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New bishop has local connections

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today


Following the Sept. 17 election of three new bishops for the Diocese of Toronto, results showed that one of those elected is the daughter of a St. Peter's Anglican Church family in Cobourg.

Bishop-elect Jenny Andison is the daughter of Mark and Ann Hare of St. Peter's Anglican Church in Cobourg.

The website of the Diocese of Toronto, Anglican Church of Canada, states that Rev. Canon Andison was elected on the third ballot of the third election.

The background given for the 44-year-old incumbent of St. Clement, Eglinton, in Toronto includes a 1997 Master of Divinity from Wycliffe College. She was ordained deacon the same year and priest in 1999. She was previously the Archbishop’s Officer for Mission.

She and her husband Tim have three daughters.

The website provides the bishop-elect's comments upon her election.

“It's overwhelming,” she stated.

“I just asked the people of the diocese to pray for my soul, and that I would be a bishop who is faithful to God and pastoral to everyone.

“My passion is seeing churches renewed and grow and spread the love of Christ to people who have never heard it, so it will be a huge and exciting privilege to work with the laity and clergy of the diocese to help more people know the love of Jesus.”

Elected along with Andison were Rev. Riscylla Walsh Shaw and Rev. Canon Kevin Robertson.

The three new bishops will be consecrated at St. Paul on Bloor Street on Jan. 7. Each will provide oversight of one of the diocese’s four episcopal areas — York-Scarborough, York-Credit Valley, Trent-Durham and York-Simcoe — with specifics yet to be determined.

Another St. Peter's family also had a daughter as one of 12 nominated candidates.

Canon Heather McCance is the daughter of Ward and Linda McCance. Ordained priest in 1998, the 45-year-old McCance is currently rector of St. Andrew's in Scarborough.