Bishop (Walter Asbil) of Niagara to Retire

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Hamilton, Ont.

After six years as Bishop of Niagara, Walter Asbil is retiring.

The bishop said in an interview that it has been his plan all along to retire at the age of 65, which he will reach in October.

He will retire Dec. 31, though the diocese will elect a co-adjutor bishop on June 7. (A co-adjutor is an assistant bishop who automatically succeeds as diocesan.)

"I've been to Lambeth, not as a bishop, but as a member of the Anglican Consultative Council, and I would not want to prevent my successor from that very wonderful experience," said Bishop Asbil.

A recent diagnosis of prostate cancer only served to confirm his decision to retire said Bishop Asbil, but the illness had nothing to do with the timing of his announcement. He completed his radiation treatments last month and said he is feeling well and expects his energy back soon.

While undergoing treatment, he said, he still managed to make it into the office every day, but his doctors recommended he forego taking Sunday services.

Born in Rawdon, Que., in 1932, Bishop Asbil studied at Montreal's Concordia University, Montreal Diocesan Theological College and McGill University before being ordained in 1957. …