The Rector of the Ascension is the Ven. Anne Germond who has served as our full time incumbent since September 2000.
Anne grew up in South Africa and when she finished High School attended The Johannesburg College of Education where she completed her Higher Diploma in Education, enabling her to teach the Junior Primary level. She taught for four years at a local primary school in Johannesburg, completing her Bachelor’s Degree at UNISA (University of South Africa) part time. In 1986 she was seconded to the Teacher’s College where she taught Religious Instruction and English Methodology to students.
In 1986 she and her husband Colin left their homeland for Canada, where they settled in Ottawa while Colin trained to be an oncologist. During this time, Anne completed an Honours Degree, majoring in Religious Studies through UNISA. She volunteered for the Ottawa Board of Education as a teacher for newcomers to Canada in an English as a Second Language Program.
In February 1989 Anne and Colin moved to Sudbury and Anne became involved at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown Sudbury. She started as a lector, and then as a Sunday school teacher, pastoral visitor, parish council member and warden. It was during this period that Anne experienced a call to ordained ministry and began the road to ordination. She began studying at Thorneloe University, in Sudbury, in the Bachelor of Theology Program and completed this degree in 2002.
The Bishop of Algoma appointed Anne as Lay Incumbent at the Ascension in the fall of 2000. She was ordained to the diaconate in February 2001 and as a priest in May 2002.
In the Diocese of Algoma Anne served as the Chaplain for the Anglican Church Women for nine years.
Anne was appointed as the Archdeacon of Sudbury/Manitoulin in 2009 by The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews, Bishop of Algoma.
Anne also serves as the Chaplain for the Greater Sudbury Police Services (since 2009), as a member of the Thorneloe University Board of Governors, and as the Bishop’s appointee on the Camp Manitou Board.
Colin and Anne have two adult children, Caitlin and Richard, and an energetic puppy, Rosie. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, time with friends, travelling, walking, opera, and reading.