Magazine article Anglican Journal

Moxley Elected Diocesan Bishop of NS and PEI

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Moxley Elected Diocesan Bishop of NS and PEI

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Bishop Susan Moxley, the suffragan, or assistant, bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, was elected diocesan bishop on Oct. 20 in an episcopal election at All Saints Cathedral, Halifax.

She was chosen on the first ballot, receiving 196 lay votes out of 265 ballots. Among clergy, she was named in 104 ballots out of 149 cast.

Bishop Moxley, who is 61, has served as suffragan bishop since March, 2004. In June 2007, her predecessor, Fred Hiltz, was elected primate, or national archbishop, of the Anglican Church of Canada and is now based at the national office in Toronto.

She is the second female bishop elected to lead a diocese. Bishop Victoria Matthews was elected bishop of Edmonton in 1997. News of Bishop Moxley's election was distributed to the International Anglican Women's Network and Bishop Moxley, in an interview, said she is getting emails from women around the world, one of which said, "We need to know this is possible."

Nevertheless, Bishop Moxley said, "the church moves slowly." The Anglican Church of Canada ordained its first female priests in 1976. "Moving into leadership roles doesn't happen overnight. We need to encourage women to get the leadership training they need," said Bishop Moxley.

As diocesan bishop, she will be involved in appointing clergy to parishes, in consultation with congregations, and be responsible for more pastoral work with clergy. She said she anticipated an election for a suffragan bishop would be held at the regular diocesan synod next May. …

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