Skip to main content

Matthews, Victoria (1954—)

Matthews, Victoria (1954—)

Bishop of Edmonton who was the Anglican Church of Canada's first woman diocesan bishop . Born inToronto, Canada, in 1954; educated at Trinity College, University of Toronto, B.A., 1976, Th.M, 1987; Yale University Divinity School, M. Div. (Divinity), 1979.

Victoria Matthews was born in 1954 in Toronto, Canada, and spent most of her ministry in that city as well. After completing her studies at the University of Toronto and Yale University, she began her career as an assistant curate at the Church of St. Andrew in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, in 1979, and served there until 1983. She then served as an incumbent at the parishes of Georgina, York-Simcoe, from 1983 to 1987, and at All Souls, Lansing, York-Scarborough, from 1987 to 1994. She also served as regional dean at the Deanery of York Mills, Ontario, from 1989 to 1994, as suffragan (assistant) bishop of the Diocese of Toronto in 1994. In 1997, at age 43, she was named bishop of Edmonton, Diocese of Edmonton, where she currently remains.

At the time of her seating as bishop of Edmonton, she was one of 6 women among the Anglican Church's 525 diocesan bishops and the Anglican Church of Canada's first woman diocesan bishop. (The first woman bishop chosen in

the Anglican Communion was Barbara Harris , a suffragan bishop in the United States. The first woman diocesan bishop was Penelope Jamieson , elected in New Zealand.) When chosen diocesan bishop, Matthews, who was elected at a special synod meeting on the fifth ballot, said she was surprised with the decision. Election delegates maintained that gender was not an issue. Even so, Matthews has said that she would be gratified to see more women bishops in Canada, and that "I welcome the day when gender is no longer a concern in the church."

Jo Anne Meginnes , freelance writer, Brookfield, Vermont

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Matthews, Victoria (1954—)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . 20 Apr. 2019 <>.

"Matthews, Victoria (1954—)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . (April 20, 2019).

"Matthews, Victoria (1954—)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Retrieved April 20, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.