Magazine article Anglican Journal

Brandon Elects College Rector as New Bishop

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Brandon Elects College Rector as New Bishop

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On October 31, the synod of the diocese of Brandon elected Canon William Cliff, rector of the Collegiate Chapel of St. John the Evangelist at Huron University College in the diocese of Huron, as its seventh diocesan bishop.

Cliff said he was "surprised, but...very grateful" to have been chosen, and that his priorities include the "recruitment and training of clergy" and providing "support and love" for the Indigenous Anglicans in the largely Aboriginal northern regions of the diocese.

A native of Wyoming, Ont., in the diocese of Huron, Cliff has been rector at Huron University College in London, Ont., for almost 14 years.

"I have loved my time at the university. I have loved the students--they are my life and my joy--and it is a deeply pastoral ministry, and I am hoping that will translate into a deeply pastoral ministry as a bishop," he said.

Cliff's involvement with the diocese of Brandon grew out of his work in youth ministry, particularly the Ask and Imagine program and Canadian Lutheran and Anglican Youth (CLAY). Through these initiatives, he met and became friends with Anglicans from Brandon, and when outgoing Bishop Jim Njegovan announced his retirement earlier this year, they encouraged him to stand for election. …

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