychology and Sociology, and a B.A., M.A., and D.Phil. of Oxford University in Theology. In 1970 he left England to take up a teaching position in the Department of Religious Studies at Memorial University, and then, having fallen in love with Newfoundland, he decided to remain. He is now Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Dean of Theology at Queen’s College, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He retired as Head of the Department of Religious Studies at the end of 2011 and is now completing various projects which he did not have time to complete during his headship. His researches encompass Europe, Asia, and Egypt and range in time from the early years of Christianity to the twenty-first century. He has published some two dozen books, more than a hundred articles, and a great number of book reviews. While at Oxford he converted to Greek Orthodoxy and many years later, in 2005, was ordained as a sub-deacon in the Orthodox Church in America. By that time the small Orthodox community in St John’s was using the chapel in Queen’s College for regular Sunday services. It was not long, however, before serious disagreements with some of the principles of the Orthodox Church – not least its refusal to ordain women to the priesthood – led him to leave the Orthodox jurisdiction and return home to the Anglican communion. The Holy Spirit then took charge, and instead of leaving him to enjoy his retirement in peace, demanded that he offer himself to the Anglican Church of Canada for ordination to the diaconate. This was certainly not his intention when he retired, but the voice of the Lord was not to be gainsaid, and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Reverend Derrick Bishop, BSc., BEd., BN., Diploma in Theology, Associate in Theology, Deacon.
Derrick Bishop is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Queen’s College, St. John's. Prior to theological studies, he worked as a registered nurse in Psychiatry/Mental and as a Nursing Instructor in Organizational Development & Learning at Eastern Health.
Mrs. Sharon Whalen
Sharon Whalen was born in Corner Brook and holds a Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education from Memorial University as well as a Master of Arts in Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut. Other studies include the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England and course work in education from the University of Western Ontario. She has held a number of church musician appointments within the United and Anglican traditions in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario. While living in Labrador West, she also conducted the community choir and was an inaugural director of the Labrador West Music Festival and Labrador West Summer Music Conservatory. She is married to an Anglican priest, Roger, and they have one daughter.