This Week: “Reverend Donald Axford ” [May 21st, 2017]

He is one of the most charmingly irreverent Reverends we know, and he takes his place proudly as a member of St. Stephen’s: this weekend the Reverend Donald Axford is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his ordination to the diaconate.

A graduate of Huron College in Ontario (M.Div), with two graduate degrees from St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton (MA, Th.M.), Don has served the church in Ontario and Alberta, concluding his active ministry as Canon Pastor of the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary.

His longest ministry was at St. George’s, Stettler. He signed on for 3-6 months and left fourteen years later as Regional Dean—and Citizen of the Year. There, despite his own popularity in both the parish and the community, he witnessed the decline of the Anglican Church in rural Alberta—leaving him the only remaining full-time priest in the deanery.

Don has played many civic roles, including President of the Rotary Club, President of the Music Festival, and Padre to the Legion. He is a member of the Canadian Club of Calgary, the Calgary West Rotary Club, and the Eau Claire YMCA. His political activity is legendary and he has known just about every major Alberta politician of the last thirty years.

Don has survived the many battles of modern Christianity, from abortion to the ordination of women to same-sex blessings (Don was one of the “Rogue Six” who blessed a same-sex marriage at St. Stephen’s last year).

We’re just happy he’s here. Congratulations, Don!


The Calgary Welsh Society proudly presents its Spring Concert for Mother’s Day. The concert features Soloists Laura Styler, Edith Pritchard, Matthew Bruce, Aaron Dimoff with Ron Bennie as accompanist. The afternoon with feature selections from musicals, opera and Welsh favorites. Celebrate Mother’s day and join us for this FREE Concert !


The Junior Choirs Cantilena and Cantiga (ages 6 – 11) present “Sing Out With Joy”. Cantaré Children’s Choir was formed in 1997 by Founder / Artistic Director Catherine Glaser-Climie to enrich the lives of children through the power and wonder of music.
Cantaré’s commitment to training young voices and the development of comprehensive musicianship skills and literacy is evidenced by the breathtaking magic of their performances and extensive range of choral repertoire at the highest artistic level. This unique program offers four ensembles to meet the needs of differing ages and backgrounds. Come and hear the beautiful sounds of children’s voices. Tickets are $20, available at

This Week: [May 7th, 2017]

St. Stephen’s’ members are creative people. It’s reflected in the way we’ve developed our worship space as a hub for the arts, and our Memorial Hall as affordable studios for artists. It’s reflected in our programming, which includes the Midtown Mosaic, a major annual art show curated by Ginny Binder—herself a successful artist.

Sometimes our members break through themselves and make us proud. Two weeks ago Todd Hirsch and Rob Roach launched their book on successful adaptation to unwanted change. “Spiders in Space” begins with the observation that spiders in the International Space Station re-learned how to spin a web in zero gravity. Todd and Rob then collect stories of local adapters who, similarly, have learned to thrive when adverse changes rocked their world; and they draw conclusions about the personal qualities of successful adapters everywhere. An inspiring read, and all the more so because we know the inspiring authors bringing us the story!

Then, last week, our own Maureen Jones won a Rosie Award for Best Narrator at the Alberta Film and Television Awards in Edmonton. She was cited for her work in the 2016 short fantasy film, “It’s All in Your Head”, a creepy bedtime story about a monster in the closet. Her voice is described as “eerie and menacing … perfect for the story.” But we already knew that Maureen’s voice is “perfect for the story” for all the times she has brought the Biblical stories to life for us! Our congratulations to each of you!

Calgary Korean Choir One Voice

The Calgary Korean Canadian Choir under the direction of Hana kyung—hui Kim, is presenting its spring concert ‘ONE VOICE’. This is a mixed choir of 40 members and will be joined by the Foothills Philharmonic chorus under the direction of Tim Kortius as well as the Korean Children’s Choir. They will be presenting music ranging from Vivaldi to Arvo Part, along with Korean folk songs and art songs. Not to be missed event. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door