Bishops select candidates for primatial election

Regina, Sask. (April 19, 2004) Canadian Anglican bishops have selected four from among their own number to be candidates for an election to the office of Primate, which will be held next month in St. Catharines, Ont.

The election of a successor to Archbishop Michael Peers, the 11th Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, is one of the tasks awaiting more than 300 members of the Anglican General Synod when it convenes May 28 - June 4.

Archbishop Peers, who was primate or leader of the Anglican Church for 18 years, retired in February.

Under church law, Canadian bishops nominate as many as five candidates for the primacy, and General Synod members vote to elect one of them.

The following bishops were nominated at a House of Bishops meeting here on the weekend:

The Anglican General Synod, which convenes at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., next month, is the church's chief legislative and governing body. It is made up of more than 300 delegates, including lay people, deacons, priests and bishops elected from each of the church's 30 dioceses. General Synod meets every three years.

The primatial election will be held at the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre at Brock University on May 31. The new Primate will be formally installed at a service at Christ's Church Cathedral in Hamilton, Ont., in the diocese of Niagara on June 4.

On May 30, General Synod members will bid farewell to Archbishop Peers at a dinner in Niagara Falls, Ont.

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This is one of a series of official news releases that will be made before the Anglican Church of Canada's 37th General Synod. Between now and the end of May, releases will be issued about once a week.

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Because of limited space for media at General Synod, journalists who wish to cover the event are encouraged to register in advance. You may register at http://gs2004.anglican.ca/media/registration/ or contact Josie DeLucia, assistant to the Director of Communications, at 416 924 9199, ext. 294, jdelucia@national.anglican.ca

For more information, please contact Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director of Communications, 416 924 9199 ext. 306, scarriere@national.anglican.ca OR Michael Thompson, Principal Secretary to the Primate, 416 924 9199 ext. 277, mthompson@national.anglican.ca