The Most Reverend Colin Johnson, Metropolitan of Ontario and Bishop of Toronto has named Helen Minten to become a Member of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto. The Archbishop will be presenting the Medallion of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto to new members at his Levée on 1 January at St James Cathedral In Toronto.

The afternoon and evening will include a reception, a symphony performance and Choral Evensong at which point the presentations will be made by the Archbishop.

The purpose of the Order is to recognize and honour those members of the laity in the Diocese who have given outstanding service over a significant period of time in their volunteer ministry. We give thanks to God for the work and witness of those faithful lay persons in our Diocese who in the exercise of their baptismal ministry have demonstrated that “their light shines, their works glorify.”

“It’s a way of recognizing the significant contributions of lay people who have made an incredible difference in the life of the church and in the lives of people in their communities,” says Archbishop Colin Johnson. “They’re the real heroes of the church—maybe not quite saints, but saints in the making.”

The medallion and a pin will be presented this year to 48 recipients from across the diocese. Each parish was eligible to nominate one parishioner.

Upon receipt of her letter from the Archbishop, Helen said to Father Glenn Empey, parish priest, “Very special thanks [to the parish] for nominating me as a Member of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto… [I’m] overwhelmed! [It] brought me [to] tears.”

Father Glenn also stated that this is an honour for which Helen is highly due. Since 1978, she has served in many capacities in the parish to contribute significantly to the ministry and outreach of the community. “We are blessed to have Helen as such a faithful member of the congregation and one who serves in such love and reverence. There is no doubt that the entire parish recognizes these kinds of gifts in Helen and in her ministry in our midst,” he added.

The summary of comments related to Helen’s nomination states:

Helen Minten has been a consistent and faithful member of her parish since 1978. Having held every possible office within the parish over those years, she is a sterling model of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ – caring authentically for those in need. Soft-spoken and kind-spirited, she emanates deep humility as she continues along the steps of her journey in faith.

Since Helen will be away with family on 1 January, a suitable occasion will be found at which to present the Medal of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto to her when she has returned home to her parish family.

Originally posted 11 December 2016



  1. Peggy Roberts on 13 December 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Peggy n Don Roberts

    It has been a pleasure and a great honour to be a part of Helen’s quiet but firm leadership at our small
    parish in Buckhorn, and no one I know deservers this recognition any more than our beloved Helen.
    Congratulations well deserved my dear friend.

  2. Eunice Blakeley on 12 December 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Congratulations to a most deserving member of our small but might parish! It has been, and continues to be, a privilege to be part of Helen’s church family.

    • Father Glenn on 12 December 2016 at 10:06 PM

      This is a highly deserved recognition for our dear Helen. It also indicates the might of the wee parishes in our Diocese!

      Glenn +

    • Andrea J. on 13 December 2016 at 11:24 PM

      Please share my congratulations with Ms. Helen!


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