This Week at St. Stephen’s–May 06, 2012


One of the advantages of being part of a large church family—in our case, the Anglican Church of Canada and the worldwide Anglican Communion—is that there are people who can do work on our behalf that we could never do ourselves. Nowhere is this clearer than in the work of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF).

When disaster strikes—think of the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northern Japan in 2011—we are easily overwhelmed by such devastation. But when we pool our resources in funds set up precisely for relief in these circumstances, our ability to respond is not inconsiderable. The Primate’s Fund has contributed millions of dollars toward disaster relief throughout the world, including the Slave Lake fire that consumed much of that town in 2010.

Similarly, when we survey the neediest populations of the world, it often appears that the obstacles to their health—and to their very survival—are beyond measure. Yet, as an example, PWRDF is partnering with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) by providing $2.7 million over five years toward maternal and child health in 59 villages in Burundi, Mozambique and Tanzania.

PWRDF is our way of giving a helping hand to people in need around the world. To find out more about their work, visit their web site at:, or speak with Emma Westcott, our Primate’s Fund parish representative. And always you can contribute directly to this work by writing a cheque to St. Stephen’s, marked PWRDF.

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