Christ's Church Cathedral

A place of community, compassion and hope

Who We Are

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We are a varied group who come together from all corners of Hamilton and beyond. All can find a safe and welcoming spiritual home here – straight or gay, young or old, families or singles.

We argue and question and learn from each other, all in a context of love. We like to laugh and have fun together, but we are serious about making a meaningful difference in our community.

Staff

Peter
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The Very Rev. Peter Wall
Dean of Niagara and Rector

Peter Wall has been Rector of the Cathedral and Dean of Niagara since 1998. As Dean, he is responsible for the overall life of the Cathedral parish and takes an active role in the leadership of the Diocese. Peter has been very involved in the church beyond the Cathedral and Niagara, having served on the Council of General Synod, the national Faith Worship and Ministry Committee, the Board of Directors of the Anglican Foundation of Canada and on the national Liturgy Task Force. He currently serves as Anglican Co-Chair of the Anglican-Lutheran Commission for Canada, as well as continuing his work with ‘The Three Cantors’.

 

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The Rev. Canon Dr. Sharyn Hall
Assistant Priest

The Rev. Canon Dr. Sharyn Hall was a parishioner at the Cathedral for many years before she was ordained. She is happy to be returning to the Cathedral as Assistant Priest after retiring from fulltime ministry in parishes in Oakville and Burlington.

She has been the diocesan Ecumenical Officer for many years and currently is the Chair of the Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic Interchurch Committee. She also serves as Chaplain to the diocesan Mothers’ Union. Since 2008, she has been a member of the International Anglican Women’s Network (IAWN) and has attended the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York City. Previously she was Chair of the executive board of Liturgy Canada. Her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto is in historical musicology and before being ordained, she was a part-time Assistant Professor of music history and aesthetics at McMaster University.

Michael

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Michael Bloss
Director of Music Ministries

Michael Bloss leads an enviable musical life as a performer, educator and conductor. He has toured and performed at venues in Europe, Japan, and throughout North America.

Michael performs and has recorded extensively with the Elora Festival Singers, an ensemble with whom he was a Juno nominee. He is a frequent collaborator with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, appearing most recently in performances of Mahler’s eighth Symphony, and has premiered such contemporary works as the North American premiere of Rufus Wainright’s Prima Dona at Toronto’s Luminato Festival. Michael has been featured on CBC Radio and Television, NPR and Swiss Radio. He has also enjoyed work as a collaborative musician with vocalists and instrumentalists.

A respected church musician and choral conductor, Michael has enjoyed a long and distinguished career of music ministry. A keen educator, Michael is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician in organ, piano and choral music at music festivals and diocesan workshops across the country.

When not making music, Michael can be found indulging in his other passion of aviation as a flight instructor.

Alison
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Alison Meredith
Parish Administrator

Alison Meredith has been Parish Administrator and Administrative Assistant to the Dean since 1999. Alison handles the day to day business of the Cathedral office and works closely with both Cathedral and Cathedral Place staff. A life-long Hamiltonian, Alison came to the Cathedral from St. James the Apostle on Ottawa Street north (now closed) where she was the parish secretary.

Alison is always happy to answer questions and offer assistance about the Cathedral and its busy round of activities.

Honorary Clergy

Ralph

The Right Rev. D. Ralph Spence

 

Bill

The Rev. Canon William C. Thomas

 

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The Rev. Canon J. Lefebvre

Eric

The Rev. Dr. Eric Griffin

Peter FordThe Rev. Canon Peter Ford

Doran

The Rev. Canon Paddy Doran

Mills The Rev. Canon Eric Mills

Mitchell

The Right Rev. Clarence Mitchell

 

Art & Architecture

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The austere look of the exterior of the Cathedral is in stark contrast to the beauty and colour found within.  Cathedral Place, the name by which the property is known, houses a variety of amazing and historic works of art.

We invite you to visit the Cathedral and take a look around next time you’re in the neighbourhood.  In the meantime, we are delighted to present a virtual tour for your enjoyment.  The tour will explore many aspects of the Cathedral including some architectural details, the stained glass windows, the both incredible and delightful woodwork, and the reredos.

If you are interested in specific elements of the Cathedral’s interior, please click on any of the photos on this page or on any one of the following links, stained glass windows, reredos, cushions & kneelers, or woodwork for additional information.

Cathedral 1839-1852History

In 1835 Bishop Stewart of Quebec, who had a very large diocese, sent John Gamble Geddes, a 24 year old graduate of the theological seminary at Chambly, with a few month’s apprenticeship in his native Kingston and at Three Rivers, to round up the Anglicans and to help their efforts to build a church.  His building committee consisted of a number of prominent citizens including Allan Napier MacNab and George Hamilton.  There was some acrimony over the selection of proferred building lots, but Nathaniel Hughson’s lot on James Street North won the day.  Hamilton, with a population of about 1,500 had two church buildings, Methodist and Presbyterian.  Members of other denominations worshiped in the court house.  Some Anglicans had joined with the Methodists and Presbyterians and others awaited the occasional Anglican ministrations from Ancaster, but they were ready for a resident clergyman.

Robert J. Weatherall, the architect of Dundurn Castle, was elected to design the building History - Hump Backed Church - Cathedral 1854-75and a handsome one it was, of wood painted to look like stone.  Of course financing was a problem and a bazaar held by the ladies raised enough funds to finish the structure.  Named Christ Church, the parish thrived and in 1853 a larger building was deemed necessary, but it was only partially built – lack of money again.

A section of a design by architect William Thomas was added to the original building, resulting in a partly stone two-level church with a very short chancel.  In 1871 a stone school house was built beside the church to accommodate a growing Sunday School.

A new diocese was to be carved from the Diocese of Toronto and it was expected that Christ Church, Hamilton, would be its Cathedral.  The old church was pulled down and the stone church was opened as the Cathedral in 1876.

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