Montreal Anglican in April 2009. Rev. James B. Pratt (Father Jim) is a blessing to St Philip's Church and this is evident to all who take the time to know him.
Rev. James B. Pratt was inducted as
the new incumbent of St. Philip’s
Church in Montreal West on March 5
 and welcomed as a member of the
Diocesan Council of the Diocese of
Montreal five days later.
Mr. Pratt, who previously practiced
law in the Boston area for some years,
specializing in real estate, had been in
charge of the rural Parish of Cow
Head in the Diocese of Western Newfoundland
since 2002, the year of his
ordination as deacon and later priest.
He has been active in various committees
of the Western Newfoundland
diocese and regional and national
bodies, as well as community
and health-care organisations.
Preaching at his induction, Rev.
Canon Alan Perry of St. Barnabas
Church in Pierrefonds recalled a
number of discussions on various issues
with Mr. Pratt at church gatherings.
The canon praised the judgement
and “mature piety” of the new
incumbent and said he is “the right
person in the right place at the right
Mr. Pratt said he is coming to the
Montreal diocese to seek a new challenge,
and because he married recently
and an urban area has some
advantages for the couple.
He is clerical secretary of the Synod
of the Ecclesiastical Province of
Canada – made up of the dioceses in
Quebec and Atlantic Canada – and as
such became an ex officio member of
the Diocesan Council, the governing
body of the Montreal diocese between
synods, on his arrival in the