October 14 & 15 set for episcopal Election
October 14 and 15 have been set as the date the Algoma Synod will be called together in Sault Ste. Marie to elect a new Bishop. Bishop Andrews has announced his resignation as of July 31 in order to accept an appointment as Principal of Wycliffe College in Toronto.
In preparing for this the Executive Committee, at its June meeting, will appoint three clergy and three laity to form an Election Process Committee which will oversee the preparations for the election. The Executive will also appoint an Administrator who, with a Standing Committee made up of the Archdeacons, will carry out the Bishop’s temporal duties until a new Bishop takes office. The spiritual duties, such as ordinations and confirmations, will be overseen by Archbishop Johnson as the senior bishop of the Province.
The election will be followed, usually by several months, by a Consecration and Installation of the new Bishop-elect. The Consecration is a service of the Provincial House of Bishops who will ordain the elected candidate as a bishop. The new bishop will then be installed into the office of The Bishop of Algoma and assume all of the responsibilities and powers of that office. The date of the Consecration and Installation have not yet been set.