The Diocese of Saskatchewan serves the northern two-thirds of the civil Province of Saskatchewan - an area about twice the size of Germany. In this area there are 68 scattered Anglican congregations grouped into 32 parishes. Missionary work began formally in the 1850s, and it became a Diocese with its see at Prince Albert in 1874. Its Anglican population is about 23,000, sixty per cent of whom are Cree indigenous people. At least half of these are under the age of 25.
The Diocese has 25 active and 15 retired clergy, two catechists, 110 lay readers, and two bishops. The majority of the active clergy are non-stipendiary. The Bishop of Missinippi, or Diocesan Indigenous Bishop, Adam Halkett was consecrated in 2012 as part of a vision called ᒫᒪᐃᐧ ᐃᓯ ᒥᔮᐧᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ mâmawi isi miywâcimowin – Together in the Gospel.
The Diocese is one of the 30 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada and belongs to the ecclesiastical Province of Rupert’s Land. The Diocese is also a proud member of the Council of the North and receives almost half of its annual funding from grant given through that Council.
The Diocese has always been bilingual, Cree and English, and worship here has always been primarily from Cree and English editions of the Book of Common Prayer.
Holy Trinity, Stanley Mission (pictured), was the diocese's first church. Built in 1854, it is the oldest building in Saskatchewan and the oldest church in Western Canada.
As a Diocese comprised of indigenous and non-indigenous members, our mission is to be ᒫᒪᐃᐧ ᐃᓯ ᒥᔮᐧᒋᒧᐃᐧᐣ mâmawi isi miywâcimowin – Together in the Gospel.
We aim to uphold the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion and the Six Disciplines of Discipleship:
The Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers.
- To respond to human need by loving service.
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation.
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Six Disciplines of Discipleship (Book of Common Prayer, p. 555):
- Weekly worship
- Daily prayer and Bible reading
- Christian living
- Spoken witness to Jesus Christ
- Serving in the Church and the world
- Giving for the work of the Church