Archdeacon Anne Germond is the surprise winner of the election for Bishop of Algoma, Ontario. She wasn’t nominated, didn’t attend the candidates’ walkabouts, didn’t make a video or fill out a questionnaire; she doesn’t have a seminary background, didn’t become a priest the usual way – indeed, she was named short-term incumbent of Church of the Ascension, New Sudbury, while still a layperson, having already performed most of the volunteer jobs in the parish. But once she took over, the church started to soar; the small congregation grew, added a parish hall, became younger and more diverse. So maybe it wasn’t such a surprise that she was nominated from the floor of diocesan synod and won election on the sixth ballot. Pending approval from the bishops of the ecclesiastical province, she will become the first female and XI Bishop. (via Anglican Journal)

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