Fonds - Reformed Episcopal Church fonds

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Reformed Episcopal Church fonds

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2.5 m of textual records and photographs

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The Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) is an Anglican church in the United States and Canada and a founding member of the new Anglican Church in North America. Founded in 1873 by Bishop George David Cummins, formerly of the Protestant Episcopal Church, the Reformed Episcopal Church conducts services according to its own edition of the Book of Common Prayer, based heavily on the Church of England's 1662 Book of Common Prayer. The REC holds to a faith rooted in the English Reformation.

Within a year of the founding of the REC, like-minded Canadian Anglicans in New Brunswick and Ontario seceded from that Church and formed Reformed Episcopal congregations. In October 1874, Edward Cridge, dean of the Anglican cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia, withdrew with about 350 of his congregation and joined the Reformed Episcopal Church. Cridge was consecrated a bishop for the REC in 1876.

Custodial history

Records were maintained at St. Paul’s Reformed Episcopal Church, New Westminster, BC, headquarters of the Bishop Primus, until its closure in 2002, at which time they were transferred to the Church of Our Lord in Victoria.

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Fonds pertains to the Reformed Episcopal Church in Canada, the United States and England (known as the Free Church of England). The fonds consists of four series:

I. General Synod of the Reformed Episcopal Church of Canada (annual reports, correspondence, constitutions and canons, legal cases and general information, ca.70 cm;

II. Diocese of Western Canada (annual reports, records of individual churchs), ca.150 cm;

III. Free Church of England (yearbooks 1928-1993, and publications), ca.25 cm;

IV. Reformed Episcopal Church USA (newsletters, pamphlets, constitution and canons, general information), ca.25 cm.
The largest portion of the fonds consists of the records of St. Paul's Reformed Episcopal Church, New Westminster, which was from 1883 to 2002. The St. Paul's REC sub-series includes marriage, baptism and burial registers, Vestry records, records of womens groups, scrapbooks and other material.

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Access by appointment only. Other access restrictions may apply

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Records were transferred to newly established archives program in 2009

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Church of Our Lord Archives

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Created July 17, 2009

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