Bishops Elected: Debt Reduction Proposed
In other business at the Arctic synod, delegates elected two new suffragan bishops, in addition to Bishop Paul Idlout, elected in 1996. (A suffragan is an assistant bishop who does not have the automatic right of succession, as does a coadjutor bishop.) Each of the three bishops will be responsible for a region within the diocese, which is geographically Canada's largest, covering 4,000,000 square km and encompassing 16,000 people, 31 parishes and 52 congregations.
Rev. Larry Robertson, a priest in Inuvik, was elected Bishop of the Mackenzie and Kitikmeot region. The only other candidate was Ven. Haydn Schofield, archdeacon of the western Arctic. Rev. Andrew Atagotaaluk was elected regional bishop for Nunavik on the first ballot. The other nominees were Rev. Canon Ben Arreak, incumbent at Kuujjuaq, Que., and Rev. Iola Metuq, a priest in Inukjuak, Que. Bishop Idlout will serve as Bishop for the Baffin and Keewatin region.
The elections were relatively quick, noted Bishop Williams, given that it took 29 ballots over three days to elect Bishop Idlout. …