Our Bishop

Diocesan Bishop, The Right Reverend Sandra Fyfe

The Right Rev. Sandra Fyfe was elected Diocesan Bishop on September 12, 2020, and consecrated on November 30, 2020; the 17th person to hold the post. A graduate of Queen’s Theological College, St. John’s, NL with her Master of Divinity, Sandra was ordained deacon in 2000 and priest in 2001. She has served in the diocese of Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador as well as Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. She was Archdeacon of the South Shore Region until 2009 and Archdeacon of the Valley Region until 2017.

Cathedral Church Priest

Rector and Dean, The Very Reverend Paul Smith

Paul grew up in Tilton, New Hampshire, where he and his family were active members of Trinity Episcopal Church. After completing a degree in Electronic Engineering, he discerned a call to ordained ministry which led him to pursue a degree in Psychology at Plymouth State University, in New Hampshire, before moving on to Huron College, London, ON where he graduated with a Master of Divinity. Ordained in the Diocese of Quebec, Paul served in Quebec and then in the Diocese of Western Newfoundland and Labrador. He then moved to Dartmouth, NS to serve as Rector of Christ Church until beginning his ministry at All Saints Cathedral in the fall of 2008. Among his interests are ministry with children, preaching, music, and pastoral care. Paul is married to the Rev. Frances Drolet-Smith and they have two adult children. Dean Paul can be reached by email here.

Deacons of the Cathedral Church

Deacon, The Reverend Ray Carter, TSSF

Reverend Ray Carter is a lifelong member of the Cathedral Congregation. He was baptized, confirmed and married at the Cathedral Church. Ray has been a server, a lay reader and a Sunday school teacher. He has served as a member of Council several times and spent five years as the Dean’s Warden. In 2001 he was awarded a Diploma in Theology and Ministry from the Atlantic School of Theology and was Ordained Deacon in 2007. In 2006 Ray made vows of Life Profession as a Tertiary in the Third Order Society of Saint Francis. 

Cathedral Church Office Staff

Sarah Underwood, Office Manager

Ivana Starcevic, Facility Manager


Cathedral Church Music Staff

Russ Hall, MA, Director of Music Ministry for the 9:30 a.m. Service

Russ has been involved in church music since he played for a Methodist Sunday school on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the 1950’s. His formal music education includes a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Arizona State University. Russ taught public school music many years as well as singing in several choral organizations. 

Paul Halley, MA, Music Director

Paul Halley is a Grammy Award-winning composer, choral conductor, and organist. He received his early musical training in Ottawa, and at sixteen became an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. He received his MA from Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar, and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He served as Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC from 1977-1989.  Paul later settled in Connecticut and in 1991 founded the choirs, Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus, which are still active today. He relocated to Halifax and in the summer of 2015, Paul was appointed Organist and Director of Music at the Cathedral Church. Paul and his wife Meg live on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. To learn more about Paul click here. Paul can be reached by email here.

Nick Halley, Assistant Music Director

Nick Halley is a drummer/percussionist, keyboardist, composer, and conductor. Along with being the Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral Church, he is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir. Nick founded and for 11 years (to 2021) directed The King’s Chorus, a choral society for members of the King’s and Dalhousie University communities in Halifax. For the 2013-14 season, Nick was the Host of CBC’s national radio program, Choral Concert. As a drummer and world percussionist, Nick performs and records internationally with a wide range of musicians and has taught in workshop venues around the world.