New Bible, bishops and cathedral for the Arctic: The Church of England Newspaper, June 17, 2012 p 6. June 15, 2012Posted by geoconger in Anglican Church of Canada, Church of England Newspaper.
Tags: Benjamin Arreak, Bible Society, Darren McCartney, David Parsons, Diocese of the Arctic, St Jude's Cathedral
A new Bible, two bishops and a cathedral greeted worshippers at Canada’s Arctic Igloo Cathedral last week. Destroyed by fire in 2003, St Jude’s in Iqaluit reopened for services on 3 June 2012 with the dedication of a the first complete translation of the Bible into the language of the native Inuit people and the consecration of two bishops.
An arsonist set fire to the cathedral on Baffin Island in November 2005, destroying the Igloo shaped cathedral built in 1970. But an $8 million rebuilding campaign saw a new church arise. St. Jude’s retains its distinctive dome-and-spire “igloo” shape, but is now metal-clad and fire-resistant.
While the construction has finished, the diocese continues to raise funds to pay the final $3 million in construction costs.
Over 400 people attended the consecration of former Church Army Captain David Parsons as Bishop Co-Adjutor of the Arctic, and the Rev. Darren McCartney as his suffragan on 3 June 2012.
Capt. Parsons currently serves as regional dean of the Mackenzie Delta and is the incumbent at the church of the Ascension in Inuvik and St. David’s in Tulita, N.W.T. Mr. McCartney, a former Royal Army chaplain, is rector of St. Matthew’s in Knocknamuckley, in Northern Ireland and a former Crosslinks missionary in the Arctic.
The cathedral also welcomed the first Inuktitut-language Bible for the Inuit or Eskimo people of the Arctic. A joint project of the Canadian Bible Society and the Anglican Church of Canada, the $1.7 million project has taken 34 years to complete.
Five native Inuk Anglican clergy led the project and “for the first time in Canada, the entire translation was done by mother tongue speakers of the language rather than by missionaries,” the Canadian Bible Society said.
Translation of the New Testament was completed 20 years ago and has gone through five editions. However, the Old Testament has only now been translated. The retired Suffragan Bishop of the Arctic, the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Arreak – the project coordinator – said “this is the first time our people will have the complete Bible in their language. This will open their hearts and minds to the word of God.”
Canada’s largest diocese by geographic size, the 1.5 million square miles encompasses the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Nunavik.
First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.