Members of All Saints’ Cathedral and the Synod Office gave thanks for two saints on earth, November 28.
By offering a free Tax Clinic at the Cathedral every Thursday in the spring and fall since 2008, Clarence and Carol Mohr helped people file their annual income tax return with Revenue Canada. Through their ministry at the Cathedral, as well as at the Boyle Street Community Centre, hospitals and some private residences, they helped an average of 7,000 people living on a low income file taxes each year.
Presenting a card of appreciation, flowers and cake to Clarence and Carol, Bishop Jane blessed them, saying: “We have seen so many people arrive here looking worried, and then you do your incredible ministry and they leave here happy,” she said. “You will be missed by so many people.”
Retired from a career with AGT (Telus), Clarence, now in his eighties, admits it’s probably time he took rest. Although, he says, what he and Carol do, “is not a big deal.”
“It’s really been wonderful for us,” Carol said. “But everybody has to recognize when it’s time.” Though this giving, patient and humble couple is not sure what will come next, they are excited about selling their house and moving into a fourplex. There they will be able to enjoy a sense of community with other seniors.
“We sometimes get people praising us too much,” said Carol. “Saying things like ‘oh, you’re surely going to be in heaven.’ I always say it’s not what we do, it’s what He has done.”
“I think you’re in with a really good chance, though,” added Bishop Jane.