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Bishop Benjamin Cronyn (1802-1871)

Bishop Benjamin CronynChurch of England missionary, the Reverend Benjamin Cronyn arrived in London, Ontario 10 November 1832.   Born in Ireland he was 30 and with his wife and 2 small children was on his way to Adelaide Township 26 miles away.   He stopped in London to rest.   The following day, he conducted the Evensong service at a schoolhouse and afterwards a delegation of local members of the Church of England persuaded him to stay instead of continuing to his planned destination.   Rev. Cronyn remained in London the rest of his life.

St Paul’s Church was built two years later and Rev. Cronyn became rector.   The frame church was destroyed by fire in Ash Wednesday 1844.   It was replaced by the substantial brick building that was to become St Paul’s Cathedral.

9 July 1857, Dr Cronyn was elected the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of Huron.   It was the first time that a bishop of the Church of England in Canada had been elected by his peers, rather than by the Crown.

When the diocese began, there were 41 clergy.   That number had increased to 93, 14 years later in 1871, when because of his ill-health Bishop Cronyn asked that a coadjutor bishop be elected.   Issac Hellmuth was elected taking the title Bishop of Norfolk and a few months later on the 22 September 1871 Dr. Cronyn died of heart disease.

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November 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm


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