Eugene de Mazenod Medal awarded to former Ottawa Bishop, The Right Reverend John Baycroft
From left to right: Mrs. Chantal Beauvais, Msgr. Daniel Berniquez c.s.s., Mrs. Linda Assad-Butcher, His Excellency Roger Ébacher, The Right Reverend John Baycroft, Mr. Michel Drapeau, Father Eugene King O.M.I , Mr. Jean-Marc Barrette, Mrs. Hélène Carrière, Father Marcel Dumais O.M.I and Professor Kevin Flynn
On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Saint Paul University awarded the 2013 Eugene de Mazenod Medal to former Bishop of Ottawa, The Right Reverend John Baycroft MA, DD, DSLitt during a ceremony which took place in the De Mazenod Chapel.
The Eugene de Mazenod medal honors a person who has made a significant contribution to developing human capital in his or her environment or more widely in society. This medal, bearing the name of the founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, recognizes Eugene de Mazenod’s primary concern, adapting to people’s real situations, by showing boldness and zeal in dealing with urgent societal issues.
Bishop Baycroft has spent most of his ordained ministry in the Diocese of Ottawa. Before becoming Bishop of Ottawa in 1993, he had been Suffragan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa since 1985.
Bishop Baycroft was also Dean of Ottawa and rector at Christ Church Cathedral, rector at St. Matthias Church, Ottawa (for seventeen years), rector in Perth, Ontario, and assistant rector at St. Matthew’s Church, Ottawa. He has been Regional Dean, Archdeacon, and for many years Canon Theologian of the diocese.
Ordained in 1955 in the Diocese of Ontario where he served as rector of Loughborough, Bishop Baycroft has been a chaplain and lecturer at Carleton University in both the Religion and History Departments and taught in the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. His long career in teaching sought to expand people's vision of the Christian faith and what a truly human society is. Bishop Baycroft has been active in a variety of fields including prison chaplaincy, Militia chaplaincy and has travelled widely as a retreat conductor, lecturer and conference leader. He is a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) and Co-chair of the Canadian Anglican Roman Catholic Dialogue.