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The Most Reverend
Michael Geoffrey Peers
Primate Emeritus of the Anglican Church of Canada
Michael Peers in Regina after election as Bishop of Qu'Appelle.jpg
Michael Peers in Regina after election as Bishop of Qu'Appelle
Church Anglican Church of Canada
See Extra-diocesan
In office 1986–2004
Predecessor Ted Scott
Successor Andrew Hutchison
Ordination 1960
Consecration 1977
Personal details
Born (1934-07-31) 31 July 1934 (age 81)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Spouse Dorothy Bradley
Children 3
Previous post Bishop of Qu'Appelle (1977–1986)
Archbishop of Qu'Appelle and Metropolitan of Rupert's Land

Michael Geoffrey Peers (born 31 July 1934) was Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada from 1986 to 2004.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Peers completed an undergraduate degree in languages at the University of British Columbia in 1956 and a diploma in translation at the University of Heidelberg in 1957. He had intended to embark on a career in diplomacy.

In the meantime, an interest in religion which had begun in his youth after a non-religious upbringing, increased and he decided to seek ordination. He entered Trinity College at the University of Toronto where he obtained a licentiate in theology. He was ordained as an Anglican priest and served in the following positions:

Peers speaks English, French, Spanish, German and Russian. He is married with three children and four grandchildren. He currently resides in Toronto, Ontario where he is Ecumenist-in-Residence at the Toronto School of Theology. In 2006 his Grace Notes: Journeying With the Primate, 1995-2004 (ISBN 1-55126-437-4), a collection of his monthly columns in the Anglican Journal, was published, and in 2007 his The Anglican Episcopate in Canada: Volume IV, 1977-2007.

Peers is now confessor to the monastery of the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Boston. He is also Ecumenist in Residence at the Toronto School of Theology.

Ministry on the prairies[edit]

Having come from a background that might have suggested to prairie folk that he was an "eastern" élitist, Peers quickly established himself as keen sympathiser with the ideals of prairie populism. Rural Saskatchewanians quickly perceived that Peers was their ardent supporter—that the ideals of prairie populism were his own ideals—and that his obvious membership in the Canadian élite was entirely to their advantage. The life of a prairie bishop is one of endless travel along the highways and byways of the prairie hinterland: in the course of such travels Peers made long and lasting friendships with many members of the Saskatchewan leadership, as with many grassroots Saskatchewanians, and these friendships amply informed the national and worldwide ministry of his primacy.

Major events of his primacy[edit]

Major events include:

  • the introduction of the Book of Alternative Services (to supplement — but in effect replace — the Book of Common Prayer, and over the objections of the Prayer Book Society of Canada, which unsuccessfully litigated the matter in an ecclesiastical court over which Archbishop Peers presided);
  • the achieving of full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (in which he played a pivotal role);
  • the formal apology to native peoples for the abuses which occurred in the Residential Schools;
  • financial settlement with the federal government over aboriginal claims against native residential schools operated on the government's behalf principally by Anglican and Roman Catholic churches;
  • en route to the 1978 Lambeth Conference touched down in the newly independent Solomon Islands and the then-North Solomons Province of Papua New Guinea though it was Roman Catholic and United Church, to the former of which he and Mrs. Peers returned, having established friendly relations and later as Primate sending a bishop;
  • the stand taken by the Anglican Church in 1986 in support of Canada's northern people, who depended on the seal hunt, against the international animal rights lobby; towards the end of his tenure,
  • the emergence of the issue of the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy (which he supported); and
  • his presidency of the Metropolitan Council of Cuba (a council that oversees the episcopal work of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Cuba, once a part of the Episcopal Church in the United States which is because of US government policy no longer able to take any role there);
  • his cultivation of a much closer relationship between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church of the United States.

External links[edit]

Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Fredric Jackson
Bishop of Qu'Appelle
Succeeded by
Eric Bays
Preceded by
Frederick Crabb
Metropolitan of Rupert's Land
Succeeded by
Kent Clarke
Preceded by
Ted Scott
Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada
Succeeded by
Andrew Hutchison

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Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:48:45 -0700

... operated many of the residential schools along with the Catholic Church: "I am sorry, more than I can say, that we tried to remake you in our image, taking from you your language and the signs of your identity," Archbishop Michael Peers said in ...


Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:06:22 -0700

Attorneys for the former officer said they were disappointed in the judge's decision on bond Monday but "remain firmly convinced that following a review of all the evidence, a jury of Michael's peers will find that he was free of any criminal intent in ...
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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:11:15 -0800

Now, in 2016, the priests have over 230 concerts under their belts, and have sung for three primates – Archbishops Michael Peers, Andrew Hutchison and Fred Hiltz – as well as Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. They have performed on the CBC, with ...


Sun, 20 Mar 2016 18:06:24 -0700

Donna Bomberry of the Cayuga Nation smiles during a light moment at a special service held at the Mohawk Chapel in Brantford on Saturday. Bomberry delivered the official response to a statement by the Anglican Church of Canada.

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Sun, 17 Jan 2016 16:43:10 -0800

Michael Peers, apologized for the way his church operated residential schools across the country. "I have heard the voices of the people who experienced abuse and the scars that endure to this day," Peers said. "I have felt shame as I listen to the ...


Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:07:30 -0800

Michael Peers' 1993 apology to residential school survivors. He was exactly the right person for the job. The Rev. Max reported to his congregation on Sunday that it was an extremely emotional experience, both for him and for the large group of people ...

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