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Introducing the Rev. Lorne Manweiler

St. Philip’s is very pleased to announce that the Rev. Lorne Manweiler has accepted Bishop John Stephens’ appointment as our next Rector. 

Lorne grew up in the Okanagan and attended UBC, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Genetics, with a minor in Psychology. 

He went on to earn a Master of Divinity and a Theological Diploma at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton.

He was ordained into the Lutheran church in 2004 and received into the Anglican priesthood in 2018. Lorne has held assistant pastor, senior pastor, assistant priest, and Rector positions in six Lutheran and Anglican parishes over his 17 years of ordained ministry, and comes to us from his current post as Rector of St. Timothy’s Anglican Church in Edmonton.  

Alongside his ordained ministry, Lorne has been on the board of a large Anglican Senior’s residence, held advisor and sessional lecturer positions at Concordia Seminary, was for three years the General Secretary of the Roman Catholic/Lutheran Church of Canada Ecumenical Dialogue hosted jointly between Newman Theological College and Concordia, and has served on a variety of committees regarding liturgy, worship, and church music.

Lorne has also been an organist and church musician for nearly 33 years, and has held various positions as organist, music director, and choir accompanist.  

Lorne will begin his incumbency as Rector of St. Philip’s on October 1, 2021.  

A Letter to St. Philip's

Dear friends in Christ at St. Philip’s:

I am overjoyed and deeply humbled to have received a telephone call from Bishop John to serve as your new Rector. I’m humbled, too, to follow in the footsteps of such talented, faithful, and able clergy as have served your congregation over the course of your very active history in Dunbar.

Over the past several months, I’ve been very happy to get to know the selection committee—a representative sample of who you are as the People of God in Jesus Christ. They are to be deeply congratulated and to receive all our thanks for their very hard work and commitment. Through them, I see a parish deeply concerned not only for its own spiritual life and growth, but also the life and growth of the neighbourhoods and communities around you. Your Wardens and Trustees have welcomed me warmly, and I’m moved and touched by their generosity and care. I’m honoured to have been called to share this journey in life and ministry with all of you.

Similar news to what will be a joyful announcement at St. Philip’s this morning will be announced here, in Edmonton, at St. Timothy’s. I enjoy a close and happy pastoral relationship with our parish here, and I hope that you will hold St. Timothy’s in your prayers—as we are holding you in ours—during this time of transition.

September 12 is my last Sunday service here in Edmonton and I’m very much looking forward, God-willing, to being in your midst on October 1 and to celebrate a wonderful first Sunday with you on October 3.

God bless you, love you, and hold you in His hands,

Rev. Lorne Manweiler