(David) Ashdown Is Chosen to Succeed (Gordon) Beardy: Archdeacon Wins of Third Ballot

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Big Trout Lake, Ont.

The diocese of Keewatin has chosen its executive archdeacon to be the new diocesan bishop.

Archdeacon David Ashdown was elected on the third ballot. There were three other candidates: Archdeacon Sidney Black, Archdeacon Douglas Greig and Rev. Terry McNear.

Bishop-elect Ashdown succeeds Bishop Gordon Beardy who surprised the church last summer with his resignation. That announcement came just weeks after General Synod where Bishop Beardy delivered a moving and spontaneous absolution to the primate, Archbishop Michael Peers, for the church's role in the residential schools system.

Since Bishop Beardy stepped down, Bishop-elect Ashdown has been running the affairs of the diocese as commissary, or temporary replacement.

Before moving to Keewatin in 1999, Bishop-elect Ashdown served as treasurer and executive archdeacon of the diocese of Athabasca, in northern Alberta.

Ordained priest in 1978, he served parishes in the diocese of Qu'Appelle until 1992, when he moved to Athabasca. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan and bachelor of theology and master of divinity from the College of Emmanuel and St. …