Canada elects Stavert as metropolitan

Published November 1, 2004

Bruce Stavert, bishop of Quebec is the new metropolitan of the Province of Canada.

He was chosen on the second ballot at an election held at St. Martin’s Cathedral in Gander, Nfld., Sept. 23, at the meeting of the provincial council of the ecclesiastical (church) province of Canada. The province includes the dioceses of Montreal, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Fredericton, Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, Central Newfoundland and Western Newfoundland.

Archbishop Stavert, 64, was formally installed as metropolitan at a service in St. Martin’s Cathedral on Sunday, Sept. 26. As senior bishop, the metropolitan has jurisdiction and pastoral oversight for the province and presides at meetings of the provincial synods and councils.

He succeeds Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, who was elected primate (senior archbishop) of the Anglican Church of Canada on May 31.

Archbishop Stavert is the second bishop of Quebec to be elected metropolitan; the first was Archbishop Philip Carrington, who served from 1944 to 1960.

A bilingual native of Montreal, Archbishop Stavert 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 honoured him with a doctorate in divinity. He has served as dean and rector of St. Albans, diocese of Saskatchewan, chaplain at Bishop’s University and Trinity College, incumbent at St. Clement’s Mission East and the parish of Schefferville, Que.

He has been involved with the Anglican Foundation and National Executive Council (the church’s predecessor to the Council of General Synod), and is co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada.

He and his wife, Diana, have three children.

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