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Northern Lights - Diocese of Yukon Newsletter

Easter 1965

    "Northern Lights" is the journal of the Anglican Diocese of Yukon. It is published 2-3 times a year, and has been since about the early 1940s. Copied below are some samples of the articles in the Easter 1965 edition, which also has a very good 4-page section on the Parish of Mayo, which included Mayo, Elsa, Calumet and Keno Hill, and its rector, The Rev. David Morris. The entire 16-page journal can be viewed and/or downloaded at our Dropbox site (11MB).

Our Front Cover: Another of the "Quong Pictures" of our parish churches appears on the cover of this issue. Photographed by James Quong, one of our active laymen at Christ Church Cathedral, we see one of our tiniest churches in the Diocese: All Saints at Keno City in David Morris' parish.

For eight years in this town Canon Arthur Privett has spelled out, in his very being, the faithful pastor. "Everyone who knows him has something to be grateful for" a sourdough said this very week. In the hour of need Arthur is there, no matter what the hour, who the person. This church in Whitehorse has the longest record of continuing ministry since its establishment in 1901. Ultimately every Yukoner comes to town, to the bright lights, to shop, to hospital, to jail, on the way in or OUTSIDE.

Whitehorse is headquarters of the Diocese. To the Cathedral community come all the missionaries and their families to Clergy Conference. Who has all in readiness? Who visits the institutions, meets the bus and plane?

Who extends the hospitality of the parish and the Diocese, backed up by his wife and loyal family? Arthur Privett. Theirs is home away from home for all our single staff.


Up until this past year, The Rev. Richard Martin, now in his 80's, has fended for himself, though he has been blinded since shortly after his ordination thirty-five years ago. Now though he is not ill, "just tired sometimes", he stays in St. Mary's Hospital, Dawson City. "Everybody good", he reports about his new home. Still Richard takes part in the church services in Dawson, leading his own people in their tongue. Beloved by all the clergy, who have been his co-workers, Richard Martin's heart yearns for the Indians, for his children, and his children's children that they too will keep close to Christ.

In the photograph in front of one of the Indian Department homes he has measured the length of the log by the span of his hands, then saws it, while his bishop splits it for firewood. Bishop Marsh spent much time waiting for a plane to Old Crow with Richard, learning Loucheaux, trying to read the hymns and prayers. One of the Bishop's great concerns is the lack of any Yukon youth who will follow Richard in leading the people in the Church to Christ.


Miss Mary Jocz is a primary teacher at the Watson Lake Public School this year. The daughter of Dr. Jakob Jocz, Professor of Systematic Theology at Wycliffe College, Toronto, Mary is one of those valuable Christians mentioned in the article on page 14. As well as teaching in the day school, Mary helps with the Sunday School at the Church of St. John the Baptist. She is helping the children of her class stretch their horizons by encouraging them to save their pennies for a needy child in India. This is Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in Action - Toronto - Watson Lake - Overseas.


Word has just been received that a bequest of $2,000.00 from the estate of the late Mr. George Stringer has been left to the Diocese of Yukon. Mr. Stringer is a brother of the late Archbishop I. O. Stringer, Second Bishop of Yukon.

We are VERY aware that the "back of the block" needs improving. At present there are a few garbage cans, a couple of garages, and incinerators. With this bequest we intend to improve THE BLOCK by providing paint for the exterior of the Cathedral and the Parish Hall. We plan to make a little park in our frontier town around the Old Log Church Museum; with benches for travellers to rest, a green oasis for townfolk. All this will be done in memory of two Stringer brothers: layman and bishop.

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