The Retirement of the Bishop of New South Wales

After fifteen years of service as both priest and bishop, the Most Rev. Tim Mansfield will be retiring from the role he pioneered, that of Bishop of the Diocese of New South Wales on January 1st 2023. 

Widely respected and loved within our community as an engaging teacher of Gnosticism and Contemplative spirituality with a pastoral heart and great humour, the Most Rev. Tim Mansfield has served as a pillar of the AJC throughout his time, with significant contributions that will continue to flourish beyond his initiative. 

From Johannite School, to the Office of the Hours, the revamped Seminary site and curriculum, to everyone’s favourite guest on Talk Gnosis, more times than anyone can count- enumerating Mar TImotheos’ contribution to the spiritual life, structure and work of the Apostolic Johannite Church is a significant task in its own right. 

The Most Rev. Tim Mansfield put in his request to change to Retired status as a result of his own discernment on his own spiritual path, well-being and the effects that the duty of leadership bring to each of these. Knowing these challenges and effects all too well, the Patriarch of the Apostolic Johannite Church has approved this change in status. 

As is its practice, Retired Clergy remain listed with the Apostolic Johannite Church as appropriate to their Order, with title confirmed by the Patriarch, and may undertake sacramental work with prior authorization

On behalf of a grateful Church and for his many years of selfless service, pastoral skill and a seeker’s heart, the Patriarch of the Apostolic Johannite Church will confirm Mar Timotheos as Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of New South Wales effective January 1st, 2023 and His Excellency will continue to advise the Patriarch in the years to come, in addition to remaining a dear friend and brother. 

Until the time that the Patriarch and Apostolic Council confirms a successor, the Rev. Fr. Brenden Humberdross will serve as Episcopal Vicar for Australia on behalf of the Patriarchate. 

St. Joseph of Arimathea Parish – Return of Liturgy

The Parish of St. Joseph of Arimathea (Calgary, Alberta) is pleased to announce the return of in-person Liturgy after a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

This resumption will begin subject to availability of space and schedule – with location and time information available for attendees of our regular discussion nights held on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. This is owing to our transitional location being private meeting space in a complex which is not open to the public.

Eventually, St. Joseph’s will either return to our previous home with the Unitarian Church, provided it meets any reevaluated needs of availability and accessibility, or settle on a new space in consultation with the needs of the community. 

While we are pleased to be on the other side of the in-person hiatus, our time online has created a few opportunities that might not have been explored otherwise. St. Joseph’s has been fortunate to see several members participate and contribute regularly who would not otherwise be able to do so, and this has been a blessing.

So rather than eliminate those meetings from our schedule or scale back to pre-pandemic activity, we’ve elected to maintain our current online schedule in addition to in-person meetings as we are able to schedule them.

Whether you’re local or have no local community, we hope we can become a community for you, to share your journey and be enriched in turn by the journeys of others. For more information on the Parish of St. Joseph of Arimathea please visit –

+ Most Rev. Shaun McCann
Parish of St. Joseph of Arimathea