All Saints enjoyed the reunion visit of two beloved and influential clergy earlier this June when we welcomed back former Incumbent the Rev. Canon Rod Barlow and his curate of the time, the Rev. Canon Mark Kinghan.
The Rev. Canon Rod Barlow was Incumbent of All Saints’ Church from 1984 to 1992. It was his first visit back as celebrant since his retirement. During the time of Fr. Rod’s incumbency at All Saints, the Province of Ontario was in the process of moving mental health patients out of institutions and integrating them into the community. The Rev. Barlow was appalled by the available housing conditions and worked with David Sims, a local lawyer and parishioner, to successfully obtain funds from the Durham Region and the Ministry of Community & Social Services to set up the “All Saints’ Housing Corporation.” The Corporation found suitable homes within the community. The name was later changed from the All Saints Housing Corporation to Durham Mental Health Services—the name it has still today. As an anniversary gift to All Saints, Fr. Rod donated the beautiful chasuble he wore while presiding at our service on June 19 (pictured in photo above).
The Rev. Canon Mark Kinghan was Curate at All Saints’ from 1989 to 1991. With his wife Beth, he was responsible for the establishment of one of the most successful and well attended church youth clubs that All Saints’ has ever had. Fr. Mark is presently Incumbent at St. George on Yonge, Toronto. He is co-chair of the Diocesan “Spirit of Invitation” team, which created the ‘Invited!’ set of videos and encourages an invitational approach to the mission and ministry of a parish. He is also an active user of social media as a way of sharing ideas and communicating across our diocese and the wider church.
Both Fr. Rod and Fr. Mark were serving here in 1991 at the time of our 125th anniversary, so it was especially exciting that they were here again together for our 150th.