Anglican churches across the ecclesiastical province of Ontario — including St. Luke’s Cathedral in Sault Ste. Marie — will remain closed for in-person worship services until at least September as they observe a sacred summer rest relative to the COVID-19 pandemic.
St. Luke’s Anglican Cathedral (in above photo) is located on the corner of Albert and Brock streets in the Sault’s downtown.
“The well-being and safety of all our parishioners and the communities we serve is uppermost in our hearts and minds,” relayed Archbishop Anne Germond.
The decision was made by the provincial house of Anglican bishops and released in a pastoral letter by Archbishop Germond.
Archbishop Germond noted that regardless of where the Government of Ontario is with its plans, Anglican churches will not be reopening for the next three months, calling it a decision made in consultation with public health experts and other diocesan officials.
Online worship services, food security, and other essential outreach and community ministries taking place in church buildings will continue, as they have been in recent months.