Updated: February, 2009

MLC Home Page: Bishops Visit October 25, 2008

Montreal Lutheran Council
Conseil Lutherienne de Montréal

Hosting the National Bishop

Bishop Susan Johnson and Elisabeth Hamacher at the Reception


On Reformation Day weekend, 2008 our Montreal Lutheran Council was privileged to have our National Bishop, Susan Johnson visit Montreal. We certainly kept her busy: although her plane's arrival was delayed, she was immediately whisked to a gathering of ecumenical leaders in downtown Montreal. Saturday morning started with a gathering of the chairpersons of our church councils (without pastors) at the Latvian Centre in Lachine. From there Bishop Johnson met with pastors and chairpersons for lunch in NDG, and then on to a meeting with the Montreal Lutheran clergy at St Ansgars Lutheran church only a few blocks further west.

Bishop Susan Johnson and the Montreal clergy at lunch


Bishop Susan Johnson and the Montreal clergy meet at Saint-Ansgar's


When the meeting with clergy wrapped up, she was taken to Christ the Redeemer Lutheran in DDO, where she visited with Lutherans from all over Montreal at an open reception hosted by that congregation.

Susan Johnson addresses those gathered at the reception


On Sunday, Bishop Johnson helped St John's Lutheran celebrate the 100th anniversary of their building with a special banquet and program.

Susan Johnson addresses the banquet at St. John's Lutheran


Member of St. John's perform a skit


Not only did Bishop Johnson learn much about Montreal, but the visit was also a chance for us to learn something about her work in the national office of our church. Bishop Johnson was frank and open, and not shy to challenge us here in Montreal with the new directions in mission and ministry that the church is undertaking. She was particularly concerned to underline the possibilities for mission that we can undertake when we really trust God with our treasures of time, talent and money. Many thanks to her for her visit!

submitted by Pr Matthew Anderson, chair, MLC

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