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

The Rev. Canon R. Terry DeForest Rector in the Interim

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Terry was raised in Oakville and has lived most of his life within the Diocese of Niagara.  He experienced a call to ministry in his teens, having been active in his home parish of St. Aidan’s, Oakville, and, coming back from the Niagara Youth Conference [NYC] energized and inspired.

Terry graduated from Huron College (Hon. B.A.)  and the University of Western Ontario (M.A.), and subsequently obtained his M.Div from Cambridge, MA in 1983.

After several parish-based ministries, Terry returned to studies at Trinity College for advanced study in the field of philosophy of religion, working as a Teaching Assistant in the Pastoral Theology Department for several years.  From 2005 until 2013 Terry served in a range of Interim Pastor appointments in towns and cities across the diocese.   Invited to take up a diocesan role by Bishop Michael Bird in 2011, Terry became Advocate and Coordinator for Excellence Ministry (half-time) and then full-time Director of Human Resources in 2013.

The Rev. Dan Tatarnic
Pastoral Assistant

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Born in St. Catharines and ordained in 2002, Dan is married to the Rev. Martha Tatarnic;  he has two children, Cecilia (9 years) and Gordon (7 years).  Dan completed his Bachelor of Arts (philosophy) from Brock University and his Master of Divinity (Honours) from the University of Trinity College, Toronto.  He has submitted his thesis – researching and writing on priestly formation – for his Doctor of Ministry, also from Trinity College.  Dan is a trained spiritual director, and has taught spiritual direction through the Monastery of Mount Carmel, Niagara Falls where he has developed programs and educational / retreat events. He was a member of the Faculty of Trinity College as a teaching and research fellow for several years and has also served in parishes in both the dioceses of Niagara and Toronto.

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Michael Bloss
Director of Music Ministries

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Michael Bloss has developed a celebrated reputation for animated performances, sensitive collaborative playing and illuminative coaching. In an enviable career of touring, performing and recording throughout the world, he was the first Canadian to be awarded the designation of Preisträger at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany playing in Bach’s own church. J.S. Bach remains his first and best love. Currently, Michael leads the parish and diocesan music at Christ’s Church Cathedral, Hamilton following respected tenures at the Cathedral Church of St. James and Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto. He also serves as a CRJ 100/200 Captain at Air Canada Express flying to a variety of US destinations.

Alison

Alison Meredith
Parish Administrator

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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

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The Right Rev. D. Ralph Spence The Rev. Canon William C. Thomas
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The Rev. Canon J. Lefebvre

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The Rev. Dr. Eric Griffin

Peter FordThe Rev. Canon Peter Ford

The Rev. Brian Shoesmith

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The Rev. Cannon Paddy Doran The Rev. Canon Eric Mills

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.

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.

History

Cathedral 1839-1852In 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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