Toronto Archbishop, Arctic Suffragan Bishop Will Retire

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Two bishops have announced their retirement.

Archbishop Terence Finlay, metropolitan of Ontario and bishop of Toronto, Canada's largest diocese by population, has announced that he will retire on June 11--a week after General Synod wraps up--to spend more time with his family.

"I feel it is time for the diocese to have fresh leadership and I'll be handing it over with many good things in place," Archbishop Finlay, 66, said in a news release. An election has been scheduled in June to choose his successor.

Archbishop Finlay has been a bishop for 18 years, 16 of those as bishop of Toronto and two as area bishop of Trent, Durham. He has served four years as metropolitan (senior bishop) of the ecclesiastical province of Ontario. His diocese is served by one diocesan bishop and four suffragan or area bishops.

A native of London, Ont., Archbishop Finlay was ordained a priest in 1961. He received bachelor degrees at Western University and Huron College, and a master's degree at Cambridge University. He and his wife, Alice Jean, a lay person active in church life, have two grown daughters.

Meanwhile, Bishop Paul Idlout, who was the first Inuk to be elected to the episcopacy in the Anglican Church of Canada, has announced he will retire on April 30, when he will be 69. …