Robert Callender: Same parish, new dimension
03 Sep, 2013
A member of St. Lawrence Church in LaSalle for over 20 years, Robert Callender, now 58, began the demanding course of theological studies for lay people called Education for Ministry in about 2001. He also qualiﬁed as a lay reader and has been serving mainly in his own parish for some years. The idea of becoming a deacon gradually grew on him.
In consultation with Rev. Deacon Peter Huish, Mr. Callender proceeded with further study and discernment about becoming a vocational deacon – not intending to become a priest but participating in the liturgy as a deacon and taking the gospel into service in the world. Mr. Callender, who makes his living as a hospital assistant, also took on volunteer service as a volunteer chaplain in several local prisons. He also participates regularly in the weekly Open Door gatherings of prisoners, former prisoners and volunteers in Fulford Hall.
As a deacon, he will serve St. Lawrence LaSalle in much the way he has for years but with another liturgical dimension.
He is married with two teenage children.
Source: Montreal Anglican