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Charlottetown cathedral celebrates milestone birthday

St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Charlottetown will kick off its 150th anniversary celebrations with a special service featuring Most Rev. Fred Hiltz on Sunday, Jan. 20.
St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Charlottetown will kick off its 150th anniversary celebrations with a special service featuring Most Rev. Fred Hiltz on Sunday, Jan. 20. - Contributed

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - St. Peter’s Anglican Church on Rochford Square in Charlottetown is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

On Sunday, Jan. 20, the kickoff event will welcome Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, to officiate at its regular services and a special 4 p.m. evensong.

An open house, 1-3:45 p.m., will include historical features of the cathedral, displays from the cathedral archives and tours of All Souls’ Chapel, a national historic site known for architecture and paintings by William and Robert Harris, respectively.

Other events planned throughout the year include historical services, a special musical and recitals, another open house, archives displays and a high tea. Fundraisers for their mission parish of Kings County and St. Monica’s Orphanage in Jamaica are also planned.

“St. Peter’s has always been a home to the immigrant community, including Charlottetown’s earliest Lebanese citizens, and more recently, Balkan refugees, Syrian and Indian Christians looking for a familiar liturgical tradition and a family environment,’’ said Father David Garrett, rector of the cathedral.


At a glance

Hiltz was born in Dartmouth, N.S., and served in a number of parishes within the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

General Synod elected him as the 13th primate in 2007. He travels extensively from coast to coast to coast and is recognized throughout Canada for his work in reconciliation and self-determination by our Indigenous communities.

He and his wife, Lynne Samways-Hiltz, enjoy caring for animals, especially for their cat, Mr. Tim. Their son, Nathan, is married to Melissa, and they have one daughter, Leah.

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