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Peter Crosby


Archdeacon Peter Crosby has been a Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa for over 25 years. He has served as an Archdeacon under the past four Bishops and ministered in parishes along the St. Lawrence Seaway and in Glengarry County, in the Ottawa Valley, West Quebec, and the City of Ottawa. Fr. Peter is a “son of the Diocese,” having been Baptized at St. Martin’s and Confirmed at St. Stephen’s, both in the west end of Ottawa. He is a graduate of McGill University, Montreal, and St. Paul University, Ottawa.  As a territorial Archdeacon, Fr. Peter assists Bishop John Chapman in the pastoral care of clergy and the oversight of parishes within the Ottawa Centre Deanery of the Diocese of Ottawa.

Fr. Peter is married to Maria, an early childhood educator working in rural Ottawa south. Fr. Peter likes to say that he brought a cat into the marriage and Maria brought three young adult children and a large dog. Both the cat and the dog have gone to be with our Creator, and the children are grown up, with children of their own. Maggie Mae, their beloved “yellow Lab,” is the third occupant of their Riverside Park, South home.

Fr. Peter understands his ministry as being to the Church what a General Practitioner is to medicine; he is passionate about general parish ministry. He says, “The world needs the Church to truly be a house of prayer open to all people. It is in the life of the church community that the world will see Christ ministering grace and truth, in and through our human strengths and failings. It is in the life of the church community that Christ calls us to mission and ministry. We need to do everything we can to help children and new adult believers to be nurtured and supported in the faith ‘once delivered to the saints.’”

On the subject of the Anglican Church of Canada he says, “I am convinced that if our Church ceased to exist that someone would have to invent us all over again! There is a need for a sacramental, liturgical Church that empowers lay ministry while respecting the grace of ordination; values the role of women in all its offices and ministries; honours God in worship and in loving service to the people who bear His image, especially the poor, the sick, and all who suffer; celebrates faith through the arts; presents a “thinking faith” as well as a heartfelt one; is not afraid of ecumenical and interfaith dialogue; and is willing to be challenged by the prophetic voices of our time, especially ecologists, native people, and our youth ... At our best, we have been a “big tent” bringing people together; when we have been less than our best, we have splintered into factions and parties. The world needs more “big tent makers. We have a wonderful tradition, but it must be a resource that enables us today, not a museum, dedicated to the past.”

When asked what he does in his spare time, he answers that he has more interests than spare time! An ideal “day off” might include working out at the gym, going on a nature walk, reading a good book, listening to music (a wide range from Emmylou Harris, Maddy Prior, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, to the early music group Anonymous 4 and the Hilliard Ensemble), trying to catch up on household chores and “fix-ups,” watching “American Pickers” on TV, trying to take a decent photograph, spending time with family and friends…

Fr. Peter looks forward to many years with us.

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