Our Vestry Members

The Rev'd Dr. Brian J. Spence    Priest and Rector of the Anglican Parish of Ludlow and Blissfield, which includes St. Andrew's Church Doaktown, St. James the Greater  Church, Ludlow, St. Peter's Church, Boiestown  and St. John's Church, Carroll's Crossing


Debbie Davis. Parish Warden

Euphemia Black, Parish Warden

Eva Stewart  Secretary and Treasurer.

George Price    St. James

Beresford Price   St. Andrew's

Wilma Spencer    St. Peter's

Edwin O'Donnell      St. John's

Donna Amos

Judy Morehouse



The Anglican Parish of Ludlow and Blissfield



 The Anglican Church of Canada is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, a communion of dioceses and national churches that recoognizes the titular leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury.   Each Anglican diocese, in accordance with historic Catholic Christianity, is organized around a Bishop, whose authority, teachiing and ministry is meant to be in historic and spiritual continuity with the authority, teaching and ministry of the Apostles.   The Anglican Church has three orders of (ordained) ministry: bishops, priests and deacons.   They function within a broader understanding of ministry which belongs to the whole Church and is an expression of Christian calling and service.   The Sacrament of Baptism is the great efective sign of Christian calling, membership  and service.

  The Anglican tradition, as an expression of Catholic Christianity,  traces its origins to the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles.    Much of the cultural context of Anglicanism  is found in the history of the Church of England, which traces its institutional history back to the missionary work of St .Augustinme of Canterbury in the  6th century.  St. Augustine is regarded as the Apostle to the English.  While part of the Latin Church throughout the Middle Ages, the English Church had many customs and characteristics which sprang from its own cultural heritage and identity, including key elements of its liturgical tradition.    The English Church was also deeply influnced by the theological, liiturguical anmd pastoral reforms of the Protestant Reformation, which have profoundsly iinfluenmced its character and development since the 16th century.    Political conflicts, combined with these impulses toward the reform of mediaeval anmd renaissance Christianity. led to the separatioin of the English Church from ther Church of Rome and the authority of the Pope.   The results over the last four centuries have been an institutional form of Christianity that maintains a Catholic and Apostollic heritage, as well as incorpirating some of the reforming tendecies and teachings of the Protestanbt Reformation.   From that standpoint, the Anglican Church can appear to have both Catholic and Protesatant elements, with one side or the other sometimes more strongly emphasised depending on historical, cultural, geographic and personal circumstance.   

With the English colonization of large parts on the world and subsequentr British Empire and Commomwealth, the life, practice and traditions of the Church of Engand spread to many parts of the world, leading to the development of new dioceses outside of the British Isles and eventually to independent, national churches which are in communion with the Church of England.   These churches understand themselves to share the same faith and tradition as the Church of England and they recognize the spiritual authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury.   As with other denominations, the independent national and provincial churches of the Anglican Communion have incorporaed practices and customs from the local culture which are also reflected in their identity as local churches.     

The Anglican traditioin itself is defined by the centrality that it gives the Bible for authoritive teaching and use in worship.    The Book of Common Prayer, a unique product of 16th century English Christianity, is very largely made up of passages from the Bible and demonstrates the Anglican seriousness that faith and practice should reflect Biblical teaching.   The Anglican Prayer Book traditioin intends to put into the hands of Christian people the principal forms of worship, the forms and rites of the Sacraments of the Church, the rites for the Ordination of Ministers, as well as other prayers and guides for Christian faith and practice     With its emphasis on Scripture, Tradition and Reason, Anglicanism remains a profound and circumspect expression of Christian  teaching, life and practice.   It draws profoundly on the past, recognizes the authority of the Revelation of God in Jesus Christ, and is open to new discoveries in science, culture and human development.   It is a profound way to live our Christian calling in faith and practice..  



The Parish of Ludlow and Blissfield

The Parish of Ludlow and Blissfield currently consists of four  churches:  St. James the Greater, Ludlow; St. Andrew's, Doaktown; St. John the Evangelist, Carroll's Crossing and St. Peter's, Boiestown.  Services take place in two of the churches each Sunday with a Parish Service in one of the locations every two or three months.   Despite the several sites, the parish functions, to a large extent, as a single Christian community, governed by one Vestry or Parish Council and seeking to co-ordinate its ministries and activiities for the common good and interest of the parish.  For over 125 years, the Parish of Ludlow and Blissfield has been providing ministry to Anglicans in the lower Miramichi.   It is a history in which each of the churches has shared and a history of which we are proud.

History of St. James the Greater 

St. James the Greater Anglican Church is located on Rte 8 in Ludlow,NB  Bishop John Medley, the first Anglican Bishop who was keen to ecclestiastical arcthitecture was responsbile for the construction of St. James Church and many other churches in the area.  The land for the church was given by Mrs. John Murphy Sr. (Ellen Price)  Rev James Hudson, a missionary, who came to the area in the 1830's was a leader in the construction under the direction of Bishop Medley.  Rev. Hudson died in 1881 and when the church was completed in 1887, it was named as a memorial to Rev. Hudson.  Also of significance is the Lych Gate located on the Church front grounds.  Many restorations have taken place at St. James over the years, most recently, the lighted Cross,its red and blue glow can be seen from a long distance and is beautiful to behold












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