February 6, 2016
Dear People of the Diocese of New Westminster
It is with genuine sadness and sincere concern that I write to you today to inform you that the Reverend Gordon Dominey, currently Priest-in-Charge at St. Catherine’s, Capilano, was arrested on February 4 by the RCMP and Edmonton Police Service. We have received very little information to date, but I do know that this involves incidents alleged to have taken place at least 30 years ago while Gordon was a priest in the Diocese of Edmonton.
Consistent with Diocesan practice, Reverend Dominey has been placed on administrative leave. I am offering ongoing pastoral care and support to Gordon in what must be a very difficult time for him. This support will continue as the legal process unfolds. He is entitled to a presumption of innocence and I ask for your prayers for Gordon, for all those who are involved in this legal process and for those bringing forth the allegations against him.
The Venerable Lynne McNaughton, Archdeacon of Capilano Archdeaconry, will be working with my office to assist the St. Catherine’s Wardens and Parish Council in addressing the parish’s immediate needs for pastoral care and supply clergy.
If anyone from the press should approach you for comment I ask that you refer them to the Chancellor of the Diocese, George Cadman, (604 290 8947 or firstname.lastname@example.org).