The Anglican Church
The Anglican Church
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a small part of the world-wide Anglican Communion – our larger family of faith! Find information here about the various levels of the Anglican Church.
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is the Cathedral for the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador. The Diocese is one of seven dioceses in the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada, which in turn is one of four Provinces in the Anglican Church of Canada. The Anglican Church of Canada is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
About the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador
We are a diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada located on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland and across most of Labrador. With 35 parishes and over 30,000 members, our diocese supports a large range of parish, teaching and institutional ministries for people of all ages.
About the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada
One of four Ecclesiastical Provinces in the Anglican Church of Canada, the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada consists of seven dioceses: Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, Central Newfoundland, Western Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Montreal.
About the Anglican Church of Canada
The Anglican Church of Canada is an autonomous national church within the Anglican Communion consisting of over 800,000 members on parish rolls (although many more identify themselves as Anglican in the census). The first Anglicans in Canada were 16th century English explorers led by Martin Frobisher and his chaplain, The Reverend Robert Wolfall. The church did not become established here, however, until the consecration of Charles Inglis as bishop of Nova Scotia in 1787. He had responsibility for colonists and missionary work as far west as Niagara. The Canadian church developed and grew with the country, becoming administratively independent of the Church of England even as Canada became a self governing dominion within the Commonwealth. The head of the Anglican Church of Canada is the Primate – the presiding bishop of the national church. The current primate of the Anglican Church of Canada is Archbishop Linda Nicholls.
About the Anglican Communion
The Anglican Communion is a worldwide family of Christian Churches with some 70 million members in 164 countries. In its country of reformation origin it is called the Church of England; in other countries, it is usually called the Anglican or Episcopal Church. Anglicanism worldwide shares a common liturgical and theological tradition, catholic and reformed, which is expressed in local contexts in a wide variety of languages and customs. While each national or regional church within the Communion is autonomous, the Archbishop of Canterbury is its spiritual head and the chief sign of its unity.