The service on Sunday, November 12 will be marking Remembrance Day with a special guest homily on St Martin, Patron Saint of the Parish and of Soldiers. It will be delivered by Christine Barton, a part-time Masters Level Divinity student in Anglican Studies at St Paul’s University. As part of the activity celebrating the 1700 anniversary of St Martin’s birth last year, the Anglican Studies Program invited students to submit a written homily on this saint. Christine’s was the winning entry.
A lawyer by profession, Christine pursued a religious studies minor in her undergrad years and took two courses in faith and leadership while completing her masters of public administration at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009-10 as a Fulbright Scholar. The calling that has grown steadily in over the course of Christine’s journey in faith now finds her working fulltime at Service Canada responsible for client experience to save enough to embark on fulltime studies at St Paul’s where, thus far, she has completed eleven of the thirty requisite credits.
As a self-professed extrovert who has always enjoyed public speaking it is no surprise that homiletics has become a particular joy in her studies and efforts to bring meaning to discourse. She is excited and honoured to be commemorating a saint who Christine describes as an early role model of Christian charity, especially for the marginalized, and of courage and discernment in fulfilling his temporal obligations while remaining true to his Christian faith.