3 Episcopal Elections Held: (Fred) Hiltz Will Succeed (Arthur) Peters in Nova Scotia

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New bishops have been elected in the dioceses of Brandon and Caledonia, while in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, suffraga bishop Fred Hiltz was chosen in a single ballot to succeed Archbishop Arthur Peters as diocesan.

One of three candidates, Bishop Hiltz received 74 per cent of votes at the electoral synod on Nov. 9. He will now serve as coadjutor bishop until Archbishop Peters officially retires in February.

Shortly after that retirement, the ecclesiastical province of Canada will vote to elect a new metropolitan or archbishop.

Born in 1953, Bishop Hiltz studied science and biology at Dalhousie Univeristy before obtaining a divinity degree from the Atlantic School of Theology. He was ordained in 1978 and served in several parishes throughout the diocese until his election as suffragan or assistant bishop in 1994.

Meanwhile, the diocese of Brandon, in western Manitoba, elected a familiar face as its bishop in October.

Jim Njegovan, 47, currently dean of the diocese and rector of St. Matthews Cathedral, was elected on the third ballot on Oct. 19. Bishop-elect Njegovan, who has served as diocesan administrator since Bishop Malcolm Harding retired July 31, was elected from among seven candidates.

Ordained priest in 1979 in the diocese of Rupert's Land, Bishop-elect Njegovan served parishes in Winnipeg before becoming rector of Brandon's cathedral in 1992. He received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees from St. John's College at the University of Manitoba. …