The Parish of the Lower Laurentians is now four of 10 churches forming "Laurentian Regional Ministries"
In this Regional Ministry model there are 2 full-time priests to serve the area, in addition to a large cohort of retired priests, lay readers and worship leaders. The clergy live at opposite ends of the region: the Venerable Ralph Leavitt in Ste. Agathe, and the Reverend Nick Pang in Lachute.
The Laurentian Regional Ministry is the newest area within the Anglican Diocese of Montreal. It’s a model of collaborative leadership intended to serve the communities of a large and diverse geographic area.
In the diocesan Ministry Action Plan, one of the stated goals is as follows: “Through our Ministry Action Plan we recommit ourselves to inspired, able leadership; healthy, sustainable parishes and community ministries; effective communications; and transparent governance and management. We reaffirm our value for diversity and we continue to develop ministry that speaks to the realities of Quebec society and its peoples: its cultures, languages, ages, ethnicities. Motivated by ministry rather than maintenance, we embrace the courage we need to reach out, to take risks and to make difficult decisions for the sake of God’s mission.”
It was with this goal in mind that the Deanery of the Laurentians decided to look at a model of regional ministry that would better suit our context and guarantee sustainable ministry. In October 2013 a committee of lay people from all of the parishes in the deanery and the archdeacon met together to discuss a Regional Ministry Plan for our deanery. The Archdeaconry of St. Andrew’s/Deanery of the Laurentians covers 17 parish churches north of Montreal and Laval. After some consultation it was decided that the following 10 churches (6 Parishes) would become part of a Regional Ministry Plan: Grace Church, Arundel; St. Paul, Dunany; Holy Trinity, Lakefield; St. Aidan's, Louisa; Christchurch, Mille Iles; St. Simeon, Lachute; Holy Trinity, Ste. Agathe; Trinity, Morin Heights; St. Francis, St. Sauveur; and St. John the Baptist, Kilkenny.
As time unfolds we’re looking to God to lead us in responding to the needs and the dreams of all the people of the Laurentians and we welcome you all onto this new and exciting path!