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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Company of Cross writers agree to live by rigid rules EDMONTON (CP) Re- porters for St. John's Edmon- ton Report cheerfully work an "appalling" 60 hours a week for a day and agree to live by the rigid rules of a unique Anglican order that calls it- self the Company of the Cross. The work force includes several veteran reporters with 20 years' experience who were lured away from news- papers in Oklahoma and Flor- ida to toil for a weekly news- magazine that had its begin- nings in a private boys' school. Ted Byfield, 46, is editor of Edmonton Report, which put out its first edition in Novem- ber, 1973, and now has a cir- culation of Publisher Keith T. Bennett says the magazine needs a circulation of to break even and 000 to feel secure. For 35 cents a week or for six months, subscribers get about 30 glossy pages of in- formation a week, ranging over such diverse subjects as pornography, the university, the media, unions and justice. Mr. Byfield was brought up in Toronto, moved to Wash- ington with his family, dropped out of George Wash- ington University to become a copy boy on Washington Post, served as a reporter on Ot- tawa Journal, where he met and later married women's page writer Virginia Nairn. He was an editor on Tim- mins Press and Sudbury Star, then came west to Winnipeg Free Press, where he worked for 10 years and won a Na- tional Newspaper Award in 1957 for political reporting. He left The Free Press in 1962 to help establish St John's School in Manitoba and the Company of the Cross The company was organized by Anglican laymen to run the Manitoba boy's school at a minimum cost to parents. Mr Byfield moved on to Alberta a few years later to establish a St. John's School near Stony Plain, 20 miles west of Ed- monton. Self-supporting "The schools are basically self-supporting, with boys as- signed to fund-raising projects and routine said John Vornholt, managing editor of Edmonton Report and former editor of the Daily Ok- lahotnan "In Manitoba, the boys ran a meat-selling business to raise funds but provincial regulations wouldn't allow that in Alberta." So the Alberta school started its own printing business, which proved a success and prompted a ques- tion from Mr. Byfield: "Why don't we start a The magazine rapidly out- grew production facilities at the the boys helped with, routine printing jobs and clean-up while the editorial staff com- now is published by St. John's Edmonton Report Ltd. from offices in Edmonton. The Company of the Cross found that starting a maga- zine was easier said than done. As Mr. Bennett put it in. an editorial in one of Edmon- ton Report's early editions: Failure rate "Establishing a reading habit among people is a formidable task. The proba- bility of failure is high. The rewards of success are great. We in the Company of the Cross were finding out ex- actly bow big a job we have undertaken. We were both ap- palled at its proportions and heartened by such initial suc- cess as we have achieved." The company kept plugging copies of the third edition were distributed free to Edmonton circulation began to inch to in May, 1974 and to 000 in August, 1974. The company then turned to the task of finding a circula- tion manager and a publica- tions staff, canvassing Can- ada and the United States for people willing to work under the peculiar circumstances of the Company of the Cross. As Mr. Bennett put it, the circulation manager would have to be "a remarkable in- dividual, able to get up with the company at six o'clock in the morning, say his prayers, and think about virtually nothing else except the sale of the book until nightfall when Taiwan report Mrs. Mildred Rice, a mis- sionary serving with OMS International in Taiwan, will speak 7 p.m. Sunday in Norbridge Community Church. Mrs Rice commenc- ed her mission career in Peking, and served in Japan before her present ap- {Mil NiffMHf11. he can say them again and go to sleep." The Company of the Cross now has 56 25- member Edmonton Report publications staff, 15 teachers at Stony Plain school and 16 teachers at the Manitoba school at Selkirk The mem- bers enable the company to accomplish its work of run- ning schools, canoe trips, dog- sled expeditions, commercial printing and Edmonton Re- port. It is definitely not a life that most people today would choose. Hpurs are long, re- sponsibilities often great, and pay practically non-existent. Company members receive a day plus living essentials- housing, food, a clothing al- lowance, medical and dental care. All live by a rule that re- quires attendance at two chapel services daily, the say- ing of private prayers, Bible reading and twice-weekly at- tendance at a service of holy communion. Mr. Byfield sees Edmonton Report filling a role once per- formed by the pulpit. "Since our stories are writ- ten from a Christian per- spective, we hope the effect will be the adoption of Chris- tian attitudes." He said staff morale is high because "we are working for the glory of God, not bucking for a raise." Saturday, October THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Parishioner participation New role Jean-Noel Tremblay, 48, former Quebec cul- tural affairs minister, has decided to become a priest. Bishop Marius Pare of Chicoutimi says Mr. Tremblay could be ordained within a year be- cause of his age and ex- perience, instead of the usual four to six years. If a north-of-England clergyman has his own way, church services in Britain could become as lively as political meetings, it was reported recently on BBC World Service. As things are it is customary, when the vicar mounts the pulpit to deliver his Sunday sermon, for the congregation to hear him out in respectful and attentive silence anyone snonng will be discreetly nudged by his neighbour. For what he proposes, in his parish magazine is nothing less than freedom of speech for the congregation. If they don't like1 the sermon, he says, then let them say so then and there Let cries of 'rub- bish' or 'prove ring out, as they do at any election meeting, and let the preacher respond, just as the candidate must who seeks the voters' support. 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