Diocese of Niagara Elects New Bishop

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Archdeacon Michael Bird, 49, whose interests include curling and playing the bagpipes, on June 2 was elected bishop of the diocese of Niagara.

He was elected on the fifth ballot at an electoral synod held at Christ's Church Cathedral in Hamilton, Ont., the diocese's see city. On the final ballot, he received 71 out of 110 clergy votes and 149 out of 243 lay votes, according to synod officials. The election lasted four hours and started with a slate of 12 candidates.

Bishop-elect Bird's consecration has been set for Sept. 30. He will succeed Bishop Ralph Spence, who has announced he intends to retire at the end of February, 2008.

Bishop-elect Bird was born and raised within the diocese, in Oakville, Ont. and attended St. Aidan's church in his youth. "I owe a great deal to my parents and to the clergy and people of St. Aidan's for my nurture in the Christian faith, as a child and then as a young man. I am grateful for the many ways that I was encouraged as a young person to take an active part in the life and work of that parish and it was here that I first discerned a call to ordained ministry," he wrote in his biographical profile. …


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