We are fortunate at St. Stephen’s to have a number of clergy who call our congregation home and, among those, several who act as “honorary clergy”, providing worship relief and other assistance with our church programs. All are either retired, or employed elsewhere, but they enrich our parish life with their presence.
Don Axford is retired and now approaching the 40th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood! Philip Behman remains active as part of the Spiritual Care team at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Barry Foster is the Executive Archdeacon of the Diocese of Calgary and spends most Sundays on the road visiting Anglican congregations all across Southern Alberta, from Rimby to Pincher Creek. Cathy Fulton is retired, but continues to work as the Archivist and Registrar for the Synod. Both Barry and Cathy are honorary clergy here.
And now to this august group we are pleased to welcome Dean Houghton. Dean retired recently from thirty years of parish ministry, crossing denominational and interfaith boundaries along the way, and ending up here in Calgary with eleven years at St. George’s and several years since then as interim priest at both Church of the Good Shepherd and St. Barnabas.
With a background in outdoor adventure leadership, Dean shares with his wife Anne a love of fly-fishing, the culinary arts, and music. He also likes good liturgy, church music, the “ever-unfolding story of God here among us,” and, fortunately for us, the “good folk of St. Stephen’s”. We are well blessed indeed!