It’s God who’s in charge, not us’

Published May 1, 2011

Photo: contributed

Seeing young people in church has never failed to give Bishop George Bruce of the diocese of Ontario a boost. Mentoring young men and women who have gone into priesthood represents some of “the most rewarding” time he has spent in his nearly nine years as bishop.

Bishop Bruce, who first had a career in the Canadian Forces, announced his retirement last August after 24 years of service. Ordained in the diocese of Ottawa in 1987, he became rector of several congregations in the Ottawa area, and then dean of St. George’s Cathedral. He also has served at the Council of General Synod (CoGS), and as a member of the faith, worship and ministry committee.

Before he retires, Bishop Bruce will prepare study materials for the final text of the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion.

“Anglicans are good at arguing and debating,” he told the Anglican Journal in an interview. “We could address those [issues] if we simply got on in proclaiming the Gospel, looking after the poor, the needy and the sick, and remembering that it’s God who is in charge, not us.” Ω


  • Marites N. Sison

    Marites (Tess) Sison was editor of the Anglican Journal from August 2014 to July 2018, and senior staff writer from December 2003 to July 2014. An award-winning journalist, she has more that three decades of professional journalism experience in Canada and overseas. She has contributed to The Toronto Star and CBC Radio, and worked as a stringer for The New York Times.

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