Magazine article Anglican Journal

Drainville Announces Retirement: Says It's Time for New Leadership in Quebec

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Drainville Announces Retirement: Says It's Time for New Leadership in Quebec

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Bishop Dennis Drainville of the diocese of Quebec has announced that he will likely retire in 2017.

An August 6 statement posted to the diocesan website said that a co-adjutor bishop would be elected at the synod scheduled to take place on November 26-29, that this bishop would be ordained in March 2016 and that Drainville would finalize a date for his retirement by Dec. 1, 2016.

Because a co-adjutor bishop has the right of succession, upon Drainville's retirement that individual would automatically become the 13th diocesan bishop of Quebec.

Drainville, 61, said this arrangement would help his successor get a sense of the challenges and issues facing the diocese. "I hate to say this, but there's nothing that prepares you for the job of bishop..."

Speaking of the highlights of his own episcopal ministry, he pointed out that a bishop is only one part of the church body. "I see myself as having worked within the context of a community of faithful believers who are trying against incredible odds to keep the church alive and responding to God's call to mission," he said. "And I think if there is anything I am happy about, it is that we have been faithful and we have enlarged our hope and we have deepened our faith. …

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