On 1 January 2017, at the Archbishop’s New Year Levée at St James Cathedral, Bill Nicholls was among 48 lay members of the diocese who are awarded the Order of the Diocese of Toronto. The festivities included the Archbishop’s Reception, an afternoon concert and choral evensong at which the awards were presented.
The nomination read at the evensong ceremony stated:
Mr. Nicholls has been nominated for his leadership during a period when his parish felt it might not survive. He encouraged needed changes and led his fellow parishioners to be hopeful and have faith in God’s plan, renewed interest in their ministry and strengthened faith. His all-encompassing service has led St. Luke’s to be alive and well.
The purpose of the Order is to recognize and honour those members of the laity in the Diocese who have given outstanding service over a significant period of time in their volunteer ministry. We give thanks to God for the work and witness of those faithful lay persons in our Diocese who in the exercise of their baptismal ministry have demonstrated that “their light shines, their works glorify.”
It’s a way of recognizing the significant contributions of lay people who have made an incredible difference in the life of the church and in the lives of people in their communities. They’re the real heroes of the church—maybe not quite saints, but saints in the making. — Archbishop Colin Johson
The People of St Luke’s are honoured and appreciative that a member of their community of faith has been recognized for his faithful service by the Diocese of Toronto.
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