As some, but maybe not all may know, our church is part of a cluster of churches around the Toronto area. This regional grouping of churches are known as a Diocese. Each Diocese is lead by a bishop elected by clergy and lay leaders from local parishes, and some are supported by additional bishops, to ensure that parishes are resourced, faithful and Christ centred in their mission and ministry. The Diocese of Toronto for the last 35 years or more, has had a senior Diocesan Bishop, with 4 Assistant Bishops, to help support the parish communities that make up our Diocese. However, with 2 Assistant Bishops stepping down from their ministries for retirement and new responsibilities, a question has been asked, “How many bishops do we need?”
The Diocese commissioned a committee to undertake a formal review, and provide a series of options, that could be shared with the Diocese. This report was released just after Easter and is available for review. Please click here for a copy of the report. This document highlights the options open to us as a Diocese, as we look to find the right model of leadership for our church, in these changing times. For a summary of the report, please watch Bishop Andrew Asbil’s video summary found below.
A series of Pubic Town Halls have been scheduled for all Anglicans to participate in, to review and discuss these proposals. There are 2 sessions available to attend on Saturday, May 10th, 10 am and 2 pm. Please click here to register and be a participant.
As we look to our Diocese’ Annual Meeting in November, elected representatives from each parish will meet to discern which option we should be taking and how things will unfold for this process. Please keep the church in your prayers and continue to watch the Diocesan Website and our St. Mary’s Website for more feedback as it becomes available.