Eugene de Mazenod Medal awarded to former Ottawa Bishop, The Right Reverend John Baycroft
From left to right: Chantal Beauvais, Msgr. Daniel Berniquez c.s.s., Linda Assad-Butcher, His Excellency Roger Ébacher, The Right Reverend John Baycroft, Michel Drapeau, Eugene King O.M.I , Jean-Marc Barrette, Hélène Carrière, Marcel Dumais O.M.I and Rev. Kevin Flynn
On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Saint Paul University awarded the 2013 Eugene de Mazenod Medal to The Right Reverend John Baycroft MA, DD, DSLitt, former Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, during a ceremony that took place in the De Mazenod Chapel.
The Eugene de Mazenod medal honours 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 of 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 and 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.