Magazine article Anglican Journal

Dioceses Consider Plans, Dates for New Bishops

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Dioceses Consider Plans, Dates for New Bishops

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Another round of episcopal elections is looming as the Diocese of Qu'Appelle moves to set a date to elect a new bishop to succeed Bishop Eric Bays, who steps down at the end of August and two northern dioceses consider adding suffragan bishops.

The Diocese of the Arctic is considering a plan to create two additional area suffragan bishops. Patrick Scott, executive director of the diocese, says provincial synod will have to approve a plan which calls for suffragan bishops for the eastern Arctic, northern Quebec and the central and western Arctic.

The bishops would maintain their parish ministries and Mr. Scott says the plan could save money since travel is one of the greatest expenses facing the diocese. Smaller regions would mean potential travel savings.

So far the plan has been supported by most congregations. If passed by provincial synod, the earliest date for episcopal elections would be at the 1999 diocesan synod.

In Keewatin, Bishop Gordon Beardy says a proposal for a suffragan bishop to assist him is still in the discussion stages. …

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