A Brief History

On November 20, 2003, Fr. Charles Warner, then an Anglican Lay Reader, purposed the establishment of an Anglo-Catholic presence on Cape Breton Island and on December 23 of the same year, the Right Reverend Robert W. S. Mercer CCR, Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada accepted his offer.

After meeting in Sydney with Bishop Mercer and Fr. Craig Botterill QC, on June 18 and 19, 2004, plans were begun to establish a Mission. After a year of preparation and the completion of Fr. Warner’s Master’s degree, Mission of the Holy Cross held its first service on Thursday, June 30, 2005.

 The following year, on March 15, 2006, Parish of the Holy Cross Anglican Catholic Church was incorporated under the Societies Act in the Province of Nova Scotia. On Saturday, April 8 of that year, Fr. Charles Warner was ordained to the Diaconate at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ottawa Ontario by the Right Reverend Peter D. Wilkinson, OSG. On Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006, Holy Cross was formally established as a Parish within the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada. Fr. Warner was ordained to the Priesthood on Sunday, July 8, 2007 at the Pro-Cathedral of St. Aidan in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Bishop Craig Botterill QC, thereby becoming Rector of Holy Cross.

Since April 11, 2014, Parish of the Holy Cross has been under the jurisdiction of the Anglican Catholic Church (Original Province) and is a member of the Traditional Anglican Church of Canada. The parish is incorporated under the Societies Act of the Province of Nova Scotia and is registered as a charitable organization with Canada Revenue Agency.
All services are according to the English Missal and the Book of Common Prayer (Canada 1962).

So come and join us. It might turn out to be the most important life-enriching decision you have ever made! Email (rector.holycross@traditionalanglican.ca) or telephone (902-828-2939) the Rector to receive further information.