Fr. Doug Hayman, pastor of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ottawa, has been named Dean of the Canadian Deanery of St. John the Baptist of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
This is great news for the Canadian deanery!
Fr. Hayman said he was “deeply humbled” by the call.
“On one hand, I was a little daunted by the invitation; on the other, it really stirred my heart, because I have been moved a lot lately to think and pray about how we — and I in particular — ought to be more deliberate about pastoral care, communication and encouragement within this rather far-flung Canadian Deanery,” he said. “It seemed to be the Lord calling me through the Bishop to that for which He has been preparing me over the last few months.”
Fr. Hayman said he hopes to bring: “a willing heart; a tangible pastoral presence for my brethren in ministry across this country; an attentive ear, and a commitment to try to communicate well with and between Canadian communities, but also across our international border; prayer; encouragement.”
“I would really like to find some ways to help us to feel more like we are in this together — not just as clergy, but with our communities,” he said. “Further, I hope to bring hope: hope in the Gospel, with a conviction that God has not called us in vain, but has begun a good work — a great work — which He will carry through to completion — an end beyond all that we can imagine — if we would just be faithful — disciples whose eyes, hearts, minds and wills stay fixed on Jesus.”
Born in Toronto, but raised in Ottawa where his family moved in 1962 when he was six years old, Fr. Hayman was ordained as an Anglican deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada on May 7, 1986 and as priest Dec. 4 of that year for the Diocese of Ottawa.
He served as an Anglican priest in downtown Ottawa, then in Western Quebec. In 1995, the Ontario Diocese invited him to take a parish near the St. Lawrence.
in 2004, Fr. Hayman and his family left the Anglican Church to serve within the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, part of the Traditional Anglican Communion.
He was received into the fullness of the Catholic Church in April 2012, and ordained as a Catholic deacon on Nov. 30 and as a priest on Dec. 14.
After Easter in 2014, he assumed his present position as Parochial Administrator of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Fr. Hayman has been married to Carolyn since 1988 and they have three adult children: Tim, Katie and John, and a Sheltie named Lucy.
Not only does he have a sensitive pastor’s heart, Fr. Hayman is an excellent teacher and homilist. This new role for our pastor might mean a sacrifice for us, as he is likely to be doing more traveling to visit our far-flung Deanery communities.
Congratulations, Fr. Hayman!