Candidates meet and greet

Candidates for Coadjutor Bishop pose for a group shot before the meeting in St. Catharines. Candidates are (front, l-r) Robert Hurkmans, David Anderson, Susan Bell, (back, l-r) Stuart Pike, Martha Tatarnic, David Burrows and Robert Fead. Photo: Bill Mous
 on March 12, 2018

Over 400 people gathered at three locations on consecutive days around Niagara Diocese to meet the priests who have offered themselves as candidates in the March 3rd election, when a Coadjutor Bishop will be chosen.

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The Reverend Ann Turner, Chair of the Electoral Synod Nominations and Planning Committee, chaired the meet and greet and introduced the candidates. Photo: Hollis Hiscock

Each evening followed a similar agenda, with each candidate describing their personal story and ministry experiences, as well as explaining their leadership styles, philosophy of ministry and future challenges or opportunities of the church.

Audience members listen attentively during the candidates’ meeting at Christ’s Church Cathedral. Photo: Hollis Hiscock

After the formal presentations, individuals dialogued with the candidates during an informal reception.

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All candidates attended a special get together with the youth delegates of synod giving them an opportunity to raise issues and concerns identified by the younger church members. Missing from photo is David Burrows. Photo: Hollis Hiscock

The synod youth delegates spent several hours with the candidates at a separate get together.

The gatherings were held in St. Catharines, Hamilton and Guelph.

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