Retirement: Bruce Howe of Huron

Published September 1, 2008

Bishop Bruce Howe of Huron will retire in September.

The diocese of Huron has announced that its bishop, the Rt. Rev. Bruce Howe, retires effective Sept. 1, 2008.

A letter, signed by the diocesan execvutive staff, said, “For 40 years Bishop Howe has served the church that he loves and cherishes, and he has had a ministry that has always been full speed ahead. This style of care and devotion takes a toll emotionally, spiritually and physically and, while the decision may seem sudden, Bishop Bruce has made the best decision for his well being and that of his family.”

Bishop Howe, 60, was elected and consecrated a bishop in 2000. Ordained a priest in the diocese of Nova Scotia in 1971, he served as director of social services at Fred Victor Mission in Toronto (1970-1974), as rector of St. Mary’s, Glace Bay, N.S. (1974-1980), and later, as rector of St. John’s, Lunenberg, N.S. (1980-1988). “Bishop Howe is known for his tireless style of ministry and his constant care for God’s people,” said a press statement issued by the diocese. “Fond of saying, ‘God is good to Huron,’ Howe’s ever present smile and outgoing personality are hallmarks of how he has been good to the second largest diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada.”

The diocese said an episcopal election to choose Bishop Howe’s successor would be announced later.

In 2007, Bishop Howe was one of four bishops nominated for the office of primate (national archbishop).

“We need as a diocese to raise a loud prayer of thanksgiving for the gift that Bruce has been to our diocesan family: his smile, his uncanny ability to remember names and personal stories, his deep and unconditional love and care for each one that God entrusted to his ministerial care,” the letter said.

Born in Wolfville, N.S., Bishop Howe received a bachelor of arts, and later, a master of sacred letters, at the University of King’s College, Halifax. In 1999, he received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Huron University College in London, Ont.

Bishop Howe and his wife, Jane, have four daughters.


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