"Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy."
Proverbs 31:8-9

Projects Funded to Date

  • Homework Club (Long Sault)
  • Cornerstone Landing Shelter (Perth)
  • Covenant Chain Links (Almonte)
  • Meal Program (Stittsville)

Emerging Needs

  • Capital Improvements
  • Employment Training
  • Enhanced Programming
  • Chaplaincy Services
  • Social Enterprise

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Focusing Ministry Outward



In the hallway to our Bishop's office hangs a beautiful piece of calligraphy with the words Serving the World God Loves. These words echo our church's vision and mission. Central to our Strategic Plan is the allocation of significant funds to enhance, increase and focus our ministries beyond our individual parishes.

Diocesan Community Ministries

Centre 454 We know from experience that great things can emerge from humble beginnings. A few cots in a church hall have grown into our region's largest shelter for vulnerable women, Cornerstone/Le Pilier. Three other community ministries, Centre 454, the Ottawa Pastoral Centre, and The Well minister to the vulnerable and those in difficult circumstances. Our Community Ministries have, in many ways, become the public face of our diocese in the world. New money from the GIFT campaign will enable our Community Ministries to improve facilities or enhance their ministries with programs not currently funded.

Parish Outreach Initiatives

Cornerstone Women's Shelter ribbon cutting Does your town need a youth drop-in centre, or are many seniors isolated and alone? Perhaps your neighbourhood would benefit from a homework club. Imagine how your parish could respond concretely to a social need in your community. Our current diocesan Strategic Plan sets aside $30,000 per year to seed parish-led outreach initiatives. This funding ends in 2012. With renewed and enhanced funding, we can enable parishes to respond creatively to the social needs in their communities by supporting new and existing programs, not only in the City of Ottawa, but everywhere in the diocese.

The Bishop's Child Poverty Initiative

Bishop John Chapman's challenge to respond to child poverty captures our hearts and minds. A Spirit-led vision is emerging to help break the cycle of poverty. A Diocesan Task Force is now determining how our Church can best address this complex social problem. With new funding, we will bring the voice, experience and resources of our Church to shape and augment the provision of direct service.

GIFT Growing in Faith Together
The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
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