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Foreign and Colonial Entelligence.
AUSTRALIA.-The Bishops of Newcastle and Melbourne.-Intelligence has been received of the safe arrival of the Bishops of Newcastle and Melbourne in their respective dioceses, in the course of January last. Addresses of welcome and congratulation were presented to the Bishop of Newcastle from the Australian Diocesan Committee of the Parent Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, and the Church of England Lay Association. The former contains the following passage: "The announcement of the division of this extensive diocese into four, and of the consecration in one day of three Bishops destined for the newly-erected sees of Newcastle, Melbourne, and Adelaide, excited in our minds the liveliest feelings of joy and gratitude; and we sincerely trust that they may prosper in their endeavours to extend to this newlyerected province of the Church the full advantage of apostolic order and discipline.' The Bishop of Melbourne was greeted on his arrival by a deputation, which came to pay their respects to him on board the Diamond steamer, on its arrival in Hobson's Bay. His lordship was installed on Friday, January 28th, in St. James's Church, which was crowded to
BARBADOS. Visitation of the Archdeaconry of Trinidad. The Bishop of Barbados has been engaged, between March 11th and May 8th, in a Visitation of the Archdeaconry of Trinidad, comprising the islands of Trinidad, Grenada, and Tobago. In Trinidad he confirmed 205 persons, ordained two deacons, consecrated a burial-ground and two churches, and held a Visitation of the Clergy, of whom thirteen were present. From Trinidad his lordship proceeded to Tobago, where he confirmed 649 persons, and visited several schools. The Bishop also, after an inspection of the ruins, made arrangements with the rectors of the different parishes for the restoration, as far as practicable, of the ecclesiastical buildings overthrown or injured in the hurricane, out of the grants made to the Bishop for this purpose by religious societies in England. From Tobago the Bishop proceeded to Grenada, where he instituted the Rev. J. A. Anton, on the presentation of the Governor, to the rectory of St. George, and thence to Carriacou, where he held a Confirmation, and examined the different schools of Carriacou, five in number. His lordship then returned to Grenada, and remained there for a fortnight, visiting the different parishes, and their schools. The number of persons confirmed in the rural deanery of Grenada, was one hundred and twenty-seven.
CANADA. DIOCESE OF QUEBEC.-Visitation at Montreal.—The Lord Bishop of Montreal held the triennial Visitation of the Clergy
of the diocese of Quebec, in the parish church of Montreal, on Wednesday, July 5th. Fifty-eight clergymen were present, besides the three chaplains in attendance upon the Bishop, and two retired missionaries. In the evening of the same day the annual meeting of the Diocesan Church Society was held. The report spoke favourably of the progress of the Society's operations.
Ordination. At the ordination held by the Bishop of Montreal on Trinity Sunday last, seven candidates were admitted to deacons', and three deacons to priests' orders. Of the ten, seven were from Bishop's College, Lennoxville, and one from King's College, Fredericton. There was a large attendance of laity, fifty-four of whom remained to receive the Holy Communion with the clergy.
Death of a Clergyman from Emigrant Fever.-One of the clergymen who responded to the call of the Bishop of Montreal, mentioned in our last', for voluntary assistance in ministering to the emigrants at Grosse Isle, has fallen a victim to his devoted zeal. The name of the deceased was the Rev. W. Thompson. It appears that in early life he had been an officer in the British navy. He had lost his wife, and all his children but one, shortly after his arrival in Canada; the surviving child, which had been sent home at the time, was recently sent for back to Canada; and it was partly with a view to welcome his child, that Mr. Thompson volunteered to take the first turn of duty at Grosse Isle this year.
Proposed Division of the Diocese.-The Annual Report of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel concludes its account of the diocese of Quebec by the following statement:
"The Bishop has repeatedly, during the last two or three years, brought before the Society the urgent need of a division of his diocese ; and the fact "-mentioned in the Report-" of two clergymen having to travel more than 700 miles in such a country to attend his last Visitation, is a convincing proof of the necessity of such a measure. Under the arrangements at present existing, the bishopric of Montreal is a mere title, the city of Montreal being within the jurisdiction of the see of Quebec, which is the residence of the Bishop. It is obvious, however, that Montreal, which is the seat of government, and incomparably the first city in Her Majesty's North American dominions, should not any longer be left without a Bishop of its own." A similar opinion expressed in the fourth Report of the Colonial Bishoprics' Committee, encourages us to hope that this desirable object will ere long be carried into effect.
CANADA. DIOCESE OF TORONTO.-Ordination and Confirmations.An Ordination was held by the Lord Bishop of Toronto in Christ Church, Hamilton, on Sunday, the 30th of July, when ten candidates were admitted to deacons' and five deacons to priests' orders. Of the ten deacons, seven were from the Diocesan Theological College at Cobourg, and three from King's College, Toronto. In holding the Ordination in the city of Hamilton, the Lord Bishop
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acted upon an intention entertained for some time, of performing this solemn service occasionally, and in turns, in such of the principal parishes of the diocese as it may be found practicable to include in such an arrangement. Accommodation was provided for the candidates at the residences of the gentry in the city. Not less than 1000 persons were present on this occasion, many of whom attended from neighbouring parishes. In the evening a Confirmation was held in the same church, at which seventy-five persons received that holy rite. On Saturday, the 5th of August, the Lord Bishop left Toronto for a Confirmation in the Indian Mission, at Manitoulin Island,
Church Society's Sixth Annual Report. The Sixth Annual Meeting of the Toronto Church Society was held on the 9th of June last. The Report announces an addition of two missionaries during the year, making a total of ten clergymen supported wholly or in part through the medium of the Society; and a further increase, contemplated by the Bishop after his next Ordination, when three or four new travelling missions were to be opened. Four Indian interpreters are also supported by the Society.
The receipts of the Society, including its branches, are stated at 30591. Os. 5d., exclusive of the offertory collections made on Good Friday, 1847, for the distressed Irish and Scotch, which amounted to 5831.9s. 8d. Of this amount two-thirds were forwarded to the Primate of Ireland, and one-third to the Primus of the Church in Scotland.
This was the first year in which the whole of the four annual sermons were preached under Article XIX. of the Constitution; namely, one in behalf of the Widow and Orphans' Fund; two for the support of Missionaries within the diocese; and the fourth in aid of the Bishop's Students' Fund, for assistance to candidates for holy orders at the Diocesan Theological College at Cobourg,
The number of students during the year was seventeen, of whom nine received an allowance from the funds at the rate of 401. currency per annum. The Theological College was expected to furnish at least seven candidates for holy orders at the ensuing general Ordination,
The circulation of the Society's depository during the year was as follows:-Bibles, 513; Testaments, 843; Prayer Books, 1416; Publications of the Society, bound 21; Tracts, 30; Publications of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Bound books, 1612; Tracts, 7562; of the Bristol Tract Society, 808; miscellaneous, bound, 957; Tracts, 498.
The district branches are now ten in number; the district of Colborne having been separated from the Newcastle district, and made into a separate district branch, under the title of the Colborne district branch. The districts are:-1. Newcastle. 2. Midland and Victoria. 3. Prince Edward. 4. Eastern, Johnstown, Bathurst, and Dalhousie, 5. Niagara. 6. Gore and Wellington. 7. London, Western, and Huron. 8. Brock, 9. Talbot. 10. Colborne.
In the Report of the Prince Edward district branch it is stated, that at the annual meeting held in September last, there were either mem
bers, letters, or messages from every township in the Peninsula, giving in their adhesion to the Society.
Administration of Clergy Reserves.-The Annual Report of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel contains the following "Regulations for the appropriation of the share of the Clergy Reserves Fund in the diocese of Toronto, for the support and maintenance of public worship, and the propagation of religious knowledge,' under the authority of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, pursuant to the Act 3 & 4 Victoria, cap. 78:
"I. That a sum of 1200l. per annum, currency, be appropriated to the maintenance of a theological institution for the diocese of Toronto. "II. That annual grants of 60l. currency be made to travelling missionaries.
"III. That stipends to the clergy in the settled districts be paid, equal in amount to the sum raised within the diocese; that in no case shall such stipend be less than 50l. currency, or more than 150l. currency; and that, of the sum raised from sources within the diocese, at least 50l. currency shall be raised within the mission itself, and a house provided.
"IV. That the sum of 607. sterling be allowed to each unmarried, and 100%. sterling to each married missionary proceeding from England, for passage and outfit; and that a further sum of 60l. currency be allowed to each missionary, travelling or settled, on his taking possession of his first charge, to meet the expense of first establishing himself.
"V. That the continuance of the clergyman's services in any particular mission must be understood to depend on the fulfilment, by the people, of the conditions on which he was sent to reside among them. "VI. That the missionaries at present on the Society's list be allowed to take advantage of the above arrangements, should they desire to do so."
Indian Industrial School.-An interesting scene took place on the 10th of June last at Alderville, in laying the foundation-stone of a school-house for the Industrial Indian School in the Indian village of Alnwick, in the presence of a large number of Indians who had assembled on the occasion. Already many of the young of both sexes of the Indians of Alnwick have been trained at this school, which, in addition to the usual education, will give them additional practical knowledge, and so make them valuable members of society.
CANARY ISLANDS.-Religious condition of English Residents.-Two correspondents of the Colonial Church Chronicle give an interesting account of the religious condition of the English residents in these islands. They are scattered over five islands in the group, and are altogether about one hundred in number. The greater part of them are settled in one or other of the principal towns of Teneriffe ; viz. Santa Cruz on the south side of the island, and Tratara on the north, a distance of about five-and-twenty miles from each other. At Las
Palmas, the capital of Grand Canary, there are between thirty and forty; in the Isle of Palma there is but one Englishman, who united himself to the Church of Rome last winter. In Tuertaventura two English families reside, and there are three or four Englishmen in the island of Lauzarote. All these are usually without Church ministrations of any kind. In the spring of the present year, a large party visited Teneriffe from Madeira, when an attempt was made to establish a Church-service at Santa Cruz. A large congregation assembled at the house of H. B. M.'s consul; but the public celebration of the Lord's Supper, a privilege which has never yet been afforded to the English in Teneriffe, could not be accomplished.
Some of the consuls and vice-consuls have at different times established lay-services in their houses, and occasionally an English clergyman, visiting the islands, has performed duty during his sojourn. The feeling of the English residents is said to be such as to secure a favourable welcome to a clergyman offering his ministrations. The conduct of the Spanish Church is here, as every where, most intolerant; at Las Palmas, those English that have been compelled to have their children baptized by Roman Catholic clergy, have experienced the greatest difficulty in burying in their own cemetery such as have died, and after burying them, in preventing the people from tearing up the body. There are two small burying-places appropriated to the English, one at Orotara, the other at Santa Cruz; the condition of the former is described as being painfully in accordance with the waste and scattered state of the living temple.
Condition of the Romish Church.-The Romish Church at Teneriffe is described by one of the correspondents of the Colonial Church Chronicle, as being in a condition of utter decay and decrepitude. Although there is a Bishop in the island, resident at Laguna, no ordination has been held for twelve years. Owing to the suppression of the religious orders, and the general confiscation of Church property, the means of maintaining even the present generation of clergy are hardly forthcoming. It is also mentioned, as an interesting fact, that many of the most influential Spanish families are either directly descended from Irish Roman Catholic refugees who fled thither in the time of Cromwell, or have intermarried with the descendants of such families, in consequence of which a knowledge of the English language is very widely diffused amongst the educated Spaniards. Hence it is thought that the establishment of our Church in the island, in a regular and efficient manner, might operate most beneficially.
The Spanish Church at Las Palmas is apparently in a more active and energetic state than in Teneriffe. A new Bishop has recently arrived, accompanied by a priest called "el missionario," who, after his arrival, made a practice of preaching every evening throughout Lent at one of the parish churches, and sometimes from the balcony of the palace. When the Bishop descended from the pulpit, the missionary took his place, and followed up the Bishop's practical addresses by an appeal to the feelings.