Magazine article Anglican Journal

Ontario, Arctic Bishops Announce Retirement

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Ontario, Arctic Bishops Announce Retirement

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Bishop Peter Mason, of the diocese of Ontario, has announced he will retire at the end of September.

Last fall, he said, he realized his "spirit was weary," a condition that "may be related to burnout." This year marks his 10th anniversary as diocesan bishop and also marks the beginning of a new 10-year strategic plan for the diocese. "I want to give the opportunity for new and fresh leadership," he said.

Bishop Mason, who is 58, was consecrated bishop in May, 1992. He was previously principal of Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto and served parishes in Halifax and Montreal. He is married to Carmen and they have three grown children.

He was elected bishop of Ontario in the aftermath of a sexual abuse scandal at the cathedral involving a former choirmaster who was eventually jailed.

After September, he said he intends "to have a good three or four-month rest with my wife and our dog." They will probably have an apartment in Toronto and Bishop Mason said he is interested in part-time ministry. "I'm looking forward to taking in spiritually. …

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