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OTTAWA, ONT: Anglican Network in Canada Installs New Diocesan Bishop

OTTAWA, ONT: Anglican Network in Canada Installs New Diocesan Bishop

Posted by David W. Virtue
November 6, 2014

The Rt. Rev. Charles Masters was installed as the diocesan bishop of the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) by Archbishop Foley Beach, primate of the Anglican Church in North America.

The Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) comprises churches spread from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland to New England, and counts more than 4500 weekly worshippers.

Bishop Masters succeeds ANiC's founding diocesan bishop, Bishop Donald Harvey -- who is now Episcopal Vicar of the diocese.

The installation service took place at St Peter and St Paul's Anglican Church, in the heart of the nation's capital, Ottawa.

The service coincided with the ANiC's annual diocesan synod -- an assembly of church leaders from the 71 congregations which form ANiC, gathering for spiritual renewal, Bible teaching, fellowship, direction setting and diocesan governance.

The theme of synod, which ran from November 5-7, was "Now a People: A Bible People, a Gospel People, a Global People" and denoted the diocese's maturation from formation into mission. The ANiC's early years were focused on gathering disaffected Biblically faithful Anglicans.

This week's synod members walked to Parliament Hill and met with elected leaders and prayed with them for the nation of Canada.

In his bishop's Charge, Bishop Masters outlined his five priorities for the diocese and its members. These are:

Bold witnesses -- Each one equipped to share the Gospel
Biblically grounded -- Each one having a solid knowledge of the Word of God.
Loving children -- Every church focused on vital ministries to children and youth
On mission -- Engaged in our communities, nations and world, showing and sharing the love of God
Planting & growing churches -- Every congregation focused on planting another congregation.
In addition to Archbishop Foley Beach, a number of bishops participated in Bishop Masters' installation including:
• from outside North America, Bishop Greg Venables (Argentina), (formerly archbishop of the Southern Cone)
• from the Anglican Church in North America, Bishops Peter Beckwith, Bill Atwood, John Guernsey, Julian Dobbs, Felix Orji, Eric Menees and Charles Dorrington; and
• from the Anglican Network in Canada, Bishops Donald Harvey, Ron Ferris, Malcolm Harding, Stephen Leung and Trevor Walters.

ANiC became an ecclesiastical body in 2007. In 2009 it became a founding diocese in the Anglican Church in North America. The Anglican Church in North America now unites more than 112,000 faithful Anglicans across the continent.

Members of the Anglican Network in Canada are committed to remaining faithful to Holy Scripture and established Anglican doctrine and practice. Through the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, ANiC is in full communion with Anglicans worldwide -- the vast majority of whom are committed to established, Biblically based Christianity and historic Anglican traditions.

ANiC's mission is "Building Biblically faithful, Gospel sharing, Anglican churches."


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