The Primate of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, announces plans to retire in July 2019

Jan 10, 2018 by

from ACNS:

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, the Primate of Canada, has announced that he will step down from his role on the final day of Provincial Synod’s next meeting, on 16 July 2019. Last year, Archbishop Fred marked 40 years of ordained ministry in the church – 23 of them as a bishop and 10 as Primate. In a letter to the Church, he said that he had wondered “if I might not be coming very close to the ‘best before’ date in the leadership I am providing”; but said that, after a process of prayer and discernment, he “felt more than a little sense of solemn obligation to see General Synod through the next round of conversations over a few very significant matters.”

The July 2019 meeting of Canada’s General Synod will debate and vote on the second reading of the amendment to the Marriage Canon; and on plans “to honour the dream of a truly Indigenous Church within The Anglican Church of Canada.” In addition to discussions on tackling human trafficking and climate change, it will now conclude its work with the election of a new primate. “It will be a day when I pray we will all say with a resounding heart soul and voice, ‘This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it’”, Archbishop Fred said, in reference to Psalm 118.

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