Victoria’s Christ Church Cathedral new rector on familiar ground

Rev. M. Ansley Tucker was appointed by Bishop Logan McMenamie.

Victoria’s Christ Church Cathedral has a new rector – and someone quite familiar with the city.

Rev. M. Ansley Tucker was appointed by Bishop Logan McMenamie.

Tucker is the first woman to hold the position in the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia. She takes on her new role July 1. She is also the Dean of Columbia, the second highest clergy member, after the bishop.

Tucker is currently rector of Christ Church in Calgary and archdeacon of Bow Valley.

She was born and spent her early years in Victoria.

“I welcome this opportunity to build on the cathedral’s mission to engage both the church and society in fruitful dialogue and service,” she said.

As well as serving as rector to the large cathedral parish, the dean is the second- ranking clergy in the diocese, and normally serves as the episcopal commissary or deputy when the bishop is away.

The position became open when McMenamie was named bishop last March.

The Anglican Diocese of British Columbia encompasses Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.