Magazine article Anglican Journal

Watton Elected Bishop of Central Newfoundland

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Watton Elected Bishop of Central Newfoundland

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A self-described former street kid has been elected bishop of the diocese of Central Newfoundland.

"It's a wonderful feeling to know that you've been entrusted with a ministry that you do feel prepared for, but...there's apprehension, there's a mixture of emotions," Bishop John Watton, former rector of St. Martin's Cathedral in Gander, told the Anglican Journal.

Watton was declared the new bishop April 30 after an election that went to seven ballots, said Margaret Jenniex, program officer for the diocese.

Watton was ordained bishop June 29 and represented the diocese at General Synod in July. He succeeded Bishop David Torraville.

Watton said his first priority as bishop would be to listen to parishioners. "We need to invite everyone to the table, and we need to pay attention and listen to each other's voices, because not one of us has all the answers," he said.

In addition to a shrinking population, Watton said, the main challenge facing the diocese is the same as that faced by most other dioceses in the country: how to work out a role for the church in the face of cultural transformation. …

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