Mtr. Maggie Helwig
The Reverend Maggie Helwig was appointed as priest-in-charge in May 2013, and as rector in January 2015. Before her ordination, Maggie worked as a writer, editor, arts organizer, and human rights activist. She spent nearly ten years as an organizer of the Friday Out of the Cold/Out of the Heat meal program, which began at St Stephen’s and is now hosted by St Thomas, Huron Street; she also worked as a parish outreach facilitator for York-Credit Valley, and chairs the diocesan Social Justice and Advocacy Committee. She has published twelve books of poetry, essays and fiction, and her most recent novel, Girls Fall Down (which includes scenes set in a slightly fictionalized St Stephen’s), was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award in 2009, and chosen as the Toronto Public Library’s One Book Toronto in 2012. She has been the literary editor of Canadian Forum, the co-coordinator of the Toronto Small Press Fair and the associate director of the Scream Literary Festival.
Maggie has lived near St Stephen’s for most of her adult life (currently in the Alexandra Park area, a few minutes to the south), and is delighted to be part of a parish with such a long history of engaged urban ministry in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, and of a Kensington Market community alive with art, activism and social concern.[Source: website of the Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields. Accessed 2015-08-08]