HONORARY ASSISTANT CLERGY

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FR. IAN NICOLS

Fr. Ian Nichols has been an Honorary Assistant since September 2000. Before that his wife, Jean, and their eldest daughter, Janet, had been singing in the Choir at St. Thomas's for several years. Ian and Jean have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Ian was born in Kent, England, and came to Canada at age 10 with his parents, brother and sister. He studied at the University of Toronto and Wycliffe College, and was ordained deacon in 1964 and priest in 1965. For eight years he served in the Diocese of Fredericton, as assistant curate in the parish of Fredericton and then rector of the Parish of Stanley. He moved back to Toronto in 1972, and served as Associate Priest at St. Wilfrid's Islington, and Rector of St. Nicholas Birch Cliff.

In the mid-1970s he began to have increasing difficulty with his eyesight because of a degenerative condition called retinitis pigmentosa, and was registered as a blind person in October 1977. His significant difficulty with independent mobility made him look around within and outside the Church for an alternative form of ministry, and in 1978 he went to London, England to take the course in physiotherapy run by the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Upon his return he obtained a position at the Toronto East General Hospital, where he worked as a physiotherapist until his retirement in 2003.

Through all those years he continued to practice his vocation as a priest, as an Honorary Assistant at St. Michael's Highgate in London, at St. Nicholas Birch Cliff, and at the Church of St. Simon-the-Apostle in Toronto, before coming to St. Thomas's.

At St. Thomas's Fr. Nichols' role is mostly liturgical. With the necessary assistance he officiates or assists at Sunday services, and celebrates a weekday Mass twice each month.

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FR JEFFRY KENNEDY

As Honorary Assistant, Fr Kennedy is a grateful and enthusiastic member of the clergy team.

Being at St Thomas's is a coming home of sorts - having first attended and worshipped in this place on a transformative visit in his teenage years from Brantford. The significance of that powerful experience remains with him to this day.

Since his retirement in 2013, Fr Kennedy enjoys his current journey of learning and re-discovery. "Returning home" to St Thomas's tradition of ancient words and liturgy provides him with an experience of feeling bathed, healed, renewed and nourished.

Fr Kennedy grew up in the Diocese of Huron and was ordained Priest in the Diocese of Toronto in 1986.

After serving at St Clement's, the Parish of Perrytown and St Alban's, he served most recently as rector of St Matthias Bellwoods - the founding Anglo-Catholic church in the Diocese of Toronto - as well as Regional Dean of Parkdale.

Fr Kennedy attended Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo with a focus in both psychology and music. At Huron College Seminary at the University of Western Ontario, he earned his Master of Divinity.

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FR ROY HOULT

Thoroughly enjoying being retired, Fr Hoult, Rector Emeritus, also never forgets how much he enjoyed more than forty years of ordained ministry, over half of which was spent as Rector of Saint Thomas's. He and his wife Diane's three sons, Colin, Jonathan, and Neil, very much grew up in and around the Rectory on Huron street and now are mature young men successful in their chosen careers. Fr Hoult himself stays in touch with the wider world via his computer and indulges in at least two of his hobbies: model railroading and gardening, each in admittedly limited space. He is enormously appreciative of the very great privilege of being invited to assist Fr Andrews in whatever ways he can do so.