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Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

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Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Diocese of Nova Scotia and P.E.I.png
CathedralAll Saints Cathedral, Halifax
St. Peter's Cathedral, Charlottetown
Current leadership
BishopSandra Fyfe

The Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island is a diocese of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada of the Anglican Church of Canada. It encompasses the provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and has two cathedrals: All Saints' in Halifax and St. Peter's in Charlottetown. It is the oldest Anglican diocese outside the British Islands. Its de facto see city is Halifax (where the synod offices are located), and its roughly 24 400 Anglicans distributed in 239 congregations are served by approximately 153 clergy and 330 lay readers according to the last available data.[1][2] According to the 2001 census, 120,315 Nova Scotians identified themselves as Anglicans (13% of the province's population),[3] while 6525 Prince Edward Islanders did the same.[4]


The first recorded Anglican services in Nova Scotia were held in Annapolis Royal on October 10, 1710 and in Cape Breton Island in 1745.[5] The Diocese was created on 11 August 1787 by Letters Patent of George III which "erected the Province of Nova Scotia into a bishop's see" and these also named Charles Inglis as first bishop of the see.[6] The diocese was the first Church of England see created outside England and Wales (i.e. the first colonial diocese). At this point, the see covered present-day New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.[7] From 1825 to 1839, it included the nine parishes of Bermuda, subsequently transferred to the Diocese of Newfoundland. In 1849, Archdeacon R. Willis was stationed at Halifax.[8] In 1866, there were two archdeaconries: George McCawley was Archdeacon of Nova Scotia and J. Herbert Read of Prince Edward's Island.[9]

Churches in the diocese that are designated heritage sites include:


Based on the parochial reports from the year 2014 [10] the diocese consists of 239 congregations grouped in 94 parishes, within 10 regions, each having a Regional Dean and an Archdeacon with a total membership of 24,400 people. Of the diocesan clergy 74 are parish Rectors, 19 are Priests in Charge, 101 are retired (many of whom still serve in one or other capacity -including being in charge of a parish). There are two retired bishops, 11 military chaplains; 1 health care chaplain; 2 full-time faculty and the President at the Atlantic School of Theology; 1 full-time University Chaplain and 2 part-time University Chaplains; and 1 Prison Chaplain. The diocese has a successful non-stipendiary clergy programme; currently there are 28 priests and 11 Deacons with that status. There are 330 lay readers trained to administer the sacraments at public services presided by a priest, preach, lead public worship in the absence of clergy, and other pastoral functions.

List of bishops

Nova Scotia

  • Charles Inglis – consecrated August 12, 1787 and died February 24, 1816.
  • Robert Stanser – consecrated May 16, 1816 and died December 23, 1828
  • John Inglis – consecrated March 26, 1825 and died October 27, 1850.
  • Hibbert Binney – consecrated March 26, 1851 and died April 30, 1887.
  • Frederick Courtney – consecrated April 26, 1888 and died, December 29, 1918.
  • Clarendon Worrell – consecrated October 18, 1904, became Metropolitan of Canada in 1915 and Primate of all Canada in 1931 and died August 10, 1934.
  • John Hackenley – consecrated January 6, 1925, became Metropolitan of Canada in 1939 and died November 16, 1943.
  • Frederick Kingston – consecrated Bishop of Algoma April 25, 1940, translated to Nova Scotia in 1944, became Primate of All Canada and Archbishop of Nova Scotia in 1947 and died November 20, 1950.
  • Robert Waterman – consecrated January 27, 1948, installed as coadjutor January 27, 1948, succeeded as diocesan, November 20, 1950 and enthroned January 26, 1951, retired June 20, 1963 and died, December 16, 1984.
  • William Davis – consecrated February 26, 1958, installed as coadjutor February 26, 1958 and succeeded as diocesan July 1, 1963, became metropolitan of the province June 8, 1972, retired August 31, 1975 and died, May 28, 1987.
  • George Arnold – consecrated September 21, 1967 and installed as suffragan September 21, 1967, elected coadjutor May 29, 1975 and succeeded as diocesan September 1, 1975, retired January 1, 1980 and died January 31, 1998.
  • Leonard Hatfield – consecrated October 17, 1976 and installed as suffragan October 17, 1976, elected coadjutor September 27, 1979 and succeeded as diocesan January 1, 1980, retired September 30, 1984 and died September 14, 2001.

Nova Scotia & PEI

  • Arthur Peters – consecrated February 2, 1982 and installed coadjutor February 2, 1982, installed as diocesan November 29, 1984, elected metropolitan of the province October 19, 1997 and title changed from "Archbishop of Nova Scotia" to "Archbishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island" in 1999. Retired February 28, 2002
    • Russell Hatton – elected and consecrated suffragan in 1986, resigned in 1990 and became Bishop to the Armed Forces.
  • Fred Hiltz was elected suffragan on October 6, 1994 and consecrated on January 18, 1995. His title changed to include Prince Edward Island in 1999 and he was elected coadjutor on November 9, 2001. He succeeded as diocesan on March 1, 2002 and resigned as diocesan bishop effective September 20, 2007 to become Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.
  • Sue Moxley graduated from the University of Western Ontario (BA MA) and the University of Michigan (MA Ph.D.Atlantic School of Theology (M.Div.). She was ordained deacon June 29, 1984 and priest March 25, 1985. She was elected suffragan November 2003 and consecrated on March 25, 2004. She was elected diocesan October 20, 2007 and installed on November 23, 2007.[3]
  • Ron Cutler graduated from McGill University with a BTh. He was elected suffragan on May 23, 2008 and consecrated on June 29, 2008, then elected coadjutor-bishop on November 22, 2013 to succeed Sue Moxley at her retirement on March 31, 2014. He was duly installed as diocesan bishop on May 6, 2014.[4]
  • Sandra Fyfe, elected on September 12, 2020 during a vacancy of see following Cutler's retirement in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The consecration took place at the Cathedral Church of All Saints on November 30, 2020,[11] and was broadcast digitally to just over 4,200 live viewers[12] due to strict Public Health restrictions during the ongoing pandemic.




  1. ^[permanent dead link] (accessed 4 July 2015)
  2. ^ [1] (accessed 28 April 2015)
  3. ^ "Religions in Canada". Retrieved October 6, 2010.
  4. ^ "Religions in Canada". Retrieved October 6, 2010.
  5. ^ [2] (accessed 28 April 2015)
  6. ^ "No. 12910". The London Gazette. 7 August 1787. p. 373.
  7. ^ Diocesan site – History (accessed 31 December 2012)
  8. ^ Clergy List 1849, p. 286
  9. ^ The Clergy List for 1866 (London: George Cox, 1866) p. 448
  10. ^[permanent dead link] (accessed 4 July 2015)
  11. ^ "News Alert - Consecration of Bishop-Elect Sandra Fyfe". Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  12. ^ "The Ordination and Consecration of the Reverend Sandra Ruth Fyfe". Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  13. ^ "The Parish of Seaforth on the Web". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25.

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