At its meeting on June 8th, and in conformity with the canons of the diocese, The Executive Committee of the Diocese of Algoma selected six individuals to constitute the Episcopal Election Process Committee. The lay members of the Committee are Hugh Mackenzie (Huntsville), Dale Sparkes (Thunder Bay) and Justice Michael Varpio (Sault Ste Marie). The clerical members are Archdeacons Harry Huskins (Sault Ste Marie), Deborah Kraft (Thunder Bay) and The Reverend Pamela Rayment (Sault Ste Marie). In allowing their names to stand, the clerical members have indicated that they will not be seeking episcopal office. The Committee is charged with formulating and overseeing the process for the episcopal election, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee (Canon A-1, 4c). Archdeacon Kraft and Hugh Mackenzie will serve as co-chairs.
At the same meeting, the Executive Committee also acclaimed Archdeacon Harry Huskins as the Diocesan Administrator. This is an office he filled prior to the last election, in 2008. Under the canons, the Administrator will ‘carry out the administrative duties of the office of Bishop until replaced by the Executive or the assumption of office by a new Bishop,’ and he shall ‘consult with and be advised by a Standing Committee made up of the Archdeacons’.
The episcopal election is slated to take place in Sault Ste Marie on 14-15 October 2016. A date for a consecration, if required, has not been set, but is expected to happen early in the new year.