Ceremony to bestow the

Order of the Diocese of Toronto

In his letter dated 30 November to Eunice Blakeley, The Right Reverend Andrew Asbil, Bishop of Toronto, named Blakeley to the Order of the Diocese of Toronto (ODT). The Bishop explained that the ODT Medals will be bestowed in a virtual version of the New Year's Levée at 2 pm on 1 January 2021.

 

"It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been nominated by your parish of St Matthew - St Aidan, Buckhorn, endorsed by your Area Bishop, and approved by me to be a Member of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto," Bishop Andrew stated. "Congratulations!"

 

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.”

Text missing in the live audio of ODT Ceremony
Eunice Blakeley has been nominated by the Parish of St Matthew-St Aidan for her example of discipleship and humility. Eunice exemplifies the teachings of Jesus Christ in her caring for others, in her dedication to the ministry of Christ’s Church, and in her building relationships within the community. She has provided critical leadership at important times in the life of the parish. Daily prayer and scripture reading always uphold Eunice in her journey of faith.

25 Comments

  1. Patricia Stockdale on 2 January 2021 at 9:08 PM

    Congratulations Eunice! The enrichment you give to our community , comes from the radiate light from within you. We all are empowered by it. Thank you for all you give.

  2. Patricia Stockdale on 2 January 2021 at 9:04 PM

    Congratulations Eunice !The enrichment to our community, comes from the very light, that radiates from within you. Thank you for all you do.

  3. Rick & Marion. on 2 January 2021 at 2:16 PM

    An Honour bestowed on a well deserving Good and Faithful Servant.
    An honour for all of us who have the privilege of being touched by her light.
    Congratulations Eunice, to you and all that you humbly do.
    May you continue to be a beacon through this New Year and always.
    Rick & Marion.

  4. Olive Walduck on 1 January 2021 at 3:05 PM

    Our little church in the village is so Happy for Eunice, she is so deserving of this recognition.
    We are so Blessed to have her at St. Matthew/St. Aidan in Buckhorn.
    Congratulations Eunice.
    Olive and Ray and all our Church Family.

    • Glenn Empey on 1 January 2021 at 4:48 PM

      Amen !

  5. Father Glenn on 1 January 2021 at 2:57 PM

    Missing from the Live stream due to audio malfunction:

    Missing in the live audio of ODT Ceremony from St james cathedral today:

    Eunice Blakeley has been nominated by the Parish of St Matthew-St Aidan for her example of discipleship and humility. Eunice exemplifies the teachings of Jesus Christ in her caring for others, in her dedication to the ministry of Christ’s Church, and in her building relationships within the community. She has provided critical leadership at important times in the life of the parish. Daily prayer and scripture reading always uphold Eunice in her journey of faith.

    Our most sincere congratulations to our dear Eunice !

    Glenn+

  6. Elaine on 1 January 2021 at 2:06 PM

    So proud of my mother, and such a well-deserved honour from her beloved Church.

  7. Judith Aarons on 31 December 2020 at 10:18 PM

    Congratulations Auntie! God bless you and the good work that you continue to do.

  8. Philip Panter on 31 December 2020 at 3:20 PM

    Congratulations Eunice!
    You have been given an honor of distinction.

  9. Andrea on 31 December 2020 at 2:38 PM

    “My mother, she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” – Jodi Picoult

    Love you Ma and could not be more proud of you.

    Andrea

    • Father Glenn on 31 December 2020 at 4:32 PM

      🙂 !!!

  10. Eva Graham on 30 December 2020 at 8:09 PM

    Sincere congratulations Eunice on your well deserved accomplishment. Buckhorn is fortunate to have you!

  11. April Sherwood on 30 December 2020 at 5:22 PM

    Congrats Eunice, you are most derserving of this honour, and it has been my privilege, to know you and Jim these few years. You both exemplify the very best in caring people. Enjoy this honour! And thank you Jim for being the kind of partner to encourage her.

  12. Beth Craig-Markle on 30 December 2020 at 5:19 PM

    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Congratulations to one who said ‘Here am I.’
    I will be watching Jan 1st….2021 is starting off very well, indeed! Beth

    • Glenn Empey on 1 January 2021 at 4:48 AM

      Hi Beth, A very insightful observation.

  13. Frank Jablonowski on 30 December 2020 at 1:38 PM

    Congratulations to you dear old friend: it’s an honour well deserved! a happy New year to you and your hubby!

  14. Peggy n Don Roberts on 30 December 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Eunice is the most giving person I have ever met and she deserves this award more than anyone else I know. Congratulations Eunice well deserved

  15. Father Glenn on 30 December 2020 at 12:27 PM

    Huge congratulations to Eunice. A very well-deserved recognition for years of humble service. We’re all “chuffed”!

    Walk good in 2021,

    Glenn+

  16. Janet Antcliffe on 30 December 2020 at 9:23 AM

    How wonderful for the people of Buckhorn to have the benefits of such noble service. Congratulations and thank you.

    • LaRosa Middleton on 31 December 2020 at 2:08 PM

      Congratulations Eunice. You are an amazing woman and so deserving of this recognition.

      Honored to be part of your family.

      Wishing you and all the family a Very Happy, Healthy New Year.

  17. william nicholls on 30 December 2020 at 7:39 AM

    Congratulations to Eunice.
    It is a well-deserved honor.

  18. Claudia Barnett on 30 December 2020 at 7:10 AM

    Congratulations to my beautiful and dedicated aunt.
    Love you,
    Claudia

    • Father Glenn on 30 December 2020 at 12:25 PM

      🙂

      • Georgia Aarons on 31 December 2020 at 3:37 PM

        My Aunt continues the work done by generations of women in our family. My great grand mother, my grand mother, my grand aunts, my mother and my aunt Eunice all work in the service of Christ. They were not great preachers but in their own way work to enrich the church and the body of Christ.

        • Father Glenn on 31 December 2020 at 4:32 PM

          Amen!

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