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A career years in the making

St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Shawville bore witness to an ordination on Jan. 18, drawing a congregation of over 200 with people from all over the Pontiac, Renfrew and Ottawa. From left: the Venerable Mavis Brownlee, the newly-ordained Reverend Timothy Kehoe and Bishop John Chapman after the service.

Packed to the brim, the church was bustling and busy. Members of the choir rushed about, their robes brushing past pews that were full from end to end.
Soon, a hush began to fall over the congregation within St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Shawville. The choir, a combination of singers from this location and their sister church in Renfrew, gathered at the back of the aisle.
The procession was quick but different than what the attendees were used to, and that’s what made the celebration most special. Following behind the choir was a combination of over two dozen reverends, travelling from across the river, up from Ottawa and all around the Western Quebec region to take part in the ceremony.
Rounding out the procession was a special sight for church goers from around the Pontiac. The Bishop of Ottawa, the Right Reverend John H. Chapman, joined the Archdeacon of West Quebec, the Venerable Mavis Brownlee, for the ordination of Reverend Timothy Gerard Kehoe on Jan. 18.

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