Why I Joined

Margaret’s Story

Why did I join the COMPASS ROSE SOCIETY?

To me, faith and action go hand in hand.  That is probably why there are two parts of the communion service that particularly resonate with me. 

One is the doxology:  Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen.

The other is the dismissal at our Parish in which the priest says:

“Our worship ends and our service begins”.

I would encourage you to keep both of these statements in mind as you consider the role of and joining the Canadian Compass Rose Society.

The Compass Rose Society was formed in 1997.  In 2003 a group of individuals (including myself) were approached by our parish priest, the then President of the Compass Rose Society to join the Compass Rose Society and form the Canadian Arm of it.

Upon hearing about the Compass Rose Society,  I thought that this fits in perfectly with my faith philosophy:

“Faith without action is ineffective”

“Don’t just say, do”

” if you have the means, act”  

Margaret with Compass Rose Society friends

However, after hearing about the works of the Compass Rose Society I still wondered:

-Isn’t this a group of ordained individuals?  That is not me.

-I have to be well off to join the Compass Rose Society.   I was relatively young at that time (35) and my professional life was just getting underway. That too was not me.

-I support the church at a local level as well as through such organizations as the Primate’s World Relief Fund.  Doesn’t that conflict?

I was soon to learn that all of my assumptions were wrong.  The society consists of a broad scope of individuals both ordained and non-ordained from a variety of social economic backgrounds.  I also learned that supporting the church locally and globally through such efforts as the (PWR) Primate’s World Relief Fund are complimentary as they have different mandates.

At that age of my life (35) I was not able to support an individual membership but I believed in the purpose of the Compass Rose Society.  What was I to do?  Along with other likeminded individuals we pooled resources together for a chapter membership and that is how I became involved with the Canadian Compass Rose Society.

While I have supported numerous projects throughout my years with the Canadian Compass Rose Society, including an irrigation project in Nigeria, as an individual with challenges myself I could not look past the opportunity to support the  Princess Basma Center for Disabled Children in Jerusalem or help deliver eye care to 25 million Ghanaians through the Bishop Ackon Eye Clinic in Cape Coast Ghana. 

This may sound like a call to action.  Indeed it is.  I would encourage you to join the Canadian Compass Rose Society and affect the world in infinitely more ways than you can ask or imagine.

Bishop Philip Poole’s Story

The Compass Rose Society changed my life by enabling me to give concrete expression to the international mission of the Anglican Church.

I was first introduced to the CRS in 1999 by the Reverend Canon John Peterson, then Secretary General of Anglican Communion. I listened intently as John spoke with love and passion about the ministry of our Anglican church worldwide.

That night, I learned we have 38 independent provinces of the Anglican Communion in 164 countries in the world. As John spoke, I realized that my church, our church, the Anglican Church, was making a difference in the lives of others throughout the world.

I learned that the Compass Rose Society supports the work of the Anglican Consultative Council and the Anglican Communion Office (which among other important works, produces the Anglican Cycle of Prayer that binds the Church together each Sunday). As well, it provides funding for a wide range of outreach projects. For example, it has provided significant financial support for the local care people of dying of HIV and Aids in Africa, for mission work in Cuba, for ministry in our Diocese of Jerusalem, for a maternal health center in rural Nigeria and much more.

Bishop Philip Poole serving Eucharist at the Cathedral in Southern Malawi

Throughout my time in the CRS, I’ve found it to be a group of people with passionate hands and participants in the financial, prayerful and missional work of our international church.

As I went on CRS trips, I met fellow Anglicans in their home parishes on five continents, experiencing their faith, visiting their homes, supporting their outreach and learning about our magnificent diversity. I found that our worldwide liturgy, even in a language unfamiliar to my ears, always feels like home. As well, I was inspired people that walked for hours over many miles of rough terrain just to attend church on Sunday. Most importantly, I saw that while many Anglicans are very poor in material goods, their music is spectacular, their community ministry vital, their hospitality is a wonder of generosity and that their faith in Jesus Christ is vibrant.  

The Compass Rose Society helped me to understand that while are in communion locally in our own parishes, we are also in communion internationally through the worldwide Anglican Communion. 

The Right Reverend M. Philip Poole recently retired after 12 years as a Bishop Suffragan in the Diocese of Toronto. He was the Area Bishop for York-Credit Valley.

Mogomoro Celebration

David Gannicott’s Story

I was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Compass Rose Society of which I was President for a number of years.

My occupation is designing and manufacturing paper converting machinery.  I have been relatively successful in my endeavors and made the decision to share a portion of my goods with those in the world less fortunate.

I investigated several of the better known charities and found them, in my opinion, to be top heavy. Their management and promotional costs are such that that only approximately 50% of every dollar donated ends up benefiting the intended recipient.

I was introduced to the Compass Rose Society by a combination of Canon John Peterson and then Reverend, now Bishop, Philip Poole.  The CRS is one of the most cost efficient charities.

Only approximately 15% of donations received is consumed by overhead expenses.

My wife and I elected to adopt Compass Rose as our charity conduit.

The social aspect of membership cannot go without mention. A more friendly and well informed group of Anglicans you could not wish to meet. 

David Gannicott in Southern Malawi