SWAYNE OHC, Fr. Christian George - George Eby Hope Swayne was born in Tweed, Ontario, on August 10, 1933.
He was the son of The Rev. Hope Swayne and Mrs. Edythe Eby Swayne.
He died on October 25, 2022, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Toronto.
His surviving family members are his sister, Patricia Brown (Charles) of Mississauga, his nephews, Mark (Heidi) and Ian (Fern) Brown and William Young, his niece, Elizabeth McLeod, grandnephew, Alexander Brown, Graham Brown, and grandniece, Emily Brown.
Fr. Swayne's brother, William; and sister, Faith Young, were predeceased by him. He was a graduate of Trinity College, University of Toronto and received degrees in Arts and Divinity.
Fr. Swayne was ordained deacon and priest at St. George's Cathedral, Kingston, Ontario, and served as curate at St. George's Cathedral. He entered the Anglican Order of the Holy Cross in 1960, and made his life profession in the Order in 1965. While in the Order, he was known as Fr. Christian.
As a member of the Order of the Holy Cross, Fr. Christian has served as prior, novice master, and assistant superior.
His monastic ministry was done in the United States, Liberia, Ghana and Canada. In Ghana he also served as founding member of St. Philip Quaque Monastery, Provost of Christ Church Cathedral in Cape Coast, and along with fellow Canadian monastic Fr. Ralph Martin SSM, founded St. Nicholas Seminary, the official Anglican Seminary for the Province of West Africa. In 1985, Fr. Christian returned to Canada and has served in the Anglican Diocese of Toronto in several capacities: incumbent (pastor) interim priest-in-charge, supply priest, as well as a member of the diocesan committee on healing and faith and order.
He was appointed exorcist for the diocese. He also was named a canon of St. James Cathedral. Fr. Christian served as prior of Holy Cross Priory.
The Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, November 1, at 2:00 p.m. in St. John's Church, 288 Humberside Avenue.
Prior to the service will be visitation at the Church between 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Cross Priory for the students at the Order's School in Grahamstown, South Africa.