Magazine article Anglican Journal

Former Bishop of Calgary Dies at 68

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Former Bishop of Calgary Dies at 68

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Barry Craig Bates Hollowell, bishop of Calgary from 2000-2005, died at the Sarcee Hospice in Calgary, August 17. He was 68.

Hollowell is remembered for having led his diocese through a particularly challenging period. In addition to the demographic pinch caused by falling church attendance and shrinking budgets, the first lawsuits were being filed over the diocese's alleged involvement in abuses that occurred at Indian residential schools.

Controversial decisions--such as closing parishes, attempting to remove the cathedral designation from Calgary's downtown Church of the Redeemer and inviting the liberal Episcopalian Bishop John Shelby Spong to speak to the diocese--caused some in the diocese to question Hollowell's leadership. In 2005, at age 57, he resigned from the position of diocesan bishop.

Hollowell advocated for the full inclusion of gays and lesbians in church, saying, "there is not a two-tier baptism."

He also served the national church, including a stint as chair of the faith, worship and ministry committee of General Synod.

Hollowell spent the last years of his life practising as a registered psychologist, and teaching as a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary, according to an obituary published in the Calgary Herald. …

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