Bishops eligible for nomination as primate: Province of Canada

Published April 1, 2004


Metropolitan of the Province of Canada and Archbishop of Montreal

An outspoken advocate for minorities, refugees, and human rights in church and state, he was consecrated a bishop in 1990. Described by his peers as “an astute and experienced spokesman for the church in the political arena,” he was ordained a priest in 1970. He has adopted the position that while the church should not take part in partisan politics, it must speak out on matters involving peace, justice and reconciliation. In 1999, he was awarded the Jerusalem Prize by the Canadian Jewish Congress for his support of the non-use of the Good Friday Collect, which is seen as offensive to the Jewish community because of its reference to Jews as “lost sheep.”

He received his licentiate in theology from Trinity College, University of Toronto in 1969. He also received honorary doctorates from Montreal Diocesan College, Trinity College and Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, Que.

He has chaired the national stewardships and financial development committee, was a member of the National Executive Council of the Anglican Church of Canada and president of Montreal Diocesan Theological College. He and his wife, Lois, have a son. PERCY D. COFFIN, 51

Bishop of Western Newfoundland

He was regional dean for the diocese’s Humber area and rector of All Saints Church in Corner Brook, Nfld., before he was elected bishop in 2003.

Born and raised in Joe Batt’s Arm, Nfld., he was ordained a priest in 1985. He served as parish priest and chaplain in the Armed Forces. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Memorial University in 1983 and a master of divinity in 1985 from Queen’s Theological College, both in St. John’s.

After his ordination, he served as a parish priest and chaplain in the Armed Forces. He and his wife, Monica, a priest in the diocese, have four children. DONALD F. HARVEY, 64 (retiring in November)

Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador

He served as regional dean of Labrador from 1968 to 1973 and as regional dean of St. John’s, Nfld., from 1989 to 1992. He also served as chair of the Council of the North from 1995 to 1998 and was a member of General Synod’s financial management and development committee from 1993 to 2001.

Before his consecration as bishop in 1993 he was a lecturer and dean at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He received a master of divinity from Queen’s College in 1963, a master’s degree in 1986 from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and an honorary doctorate from Huron College in 1996. He serves on the board of the Anglican Foundation.

His non-church activities include being president of the Federation of School Boards of Newfoundland, president of the Newfoundland Libraries Board, chair of the Kiwanis Musical Festival Association of St. John’s, and director of the Canadian Library Association.

He has announced that he will retire in November. FREDERICK J. HILTZ, 50

Bishop of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

His church-related interests range from the mission to seafarers to art and architecture and Anglican formation. He serves in various local, provincial and national committees. He has attended four General Synods and was elected to the Council of General Synod in 2001. A native of Halifax, he obtained a bachelor of science degree in biology from Dalhousie University, a master of divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology, and an honorary doctor of divinity from the University of King’s College.

Ordained a priest in 1978, he became bishop in 1995. He served several parishes in the diocese and as archdeacon of the South Shore. He was also director of the Atlantic School of Theology’s Anglican formation program. He has attended special training events with archdeacons and regional deans and attended the College for Bishops at the General Theological Seminary, New York. He and his wife, Lynne, have one son. CLAUDE W. MILLER, 59

Bishop of Fredericton

He had many years of experience in civil engineering, real estate appraisal, development, and property management before he was ordained in 1988. In 1964, he received a civil engineering diploma at the New Brunswick Institute of Technology, and 10 years later, became a real estate appraiser accredited by the Appraisal Institute of Canada. But a life in the ministry beckoned and in 1988 he graduated with a bachelor of theology at the Atlantic School of Theology. He obtained a doctor of ministry degree at Bangor Theological Seminary in 2003.

He was executive assistant to the bishop of Fredericton and was also the diocesan archdeacon from 2000 to 2003. In 2003 he was elected co-adjutor bishop of the diocese.

He spent his early years in the Fredericton parishes of Kingston and Bathurst. As parish priest he was involved in community and ecumenical outreach, including the Bathurst community volunteer and food bank initiatives, and the parish of Kingston’s senior’s complex. He and his wife, Sharon, have two daughters. SUE MOXLEY

Suffragan Bishop, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

She is the diocese’s first female bishop and the third woman to be elected to Canada’s house of bishops.

A well-known social justice advocate, she was ordained to the diaconate in 1984 and to the priesthood in 1985. She has a bachelor and master’s degree in arts from the University of Western Ontario, a master’s in psychology and a PhD in education and psychology from the University of Michigan. She received her master’s degree in divinity in 1984 from the Atlantic School of Theology, where she was a part-time faculty member from 1990 to 1996.

She has served parishes in the diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and a number of diocesan councils and committees.

She and her husband, Bruce, have two grown daughters: Ruth and Tanya, a member of the General Synod information resources committee. A. BRUCE STAVERT, 63

Bishop of Quebec

Faced with a dwindling congregation in the predominantly Roman Catholic province of Quebec, he and his diocese have been working hard to reach out to other cultural and linguistic communities.

This bilingual native of Montreal became the 11th bishop of Quebec, the Anglican church’s second oldest diocese (after Nova Scotia), in 1991. Ordained as a priest in 1965, he received a bachelor’s degree at Bishop’s University, a bachelor of sacred theology and a master of theology at Trinity College, University of Toronto, which later honored him with a doctorate in divinity. He has served as dean and rector of St. Albans, Sask., chaplain at Bishops University and Trinity College, incumbent at St. Clements and Schefferville, Que.

He has been involved with the Anglican Foundation and National Executive Council, and is co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada.

He has been active in both Provincial Synod and General Synod.

He and his wife, Diana, have three children. DONALD A. YOUNG, 59 (retiring Dec. 31, 2004)

Bishop of Central Newfoundland

(resigning as bishop as of Dec. 31, 2004)

He was the first deacon and priest ordained in the diocese of Central Newfoundland. He was elected coadjutor bishop at St. Martin’s Cathedral on November 2000 and now serves as the third diocesan bishop.

Priested in November 1977, he served in the parish of Buchans from November 1977 to August 1981, and in the parish of Port Rexton from August 1981 to July 1989.

He was the diocese of Central Newfoundland’s executive officer for 11 years. He was also an associate editor of the church newspaper of the three Newfoundland dioceses, Newfoundland Churchman (now known as Anglican Life). He is a member of the Anglican Journal board. He is also co-chair of the national pensions committee and was a member of the task force on episcopal oversight and the task force looking at the canon on the primacy.

He and his wife, Joan, have four children.


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