If you have any suggested changes, appropriate prayers, or prayer requests, please send them to the Synod Office.   Send to: Diocese of Algoma
619 Wellington Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. P6A 2M6

Also see: Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Council of the North Cycle of Prayer

Diocese of Tarime parishes





2023 Cycle of Prayer


In addition to the recommendations in the Prayer Cycle below, you are encouraged to pray for Archbishop Anne on a regular basis. She can be named in petitions and biddings in any of the following ways:

Anne, Archbishop of Algoma

Anne, our Bishop

Anne, our Archbishop

Anne, our Archbishop and Metropolitan

Anne, Archbishop of Algoma and Metropolitan of Ontario

If you are also praying for the Primate and/or the Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Anne should be listed first. For example,

Anne, Archbishop of Algoma and Metropolitan of Ontario;
Linda, Primate of Canada;
Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury


Archbishop’s motto for 2023


Sam Martin’s Pond – painted by Bishop John Watton (Central Newfoundland) and gifted to Archbishop Anne

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed be to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Luke 4:18-19


Sunday, January 1st – Epiphany Sunday:  Epiphany of the Lord

Church of the Epiphany, Sudbury

The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Green

The Rev. Rhonda Hirst (Hon.)

The Rev. Canon Dr. John Gibaut (Hon.)

The Rev. Norm Blanchard (Deacon Associate)


Sunday, January 8th – 1st Sunday after Epiphany:  The Baptism of the Lord

Gathering Table, Thunder Bay

The Rev. Ann Camber

The Rev. Gail Clifton (Hon.)

Pray for the newly baptized and those preparing for baptism.


Sunday, January 15th – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

(Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Begins – January 18th)

 “Do good; seek justice.”  Isaiah 1:17

Ecumenism throughout Algoma

**if your congregation shares in a particular ministry with a church of another denomination, if there is a local ministerial, or other ecumenical group in which the congregation participates, please name them and uplift them in prayer.


Sunday, January 22nd – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

(Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Ends – January 25th)

St. Peter’s, Callander

St. Mary’s, Powassan

St. John the Divine, North Bay

The Rev. Kevin McAllister

The Rev. Grant Churcher (Hon.)


Sunday, January 29th – 4th Sunday after Epiphany

Parish of West Thunder Bay

St. James’, Murillo

St. Mark’s, Rosslyn

The Rev. Jonathan Blanchard

The Rev. Canon Paul Carr (Hon.)

The Rev. Nancy Ringham (Hon.)


Sunday, February 5th – 5th Sunday after Epiphany

Congregation of St. Saviour’s, Blind River

Church of the Redeemer, Thessalon

The Rev. Canon Bob Elkin (Hon.)


Sunday, February 12th – 6th Sunday after Epiphany

Christ Church, Lively

St. John’s, Copper Cliff

The Rev. Claire Miller


Sunday, February 19th – Last Sunday after Epiphany:  Transfiguration Sunday

Northern Lights Parish

St. Paul and St. John, Haileybury

St. James’, Cobalt

The Rev. Valerie Paterson (Deacon Incumbent)

The Rev. Kate Scott (Deacon Assistant)


Wednesday, February 22nd – Ash Wednesday

Observance of a Holy Lent

Through self-examination, penance, prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God.                   BAS 282


Sunday, February 26th – 1st Sunday in Lent

St. George’s, Espanola

Congregation of St. Thomas’, French River

The Rev. Beverly Van der Jagt


Friday, March 3rd – World Day of Prayer


Sunday, March 5th – 2nd Sunday in Lent

Parish of St. Joseph and St. George

Holy Trinity, Jocelyn

St. George’s, Echo Bay

The Chapel of the Intercession, Llewellyn Beach

The Rev. Susan Montague Koyle

The Rev. Canon Rosalie Goos (Hon.)

The Rev. Elizabeth Kingston (Deacon Associate)


Sunday, March 12th – 3rd Sunday in Lent

Manitoulin Island Parishes

All Saints, Gore Bay

St. John the Evangelist, Kagawong

St. Paul’s, Manitowaning

St. Francis of Assisi, Mindemoya

Holy Trinity, Little Current

Ms. Catherine Hazlitt (Lay Incumbent)

The Rev. Joyce Foster (Deacon Associate)


Sunday,March 19th – 4th Sunday in Lent

St. Thomas’, Bracebridge

St. Stephen’s, Vankoughnet

The Rev. Canon Phelan Scanlon (Interim)

The Rev. Barbara Nangle (Hon. Emeritus)


Lake of Bays Parish

St. Ambrose’s, Baysville

St. James’, Port Cunnington

The Rev. Canon John Thompson (Hon. Emeritus)

The Rev. Margaret Morrison (Deacon Associate)


Sunday, March 26th – 5th Sunday in Lent

St. Brice’s, North Bay

The Rev. Dr. Peter Armstrong

The Ven. Marie Loewen (Hon.)


Sunday, April 2nd – The Sunday of the Passion:  Palm Sunday

St. Paul’s, Thunder Bay

The Ven. Dr. Deborah Kraft

The Rev. Gordon Holroyd (Hon.)

The Rev. Anne Carr (Deacon Associate)


Thursday, April 6th – Maundy Thursday

Eucharistic Assistants: Pray for all Eucharistic Assistants throughout the Diocese whose ministry is to share in the distribution of the most precious Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Friday, April 7th – Good Friday

Refer to the BAS commencing at page 310


Saturday, April 8th – Holy Saturday

Pray for all those initiated into Christ’s Body, The Church, on this holiest of nights.


Sunday, April 9th – The Sunday of the Resurrection:  Easter Day

Emmaus, Sault Ste. Marie

The Rev. Holly Klemmensen

The Rev. Bruce McLeish (Hon.)


Sunday, April 16th – 2nd Sunday of Easter

Parish of Muskoka Lakes

St. Mark’s, Milford Bay

St. John’s, Beaumaris

Christ Church, Gregory

St. James’, Port Carling

St. George’s, Port Sandfield

The Rev. Dr. Gail Marie Henderson (Interim)


Sunday, April 23rd – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Parish of St. Stephen

Church of the Redeemer, Rosseau

St. Thomas’, Orrville

St. Thomas’, Ullswater/Bent River

The Rev. Peter Simmons

The Rev. Dr. Cal MacFarlane (Hon.)


Sunday, April 30th – 4th Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

Parish of the Good Shepherd/Almaguin

Good Shepherd, Emsdale

Grace Church, South River

St. John’s, Eagle Lake

St. George the Martyr, Magnetawan

The Rev. Catherine Murkin

The Rev. Canon Edna Murdy (Hon.-Emsdale)

Pray for all those in ordained and lay ministries in our parishes, deaneries, and diocese.


Sunday, May 7th – 5th Sunday of Easter

Christ Church, Windermere

The Rev. Robert Clubbe


Sunday, May 14th – 6th Sunday of Easter

Hospital/Institutional Chaplains

The Rev. Anne Carr

The Rev. Gail Clifton

The Rev. Rhonda Hirst

The Rev. Beth Hewson

The Rev. Barb Fugelsang

The Rev. Diana Wilde


Thursday, May 18th – Ascension Day

Church of the Ascension, Sudbury

The Rev. Jeffery Hooper

**if your parish is not gathering on Ascension Day, prayers for Church of the Ascension, Sudbury, may be combined with your Sunday worship on May 21st.


Sunday, May 21st – 7th Sunday of Easter

Retired Clergy

Pray for the retired clergy in your deanery, many of whom continue to assist in parishes. We thank God for their dedicated service to Christ and the Church.

**if your parish did not gather on Ascension Day, prayers for Church of the Ascension, Sudbury, may be combined with your Sunday worship today.


Sunday, May 28th – The Day of Pentecost

ACW Executive and the Anglican Church Women of the Diocese as they participate in the ACW Annual (May 30-June 1)


Sunday, June 4th– 1st Sunday after Pentecost:  Trinity Sunday

Trinity-All Saints’, Bala

The Rev. Heather Manuel

Holy TrinitySault Ste. Marie


Trinity Church, Parry Sound

Mr. Cory Brunatti (Lay Incumbent)

The Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thompson (Hon.)


Sunday, June 11th– 2nd Sunday after Pentecost:  ACW Sunday

ACW Prayer

Almighty God, we pray for your blessing and grace on our work and witness as Anglican Church Women in Canada.  We give you thanks and praise for giving us wisdom, knowledge and understanding so that we may serve you in spirit and truth.  Called to be your church, may our study, learning, worship and service be always to your glory and the building of your kingdom in our communities and throughout the world.  In our ministry may we always respond to the needs of others with your love.  We pray in the name of the One who redeemed and loves us, your Son, Jesus our Saviour.  Amen


Sunday, June 18th– 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (June 21st)

Pray for our Interim National Indigenous Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Sydney Black, and all Indigenous People in the Diocese and for continued reconciliation with our siblings in Christ as we walk on a road of love, understanding, and humility in our journey together.

St. John’s, Garden River

Bishop Fauquier Memorial Chapel

The Rev. Lana Grawbarger – Deacon Incumbent

The Rev. Canon Rosalie Goos (Hon.)


Prayer from June 21st may be used.


Wednesday, June 21st – National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

National Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Pray for All Indigenous People in the Diocese

Creator God,
from you every family in heaven and earth takes its name.
You have rooted and grounded us
in your covenant love,
and empowered us by your Spirit
to speak the truth in love,
and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness.
Mercifully grant that your people,
journeying together in partnership,
may be strengthened and guided
to help one another to grow into the full stature of Christ,
who is our light and our life. Amen


Sunday, June 25th – 4th Sunday after Pentecost

 Pray for all delegates, guests, and the National Planning Team as Assembly 2023 and General Synod 2023 meet in Calgary June 27-July 3.


Sunday July 2nd – 5th Sunday after Pentecost

St. Thomas’, Thunder Bay

The Rev. Jonathan Blanchard

Pray for our youth in the diocese.  That they may experience great joy and growth in the sharing of their journeys of faith with one another and in their parish context.

Pray for all those who provide ministry in support of our youth.

Pray for St. John’s, Biscotasing and St. Christopher’s, McGregor Bay, and the ministry of our summer students and supervisors.

Pray for Camp Manitou, Camp Temiskaming, and Camp Gitchigomee and their boards of directors.


Sunday, July 9th – 6th Sunday after Pentecost: (Sea Sunday)

St. Stephen the Martyr, Thunder Bay

The Rev. Canon Ed Swayze

The Ven. Eric Paterson (Hon.)

The Rev. Barbara Fugelsang (Deacon Associate)

Mission to Seafarers

Almighty God, we give thanks for all those who work at sea. We acknowledge our need for the food and raw materials they transport.   We recognize that they are often in danger and we are sorry that their long absences often involve sacrifices in their daily family life. Give us grace to show our gratitude not only in our words, but also in our actions. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Sunday, July 16th – 7th Sunday after Pentecost

St. Mary Magdalene, Sturgeon Falls



Sunday, July 23rd – 8th Sunday after Pentecost

St. Peter the Apostle, Elliot Lake

Gowan Gillmor Memorial Chapel, Sagamok, Spanish River

The Ven. Larry Armstrong

The Rev. Beth Topps Willems (Hon.)


Sunday, July 30th – 9th Sunday after Pentecost

Christ Church, Ilfracombe

The Rev. James Decker

Christ Church, Port Sydney

The Rev. Owen Ash


Sunday, August 6th – 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Retreat Houses

Maison Dieu, Bracebridge; Villa Loyola, Sudbury; Anishinabe Spiritual Centre, Espanola; The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (Toronto)


Sunday, August 13th – 11th Sunday after Pentecost

St. Mary’s, Nipigon

St. John’s, Schreiber

The Rev. Jan Latham


Sunday, August 20th – 12th Sunday after Pentecost

Pray for our Territorial Archdeacons, Regional Deans, and Lay Deanery Officials in support of their ongoing responsibilities within the deaneries and to the Executive Committee of the Diocese.


Sunday, August 27th – 13th Sunday after Pentecost

St. Simon’s, Temagami

Holy Trinity, Temiscaming

The Rev. Dr. Derek Neal


Sunday, September 3rd – 14th Sunday after Pentecost

Christian Education Leaders, Teachers, and Students in the Theological Colleges:  Thorneloe University and St. Mark’s Chapel

The Rev. Canon Dr. John Gibaut,

President and Provost (Thorneloe)/Chaplain of St. Mark’s


Sunday, September 10th – 15th Sunday after Pentecost

Pray for Christian vocations and for candidates for ordained ministry.

Pastoral Chaplains

The Rev. Canon Bob Elkin, Algoma

The Rev. Heather Manuel, Muskoka

The Rev. Rhonda Hirst, Sudbury-Manitoulin

The Ven. Linda White, Temiskaming

The Rt. Rev. Victoria Matthews, Thunder Bay-North Shore

The Rev. Diane Hilpert-McIlroy, Diocesan


Sunday, September 17th – 16th Sunday after Pentecost

Lay Readers of the Diocese – Pray for the Lay Readers of the Diocese as they prepare to participate in their conference (September 29th and 30th) hosted by the Deanery of Thunder Bay-North Shore, and for the ministries of all Lay Readers in the parishes, deaneries, and diocese.


Sunday, September 24th – 17th Sunday after Pentecost:  St. Michael and All Angels (Sept. 29th)

St. Michael and All Angels, Thunder Bay

The Rev. Elizabeth Sipos


Sunday, October 1st – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

St. Alban the Martyr, Capreol

The Rev. Doug Prebble

Parish of Wawa/White River

St. Paul’s, Wawa


Please pray for the lay leadership at St. Paul’s as they provide crucial ministry and guidance in their communities.


Sunday, October 8th – 19th Sunday after Pentecost:  Thanksgiving Sunday

Pray for all members of our Executive Committee as they contemplate and deliberate over matters for the well-being of the entire diocese.


Sunday, October 15th – 20th Sunday after Pentecost

St. Luke’s Cathedral, Sault Ste. Marie

The Very Rev. James McShane

The Ven. Dr. Harry Huskins (Hon.)

The Ven. Hugh Hamilton (Hon.)

The Very Rev. Nelson Small (Dean Emeritus)


Sunday, October 22nd – 21st Sunday after Pentecost

St. George’s, Thunder Bay

The Rev. Deb Everest


Sunday, October 29th – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

All Diocesan Committees and Social Service Projects

Pray for all those who work for peace and justice


Wednesday, November 1st – All Saints’ Day

All Saints, Huntsville

The Ven. Kelly Baetz

All Saints, Coniston

The Rev. Canon Genny Rollins

*if your parish is not gathering on All Saints’ Day, prayers for All Saints’ Huntsville and Coniston may be combined with your Sunday worship on November 5th.


Thursday, November 2nd – All Souls’ Day

Pray for those who have died – loved ones, friends, and also those we do not know – through the mercy of God, that they will rest in peace.


Sunday, November 5th – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost (All Saints’ Day may be commemorated)

**if your parish did not gather on All Saints’ Day, prayers for All Saints’, Huntsville and All Saints’, Coniston, may be combined with your Sunday worship today.


Saturday, November 11th – Remembrance Day

Prayers related to Remembrance Day

Ever-living God,

We remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into peace of your presence; may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


Sunday, November 12th – 24th Sunday after Pentecost

We pray for those whose increasing years bring them isolation, distress, or weakness. May they be provided homes of dignity and peace, understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept assistance. When bodily strength decreases, may their faith increase and the assurance of God’s abiding love be deepened.

Add prayers related to Remembrance Day if you are commemorating that day.


Sunday, November 19th – 25th Sunday after Pentecost

Pray for parishes/congregations in transition that they will embrace God’s vision for their future and that He will grace them with the ability to focus on their ministry and mission in the world as a people of hope and faith.


Sunday, November 26th – Last Sunday after Pentecost: The Reign of Christ

Christ Church, North Bay

The Ven. Joan Locke

The Ven. Linda White (Hon.)

Christ Church, Sault Ste. Marie

The Rev. Raymond Knight


Thursday, November 30th – St. Andrew’s Day

ALMIGHTY God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ and followed him without delay: Grant unto us all, that we, being called by thy holy word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfil the holy commandments; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Sunday, December 3rd – 1st Sunday of Advent

Pray for all Lay Workers within our parishes who play an integral role in the administration of our churches.    


Sunday, December 10th – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Synod Office Staff

Archbishop of Algoma, The Most Rev. Anne Germond

Archbishop’s Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Liz Hamel

Diocesan Archdeacon, The Ven. Dr. Jay Koyle

Diocesan Treasurer, Mrs. Jane Mesich

Assistant Treasurer, Ms. Jennifer Baron

Property Coordinator, Mr. Ken Lawson


Sunday, December 17th – 3rd Sunday of Advent

St. James’, Goulais River

The Ven. Dr. Jay Koyle

The Rev. Dr. Bill Steadman (Hon.)


Sunday, December 24th – 4th Sunday of Advent:  Christmas Eve

St. James’, Gravenhurst

The Rev. Heather Manuel

The Rev. Canon Tom James (Hon.)

The Rev. Jim Schell (Deacon Associate)

Church of the Holy Manger, Barkway

The Rev. Heather Manuel


Monday, December 25th – The Birth of the Lord:

Christmas Day

We pray for the children and families of our diocese, that they may pattern their lives on the earthly home of Mary and Joseph in Nazareth.

As the child Jesus grew in body and spirit, blessed by both God and people, so may our homes be places of peace and safety where we nurture each other to grow together in God’s love.


Note:  If parishes have only one service over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the petitions for both the 24th and 25th may be used.


Sunday, December 31st – First Sunday after Christmas:  New Year’s Eve

We pray for all people of our Diocese as we reach the end of this year and look forward with hope to opportunities in the new year to act and live as the people of God. 


Let us give thanks for all we hold dear: our health, our family and our friends. Let us release our grudges, our anger and our pains, for these are nothing but binding chains. Let us live each day in the most loving ways, the God-conscious way.