Magazine article Anglican Journal

Archbishop (Barry) Curtis Announces Retirement

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Archbishop (Barry) Curtis Announces Retirement

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Archbishop Barry Curtis closed the 62nd Synod of the Diocese of Calgary by saying he will retire June 30, 1999. "After 40 years of active ministry, it is time for me to retire," he said.

The archbishop has also tendered his resignation as metropolitan of Rupert's Land.

The news was greeted with surprise, some tears - and a great many hugs.

"I can't tell you how grateful I am for serving Christ," Archbishop Curtis told the gathering, "and I pray for this diocese, as I do every day, to take courage: don't be intimidated by anyone. God will help this diocese become everything it can be."

Dean of Calgary, Robert Pynn will act as senior diocesan administrator after the archbishop steps down and until a new bishop is elected, possibly next October or November.

Most archbishops retire at 65, Archbishop Curtis said in an interview. He reached that milestone last June but "I just wasn't ready to retire then."

Archbishop Curtis was ordained to the diaconate in 1958 in Ottawa's Christ Church Cathedral. …

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