Anthony Jemmott

Incumbent, The Anglican Diocese of Toronto / St. George’s Church, Oshawa, ON. Born: Barbados.

The Reverend Canon Anthony Jemmott was ordained in 1973, in the Anglican Church in Barbados, then spent nearly 20 years serving in Montreal.

From 2001, he was the Incumbent of All Saints Church in King City, Ontario; previously he was Rector of Trinity Memorial Church, and the Honourary Canon of Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal (1991-2001). In 1990, the Reverend was nominated to be of Bishop of Montreal; he ended as first runner-up out of a field of 19 candidates. He was the Regional Dean of Western Montreal from 1993-96, and from 1985-91, was the first Rector of St. Lawrence Church. While in Montreal, he was a Founding Member of the Black Star Project, and served on the Board of the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex.

In 2005, the Reverend was appointed Incumbent of St. George’s Church, Oshawa, and in 2010, was appointed to the Trust Committee of the Diocese of Toronto.

Honours: Including, Hon. Canon, St. James Cathedral, Toronto; Caribbean-Anglican Consultation Award for service to Caribbean people in Canada (2001).

Works: Report, Women in the Church, Barbados (1978).

Education: Master of Religion, Concordia University (1988); Diploma of Ministry, UTCWI, Jamaica (1973); Bachelor of Arts/Honors, Theology, UWI (1973).

Favourite book? I have many favourite authors, but the truth of the matter is that the Bible, as a book, is my favourite book. It condenses the wisdom of many centuries and forms the backbone of our modern civilization with an emphasis on the respect for the human person. Plumbing the many layers is like seeing a mirror of human behaviour and at the same time hope for human beings.

Favourite quote: Words of Jesus: “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”

Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Visit the ports of exit for the slave trade in West Africa.

Who or what inspires you? Seeing people whose challenges (youth, physical disability, etc.) do not deter them for acting “outside the box” to free others or bring dignity to their lives.

Why do you do what you do? Amidst all the setbacks in human life, I can still detect a sense of purpose that is worth my time and effort as I encourge and persude others not to give up. It is indeed humbling and an honour to ‘peer’ into the souls of others through the work I do as a priest.