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Rt. Rev. William Hockin to be awarded honorary degree at 2018 FASS Convocation

June 18, 2018



From the very start, the Right Reverend William J. Hockin’s life has been one
centred around service to others and ministry. To authoring nine books, to being a workshop leader across Canada and New York State, his time in the church has seen him in multiple roles. Hockin served as an ordained deacon, and an ordained priest serving most of his ministry in the Diocese of Huron including St. George’s, London (1962-86) before moving to the Diocese of Toronto, where he was Rector of St. Paul’s, Bloor Street from 1986-1996. 

He was made Canon of St. James Cathedral in 1995 and a year later would be appointed Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In 1998, Hockin was elected Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Fredericton June 24, 1998 and two years later would be installed as Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Fredericton April 25, 2000.


His time in Fredericton has been a true testament to the power of his innovative ministry tactics. In 1999, Hockin delivered a series of talks in the downtown area of Fredericton. Because of its non-denominational setting, the series attracted people from all background offering a unique opportunity for people to grow spiritually. In 2002, the series moved to the Fredericton Playhouse where it attracted between 200 and 400 people each time and it continues to be offered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.


Hockin graduated from Waterloo Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts and from Emmanuel College, Saskatoon with a Licentiate in Theology. He has received honorary Doctorates in Divinity from Kings College, Halifax, Wycliffe College, Toronto and the College of Emmanuel St. Chads, Saskatoon.


Hockin is married to Isabelle and has two adult children and two grandchildren, all living in the Toronto area.