Archbishop's Successor to Be Elected in Fall: Stavert Set to Retire in Early 2009

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The diocese of Quebec will elect a co-adjutor bishop this fall to succeed Archbishop Bruce Stavert, diocesan bishop, when he retires in early 2009. The election will take place at a diocesan synod in Quebec City Oct. 1114.

A search committee has been appointed to begin the process of "discerning the qualities and attributes being sought in Quebec's next bishop," said the diocese in a statement.

A bilingual native of Montreal, Archbishop Stavert became the 11th bishop of Quebec, the Anglican Church of Canada's second oldest diocese (after Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island), in 1991.

In 2004, he was elected metropolitan (senior bishop) of the ecclesiastical (church) province of Canada, which includes seven dioceses in Quebec, the Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador.

"I turn 69 in April of 2009 and we only have synod every two years. I intend to retire then and not wait until I reach the mandatory retirement age of 70," said Archbishop Stavert in an interview. 'The decision to elect a co-adjutor bishop a year ahead is a little unusual. But we've been doing some strategic planning (in the diocese) and looking at new growth models. We came to a decision that the bishop of Quebec has to travel in a large area and so it would be sensible to have somebody to assist in his work so that the bishop can travel more than he's (been) able to."

(A co-adjutor is an assistant bishop elected with the fight to succession.)

Archbishop Stavert described his years as a bishop as "wonderful" and "memorable." He cited three major challenges faced by the diocese: the huge territory that it covers, the declining number of people and parishes, and responding to the needs of French-speaking Anglicans. …