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In 1996, Kenneth Maguire, 8th Bishop of Montreal (1963–75), entrusted his legacy to AFC. Described by those who knew him as a witty, warm, kind, and generous person, Bishop Maguire had a singular vision for his beneficiaries: that his generosity would benefit them for generations to come.
When “The little Church with the Big Heart” was tasked with installing vinyl siding on its 170-year-old building, warden Jeff Rodgers anticipated that putting a stop to chilly drafts would lower heating costs and make the building feel better. “What I did not anticipate,” says Rodgers, “is how this project would help the congregation to feel better.”
The spirit of generosity remains high among Canadian Anglicans as the Anglican Foundation of Canada thanks donors from coast to coast to coast for an overwhelming response to its annual fundraising effort, expected to total more than $165,000, representing a 9% increase over last year.
Normally at this time of year, our neighbourhoods, shopping centres, restaurants, and churches don their holiday decorations and festive trimmings, and we, their delightful recipients, savour the anticipatory joy of the Christmas season. Alas, this year will be different.