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February 23, 2014

A Wonderful Phone Call From a Retired Bishop

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A Wonderful Phone Call From a Retired Bishop
by Dick Hunt, Sunday, February 23’d, 2014.

The call was yesterday from the retired Bishop of Saskatoon Diocese, the Rt. Rev’d Rodney Andrews. He recalled that 50 years ago yesterday, he had been ordained in St. George’s Church, Stettler, Alberta and that I had preached the Sermon. The Bishop was the Rt. Rev’d. George Calvert, Bishop of Calgary, who had also ordained me. He had sent me this young man from a town called Delburne whose parents were United Church members, to be prepared for Confirmation and we spent many hours together. He was a keen candidate, was Confirmed in Stettler with a class of 18. He went on to Theological College to prepare for Ordination and in the summer months he came to Stettler and served very well as our Student Minister.

After Ordination in Stettler in 1964 he went on to serve Parishes in Southern Alberta, during which time he learned to fly his own Airplane, then a Commercial Turboprop and became a copilot with Lethbridge Air. He then Ministered near Lethbridge, was paid by the Airline for a set schedule.

He worked in a Parish voluntarily and with great effect. He told me yesterday that he is teaching many young people to fly planes and to fly for Christ. He has flown for Missions and still flies his own Plane. We had a great talk.

Then he told me he will be at the Consecration of our new Bishop Mellisa Skelton on March first in Vancouver. My mind clicked and I wondered if some of our Delegates from St. John’s might be able to meet him there. I have set in motion a possible opportunity and have alerted Val and Terry McCafferty to the possibility of making contact with him. Others of our Parish and of St. George’s Parish might also seek to meet him.

He has over the years been active in General Synod affairs, and has a very keen interest in helping people. He is a very happy Christian with a magnetic personality. I was so happy yesterday as we were able to visit and recall our happy association over the years. It is my great hope that he will be one of the Bishops who will lay hands on our new Bishop in the Cathedral in Vancouver during the Service of Consecration. And I may be able to attend too, courtesy of my generous friends.

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