First Appointment in the Regiment’s 103 Year History
St. Luke’s Cathedral is honoured to announce the appointment of The Very Reverend James McShane as Honourary Chaplain of the 49th Field Regiment.
Dean McShane has been a regular follower of the unit activities and a gracious host to the regiment for church parades and musical celebrations. The regiment was without a military chaplain and Dean McShane offered to provide pastoral support to all Our Officer and Non Commissioned Members. His past military connections, while ministering in Trenton, has given Dean McShane a unique understanding of Military family and their needs.
“I am thankful to be given the opportunity to serve the men and women of the 49th Regiment. I have a deep respect to our military personnel and their families and am honoured to be appointed to serve them in their spiritual needs.” Dean McShane
January 7, 2016 in a special ceremony conducted in front of the Regiment, Dean McShane received his honoury appointment. This is the first such appointment in the Regiment’s 103-year history. The Dean and his family were escorted on a tour of the armoury and the recently dedicated “Faith Room”.
“As a sign of our appreciation for his commitment and pastoral leadership, we have bestowed this first ever recognition, of “Honorary Padre” on Dean McShane. We are very pleased to have Dean McShane in service to our personnel.” LCol Lance Knox
The Rt Reverend Dr. Stephen Andrews, Bishop of the Diocese of Algoma, demonstrated his support of this first ever appointment through his signature on the certificate of his appointment of “Honourary Padre”. Bishop Andrews fully supports the pastoral partnership of Dean McShane’s ministry with the Regiment leading St. Luke’s congregation in prayer on Sunday February 7, 2016.
The 49th (SSM) Field Regiment RCA is part of 33 Canadian Brigade Group, 4th Canadian Division. St Luke’s Cathedral is the regimental church for 49th (SSM) Field Regiment RCA.