Magazine article Anglican Journal

First Bishop of the Anglican Military Ordinariate Elected

Magazine article Anglican Journal

First Bishop of the Anglican Military Ordinariate Elected

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In the first election of its kind, Col. the Ven Nigel Shaw, director of chaplaincy operations for the Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force, was chosen as the new bishopelect of the Anglican Military Ordinariate March 5 via an electronic electoral synod.

"It's very humbling, at one level, to realize how much trust has been placed in you by the people of the Ordinariate," Shaw said in an interview. "The thought of being able to continue to minister with the community that I've been a part of and loved so dearly for so long is really exciting."

Shaw said that one of his priorities as bishop is the expansion of lay people's role within the Ordinariate in the wider church

"One of the things I've never been completely satisfied with is our ability to really empower Anglican laity within the Ordinariate," he said. "I really want to take some time and evaluate how we can best create space for our lay readers to be a gift--not just to the military communities that they may be living within, but also a gift to the dioceses of the church they are resident in."

Shaw is the first bishop ordinary chosen through election rather than primatial appointment, a shift that he said is part of a longer process of evolution in the office, from being a largely symbolic position held by retired bishops to being an active and independent role analogous to the one played by diocesan bishops. …

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