The Parish of St. Michael's Anglican Church in Canmore, is under the leadership of our incumbent, Rev. Howard Thornton and Associate Priest Rev. Seth Enriquez, who works collaboratively with the Church Wardens, the Parish Council, and members of the Ministry Team which includes Associate Priest Seth Enriquez, Honorary Assistant Rev. Richard LeSueur, Rev Deacon Elizabeth Short and Rev Deacon Sean Krausert.
St Michaels enjoys a close relationship with the Parish of St George in-the-Pines Anglican Church in Banff where Rev Howard is also the Church Incumbent and Rev. Seth is the Associate. Both Churches have benefited from shared ministry, shared Sunday Church Services, and shared meetings of the two Church Corporations. They are bound together in an agreement that both churches have accepted which creates strengthened ministry opportunities in the entire Bow Valley. We are one of the 71 active parishes in the Anglican Diocese of Calgary.
Anglicans are Christians who are a part of a worldwide family of churches born out of the Church in England, which emerged as a distinct expression of Christian faith over 450 years ago and now spans six continents and over 165 countries. We share a common heritage as part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church—holding sacred the scriptures of the Old and New Testament, the teaching and worship tradition of the historic Church, and the Eucharist. We are committed to living out that faith as disciples of Jesus in the context of contemporary society. Our national church is organized into areas called dioceses, each with its own bishop to give leadership and oversight.
Established in 1888 with the city of Calgary as its base, the Diocese of Calgary is one of thirty dioceses which make up the Anglican Church of Canada and one of ten dioceses in the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land. Our bishop is Archbishop Greg Kerr-Wilson, who is also the Metropolitan of the Ecclesiatical Province of Rupert's Land.
The Anglican Diocese of Calgary includes approximately 10,000 Anglicans in the southern part of the Province of Alberta. From the Saskatchewan border in the east to the British Columbia border in the west and from the U.S. border in the south to an east-west line running through Lacombe just north of Red Deer, the Anglican Diocese of Calgary encompasses an area of approximately 88,000 square kilometres.