Austin Cooke, a parishioner at St. Barnabas’s Anglican Church in Ottawa, would be the first to admit he’s unusually enthusiastic about the Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James, the network of pilgrimage routes to the saint’s legendary burial spot in northeast Spain.
The main purpose of the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain’s Anglican Centre planned for Santiago de Compostela is to give Anglicans and other pilgrims an opportunity to actually receive communion when they finish their pilgrimage, says the Rev. Spencer Reece, an Episcopal priest and national secretary to the bishop of Spain.
It was mid-afternoon when I got the call. Picking up the phone, I was greeted by a friend from a local refugee welcoming centre. Immediately I could tell from the strain in her usually cheerful voice that something was wrong. It didn’t take long for her to explain what it was.
A few dozen seniors waited nervously on Tuesday morning, Jan. 17, cards ready for a game of 45s. Frequent whispers of “Is he here yet?” could be heard among the coffee club crowd as stern-faced, plainclothes RCMP members stood at the door of St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Fredericton.
St. George’s Anglican Church in Lennoxville, diocese of Quebec, does not, at first, look noticeably different from any other Anglican church in small town Eastern Canada.