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First female bishop to be installed

Anglicans to consecrate a new bishop for the Diocese of Algoma
Anne Germond, Venerable Anne Germond
The Venerable Anne Germond. submitted photo. She will be the first woman to serve as bishop of the Diocese.

The Venerable Anne Germond is to be consecrated and installed as the 11th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Algoma on February 11, 9:30 a.m., at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Sault Ste. Marie.

She will be the first woman to serve as bishop of the Diocese.

She succeeds The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews, who held the position for eight years before becoming principal of Wycliffe College in Toronto in August 2016.

The Diocese also covers the North Bay area.

A native of South Africa, Bishop-elect Germond moved to Canada in 1986 and Sudbury in 1989. She was made a deacon in 2001 and ordained a priest in 2002.  She and her husband, Dr. Colin Germond, have two adult children, Caitlin and Richard.

The service will gather clergy and people from across the Diocese, bishops from across the province and elsewhere in Canada, and a number of other church and civil dignitaries says a news release. Among them will be the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, The Most Reverend Fred Hiltz and The Right Reverend Mark McDonald, National Indigenous Bishop of the Anglican Church.

The Most Reverend Colin Johnson, Archbishop of Toronto and Moosonee and Metropolitan of Ontario, will preside over the liturgy. The Bishop-elect’s brother-in-law, The Rt. Rev. Brian Germond, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Johannesburg, South Africa, will be the preacher.

Bishop-elect Germond was elected at a special convocation of Diocesan Synod last October. At the time of her election, she served as the Incumbent of Church of the Ascension in Sudbury, Archdeacon of the Deanery of Sudbury-Manitoulin, and chaplain for the Greater Sudbury Police Services. She continues to serve as Chancellor of Thorneloe University, Sudbury.

The Anglican diocese was founded in 1873 and covers 182,000 square kilometres extending from Thunder Bay in the west to Englehart and Temiscaming, Quebec, in the northeast, and south to Gravenhurst.

Following her consecration, the Bishop-elect will be titled The Rt. Rev. Anne Germond, 11th Bishop of Algoma, and referred to as Bishop Anne or Bishop Germond.