Victoria Matthews

The Right Reverend Victoria Matthews
Diocesan Bishop of Edmonton

The Right Reverend Victoria Matthews
Diocesan Bishop of Edmonton
Anglican Church of Canada

10035 – 103rd Street
Edmonton, Alberta
Telephone: (780) 439-7344
Fax: (780) 439-6549


Diocese of Edmonton

1997-present Diocesan Bishop

Diocese of Toronto

1994-1997 Suffragan Bishop - Credit Valley Area
1987-1994 Director of Field Education and tutor in Pastoral Theology (Part-time), Trinity College, Faculty of Divinity
1989-1994 Regional Dean - Deanery of York Mills
1987-1994 Incumbent - All Souls’ Church, North York
1983-1987 Incumbent - Parish of Georgina (Sutton West and Sibbald’s Point)
1979-1983 Assistant Curate - St. Andrew’s Church, Scarborough


Ordination to the Episcopate 1994 Diocese of Toronto
Ordination to the Priesthood 1980 Diocese of Toronto
Ordination to the Diaconate 1979 Diocese of Toronto


National Committees
2004 Chairperson, Task Force on Alternate Episcopal Oversight
1996-2003 Chairperson, Primate’s Theological Commission
2004 Re-appointed Chairperson, Primate’s Theological Commission
2001-2004 Member, Council of General Synod
1997-2003 Participation, most years, in the Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops’ Dialogue at the National level.
1992, 1995, 1998, 2001 Member of General Synod
1995-1998 Member, Faith, Worship & Ministry Committee of General Synod
1994-1997 Chairperson, National Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination
1992-1994 Member, National Executive Council of General Synod
1992-1995 Member, Doctrine and Worship Committee of General Synod
1992-1995 Member, Book of Alternative Services Evaluation Commission of General Synod
Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario
1995 Provincial Synod as bishop
1991 Provincial Synod as a priest
Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert’s Land
1997, 2000, 2003 Provincial Synod
1997–2003 Provincial Executive Council
1998-present Episcopal Chairperson for Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination.
  Member of the Provincial Panel for Episcopal Elections in Saskatoon, Calgary and the Arctic


Th.M. 1987 - Trinity College, Toronto
M.Div. 1979 - Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut (recipient of the North American Theological Fellowship 1976-1979)
B.A.(honours) 1976 - Trinity College, University of Toronto, Toronto
Continuing Education:
University of Geneva summer school.
St. George’s College, Windsor: Women and Authority (2 consultations).
Various retreats: Cowley Fathers, Cambridge, MA; SSJD Edmonton and Toronto; community of Taizé, France.
Two 2 – 3 month sojourns with the Sisters of St. Margaret in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, teaching in inner city school and assisting with Missions and fundraising.

Year of Birth: 1954
Marital Status: Single, never married, no children, one large dog
Recreational Interests: Reading, hiking, swimming, Anglican history and theology.


2001-2004 Trustee, Berkeley Divinity School, Connecticut, U.S.A.
1999-2004 Episcopal Consultant to the North American Chapter of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd
1996-2004 Canadian Patron of Affirming Anglican Catholicism (North America)
1995-2004 Member of the Corporation and Successor Trustee Yale University, Connecticut, U.S.A.
2001 Member of the Senate, Emmanuel and St. Chad College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2001 Led young persons pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and Taizé, France.
1998 Member of Communications Committee at the Lambeth Conference ’98
1995-1998 Member, Design Group for the Lambeth Conference 1998
1995 Led young persons pilgrimage to Iona, various sites in England and Taizé, France
1987-1994 Chairperson of North Yorkers for Disabled Persons, Inc.

Retreat and Teaching Opportunities

Clergy Conferences for the Dioceses of Brandon, Calgary, Fredericton, Rupert’s Land;
Clergy Retreats for the Dioceses of Saskatoon; Qu’Appelle; Edmonton;
Addressed Diocesan Synod of the Diocese of Ontario as keynote speaker;
Various public lectures at Seminaries;
Led two courses at Sorrento Centre, in British Columbia;
Key note speaker at Diocesan Conference in Newcastle, Australia;
Presented a paper to the Archbishop’s Working Group on Women in the Episcopate of the Church of England.

A Vision of the Primacy Bishop Victoria Matthews

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada is first and foremost a baptized Christian living the life of discipleship. The Primate is also in ordered ministry as a bishop, called to guard the faith, unity and discipline of our church. It is not an easy calling but it is exciting and challenging. I will look at the Primacy of the Anglican Church of Canada through three different lenses: the Anglican Communion; the Anglican Church of Canada; and the world Christ died to save.

It was the bishops of Canada who first requested a meeting of the bishops of the Anglican Communion. The Lambeth Conference continues to meet every ten years. In between the Primate has a primary ministry as the meeting point of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Anglican Communion. As such, the Primate’s ministry is in part the ministry of Ambassador, visiting many other provinces of the Communion while never forgetting he/she is a Canadian Anglican. At this time relationships within the Communion are threatened. Recognizing that every province has something to teach and much to learn, I believe we need to strengthen our commitment to the Communion and our common faith.

The Primate has a unique understanding of the particularities and catholicity of the dioceses and parishes of the Anglican Church of Canada. Once again there is a distressing tendency to think that we don’t need each other. The leadership of the Primate needs to call for unity via the ministries of discernment, encouragement and teaching. Having no jurisdiction, the Primate must lead by example and inspiration. While having a relationship with the whole Anglican Church of Canada, the Primate needs to nurture especially the relationship with the House of Bishops, Council of General Synod and Church House. Moral and prophetic leadership are especially important in times of crisis. Most essential are prayer and the study of the faith. In recent Anglican history, I recognize such personal holiness and prophetic leadership in numerous primates; Archbishops Desmond Tutu and Rowan Williams come particularly to mind.

The Canadian Primate embodies the memory and story of our church. I have especially appreciated this gift in Archbishop Michael Peers. As we continue in our pilgrimage of healing and reconciliation with our indigenous brothers and sisters, the Primate will have a special ministry incorporating story and symbol in order to teach the faith and draw the faithful together in community. It is important that the Primate not be hijacked by any one issue or agenda.

Our Primate needs to have a voice that addresses and is in dialogue with our government leaders. Canada is not a Christian country but that doesn’t mean there is no place for the prophetic call to peace and justice. It is the Church’s vocation in Christ to waken the conscience of Canada. The Primate is best situated to deliver and articulate statements of our Church to the elected leaders of our nation. In terms of the global village it is the role of our Primate to work alongside other church leaders to address ethical and moral questions and to make statements about political issues. Both inside and outside Canada the Anglican Church needs to give voice to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in concert with other Christians, and in response to the leading of the Spirit.