It was a time of celebration and good-bye. Friends, colleagues, board members, Companions of the Centre, students, graduates and CCS staff past and present gathered on September 6 at St. Lukes Anglican church in Winnipeg to honour retiring principal Maylanne Maybee.
Maylanne served as principal of CCS from August 2011 to August 2017, a time of on-going transition. She became principal as the position shifted to include more teaching responsibilities. In particular she developed Ministering by Word and Example and Images of Diakonia – Interpreting the Sacred in Church, both designed particularly for Anglican deacons. She also worked closely with the students attending learning circles. She oversaw the hiring of new staff and a major program review and restructuring which enters implementation this school year.
Maylanne has been an Anglican Deacon for over 30 years. She brought to that a lifelong passion for social justice and deep understanding and lived experience of servant ministry. At the celebration, graduate Gwen McAllister and student Tammy Bleue noted that Maylanne:
- brought a sense of the holy;
- was educated, but humble;
- always had an open door to students;
- had a deep commitment to education, liturgy and the diaconate;
- would raise her eyebrow when the students amused her; and
- was as tough as nails when need be.
Greetings and presentations were brought by:
- Adrian Jacobs, principal of the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre
- Barbara Barnett, a Companion of the Centre
- Tanis Kolisnyk from the Rt. Rev. Donald Phillips, Bishop of Rupert’s Land
- Penny Cummine, Chair of Central Council
- Eileen Scully from Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada
- Chris Trott, vice-chancellor, St. John’s College
- Lori Stewart on behalf of the staff
Maylanne will stay in Winnipeg for the next year and looks forward to enjoying concerts, ballet and theatre. She has been elected a Visiting Fellow at the St. John College where she will research a book about the diaconate. She has planned a retreat in Wales and a trip to west China where she will follow the path of Katharine Hockin, a graduate and former staff member of the United Church Training School, a predecessor to the Centre for Christian Studies.
Thank you, Maylanne, for all you have brought.