Before coming to us, Peter was Principal of Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, then he was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Ontario where he served until his retirement. As recently as 2016 he was back in Toronto as Interim-Principal of Wycliffe. Bishop Peter has served interims in a number of churches in the region, pastoring in Napanee, Belleville, and Picton before his appointment to Quinte West.
Rev. Canon Dr. Thora Wade Rowe (Honourary Assistant)
Rev. Thora Rowe has over 25 years as an ordained Minister. Born in Quebec and raised as the second of two daughters, Thora’s early education began in one-room classrooms. After graduation from High School, Thora earned a B.A from Sir George Williams (now Concordia) University in Montreal. After two years teaching primary school, Thora returned to university for a Licentiate in Theology from Wycliffe College, Toronto and an honour certificate from the Anglican Women’s Training College.
The following years were spent as the wife of the Rev. Ted Fuller, in parish ministry and raising their two children. Thora began working as a social worker with the Children’s Aid Society, thus beginning a career that spanned 21 years in social service agencies.
Thora was a single parent for five years following the premature death of her husband. She met and married John Rowe, head of the Guidance Department at Trenton High School, thus beginning another 31 years of married life and becoming a stepmother to 3 children. During this time, Thora returned to university on a part-time basis taking courses in counselling and obtaining a Master of Divinity Degree from Wycliffe and the University of Toronto. Sadly, John died just months before Thora was awarded an Honourary Doctor of Divinity by her Alma Mater, in recognition of her place as one of the pioneering women in ordained Ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada.
Rev. Thora was the Rector of a two-point parish in Prince Edward County for eight years and since that time has served six interim Ministries. Thora is currently an Honourary Assistant in the Anglican Churches of Quinte West and is vital to many aspects of parish life. Her hobbies include taking further theological studies as well as creative writing courses, visiting with her 6 grandchildren, travelling and camping.
In celebration of Rev. Thora’s 25 years and in thanksgiving for all who have shared the Gospel with her – family, friends and the Theological Colleges – Canon Thora presented St. George’s Church with a bound copy of the Gospels to be used in procession and proclamation in the services of the church. We, in the Anglican Churches of Quinte West, are grateful to have shared with her in these recent years of ministry. We benefit weekly from her teaching and preaching, and from her pastoral concern. As the hymn suggests, Rev. Thora has been a sister servant to us, holding the Christ-light for us in our journey of faith. We wish her many more years of faithful and inspired ministry.