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 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)
It was announced on Easter Day that the new rector will be the Rev'd Roger Whelan, B.Mus, M.Div. He will assume the appointment on June 1st, 2017. We are assisted by the Right Reverend Cyrus Pitman as Interim Parish Administrator until May 31st, 2017.
The Reverend Fr. Paul Rideout, Curate
Father Paul grew up in Moreton's Harbour, Notre Dame Bay,
Newfoundland. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial
University in 2007 where he studied history and religious studies.
In 2010 he graduated with a Master of Divinity (Honours) from
Queen's College. He was ordained to the diaconate in May 2010 and
to the priesthood in November 2010. His interest in church history
led him to spend a month studying in Canterbury. He also
participated in a course on early church history in Rome. Father
Paul spent five years as Rector of the Parish of Port-de-Grave
before joining the Cathedral staff in August 2015.
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 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, Deacon -- Information to Come
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.