Toronto area bishop announces her retirement.
Bishop Ann Tottenham, 64, who brought career experience in education to the Toronto episcopacy episcopacy
System of church government by bishops. It existed as early as the 2nd century AD, when bishops were chosen to oversee preaching and worship within a specific region, now called a diocese. , will retire on Aug. 31, 2005.
"This has not been an easy decision for me to make because, for the most part, I have enjoyed the challenge and fulfillment of episcopal ministry," said Bishop Tottenham in an article on the diocesan Web site. "On the other hand, I feel that I have given what I have to give as an area bishop in the diocese of Toronto and it is time for new leadership."
Diocesan bishop Colin Johnson, citing her "passionate concern for meaningful faith," said he received her resignation with great regret. He also mentioned her "brilliantly wry sense of humour Noun 1. sense of humour - the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous; "she didn't appreciate my humor"; "you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor"
sense of humor, humor, humour ." Bishop Tottenham's quips and occasional barbs often punctuated meetings of the Canadian house of bishops. Recently, she criticized the idea of retired bishops ministering to conservative parishes outside their dioceses that are upset about liberalizing church attitudes toward homosexuals. She mused aloud about becoming a "flying" bishop who would minister to liberal parishes upset with conservative bishops.
Bishop Tottenham became the second female bishop in the Canadian Anglican church in 1997, when she was elected suffragan suf·fra·gan
n. Abbr. Suff. or Suffr.
1. A bishop elected or appointed as an assistant to the bishop or ordinary of a diocese, having administrative and episcopal responsibilities but no jurisdictional functions. (assistant) bishop of Toronto, and led the Credit Valley area west of Toronto. Born in Kingston, Ont., she earned degrees at the University of Toronto Research at the University of Toronto has been responsible for the world's first electronic heart pacemaker, artificial larynx, single-lung transplant, nerve transplant, artificial pancreas, chemical laser, G-suit, the first practical electron microscope, the first cloning of T-cells, , Trinity College and Union Theological Seminary Union Theological Seminary may refer to:
The Bishop Strachan School (BSS), (IPA: /ˈstrɔːn/ , a private girls school in Toronto. She is single.
Bishop Johnson said he does not expect an election for a new suffragan bishop until 2006. The diocese had four suffragans in addition to the diocesan bishop. Bishop-elect Philip Poole will takeover the Credit Valley area and Bishop Johnson has distributed the deaneries in another area among the existing bishops.