Tuesday, September 29, 2009

‘Child of the rectory’ becomes new metropolitan of BC/Yukon

From Canada-

The diocesan bishop of Kootenay, John Privett, 53, is the new metropolitan (senior bishop) of the ecclesiastical province of British Columbia and Yukon. He was elected at the provincial synod Sept. 25, and installed at the closing Eucharist Sept. 27.

Archbishop Privett becomes the 11th metropolitan of the youngest of four ecclesiastical provinces in the Anglican Church of Canada. Founded in 1914, the province includes the dioceses of British Columbia, Caledonia, New Westminster, Yukon, Kootenay and the Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior.

Archbishop Privett was born in Saskatoon and grew up in Whitehorse, Yukon, where his father served as rector of Christ Church Cathedral. “A lifelong Christian and child of the rectory,” he was ordained a deacon in 1981 and a priest in 1982, at the diocese of Edmonton. He was elected bishop of Kootenay in 2005.

Describing himself as “passionate about the life of parishes,” Archbishop Privett is interested in congregational development, dialogue, Christian formation and spiritual direction. He is also a strong supporter of camping ministry. On the national level, he serves on the planning and agenda team for the Council of General Synod (CoGS), as well as on the shared ministries committee and the youth initiatives task force.



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