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Working Towards Greater Diversity: A Blessing or a Curse? The Experience of the Canadian Military Chaplaincy

Guy Chapdelaine
Guy Chapdelaine
Abstract :

Religious diversity is not a new reality for the Canadian Armed Forces chaplaincy. During the Boer War (1899–1902),six Canadian military chaplains,1 including a Methodist, a Presbyterian, two Anglicans, and two Catholics, were tasked with accompanying the troops to South Africa. This group of chaplains was disbanded at the end of this conflict.

When Canada entered the First World War in 1914, initially, no chaplain escorted the troops overseas. Then, the Minister of the Militia, Sir Sam Hugues, decided to send 33 chaplains, six of whom were Catholics, to provide pastoral services to soldiers. At the end of this war, the Canadian military chaplaincy was disbanded. More than 524 members of the clergy, 447 of whom were posted overseas, served in the so-called ‘Great War.’ However, even though the office of the directors was disbanded, some chaplains continued to serve in militia units.

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Working Towards Greater Diversity: A Blessing or a Curse? The Experience of the Canadian Military Chaplaincy

Date Deposited : 08 Apr 2015 11:48

Last Modified : 08 Apr 2015 11:48

Official URL: http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/arc/index-eng.asp

Volume 15, Number 1, - 2015

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