Nfld. Diocese Gets New Bishop: It Took Three Ballots to Elect Torraville

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After a one-year delay, the diocese of Central Newfoundland, in an electoral synod held September 9-10, finally chose a new bishop: Rev. David Torraville.

Last year the synod was unable to elect a bishop since no candidate received more than two-thirds of the vote after 11 ballots; Mr. Torraville, who was also a candidate then, was in deadlock with Rev. John E. Watton, of the parish of Badger's Quay/Pool's Island.

At this year's synod, held at Holy Trinity Parish, in Grand Falls-Windsor, Mr. Torraville was declared the new bishop after he received 26 votes from the clergy and 62 from the laity on the third ballot. (He only needed 24 votes from clergy and 50 from the laity to win.).

"It's overwhelming and humbling," said Bishop-elect Torraville, reacting to his win.

" Oddly enough, it's like asking your wife to marry you and she says, 'yes,' and you wonder, 'Oh my goodness, am I able Torraville to?'"

Bishop-elect Torraville, who has worked as executive officer of the diocese at the central office in Gander for nearly five years, said he considers providing pastoral care an important priority for Central Newfoundland.

"Our diocese is very much a rural diocese. It's a place of incredible blessing. But we're in a difficult time right now. Young people are leaving because they feel there are no opportunities here," he said in an interview with the Anglican Journal. …