Magazine article Anglican Journal

Athabasca Bishop Resigns, Moves to Texas

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Athabasca Bishop Resigns, Moves to Texas

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Almost exactly a decade after being elected bishop of the diocese of Athabasca, Fraser Lawton is resigning to take up positions with the Episcopal Church's diocese of Dallas.

Lawton's resignation, already submitted to the diocese's executive council, was scheduled for Sept. 8, according to an article in the September issue of the Messenger, the newspaper of the dioceses of Athabasca and Edmonton. Jason Haggstrom, now dean of Athabasca, was to begin serving as administrator of the diocese beginning on that date, and an electoral synod to choose a new bishop was scheduled for Nov. 16.

In a column in the same issue, Lawton said he would be serving as rector of the Church of St. Dunstan in Mineola, Texas, and would also be an assisting bishop for the diocese. The plan, Lawton added, is that in about two years he will be the diocese's assistant bishop.

According to the diocese's website, an assisting bishop--as opposed to an assistant bishop--is normally tasked with providing short-term help.

Lawton said that he and his wife, Veronica, had been anticipating that he would remain as bishop of Athabasca up to his retirement, until the diocese of Dallas approached him about the positions.

"Initially, we declined the offer," he wrote. "After much prayer, counsel, agonising, and various forms of spiritual confirmations we came to the conclusion that God is indeed calling us to leave Athabasca for Dallas."

According to the Messenger, the diocese of Dallas has been supportive of the diocese of Athabasca for a number of years, and in 2018, Lawton spent some sabbatical time at St. …

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