Religion: Eskimo Deacon

A group of 140 Eskimos in bright-colored shirts, the women with children slung on their backs, sat attentively in a little wooden schoolhouse at Rankin Inlet on the icebound coast of Hudson Bay. Before them. Anglican Bishop Donald Marsh solemnly intoned: "It apper-taineth to the office of a deacon, in the church where he shall be appointed to serve, to assist the priest in divine service ..." Armand Tagoona, 35, was being ordained the first Anglican deacon in the eastern Arctic.

Armand Tagoona's ordination is a landmark in one of the most successful Anglican missions in the world. There are only 23...

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