Clerical Appointment Process Update
Recently, we (your Wardens) met with Archbishop Colin Johnson and Bishop Elect Andrew Asbil to map out a timeline for the process of recommending and appointing a new Dean. St. James Cathedral is in a unique position, because it is both a parish church and the seat of the Bishop of Toronto. This means that our Incumbent is also the Dean of the Diocese of Toronto. We do not have influence on the appointment of the ’Dean,’ but we do recommend for the appoint of our Incumbent. In other words, the Priest appointed Dean must be a compatible Incumbent for St. James.
Dean Andrew officially leaves on October 1, 2018. At that time, the Archbishop and the Bishop-Elect, in concurrence with the Churchwardens, will appoint an Interim Priest-in-Charge to ensure we have sufficient clergy to help carry the ministry load. Options are currently being considered.
Parish Selection Committee (PSC)
The Clerical Appointment Process has three phases. Meeting with the Bishop and forming a PSC are the first two steps in phase one. After lengthy discussions, we were officially asked to form a (PSC) in accordance with Canon 10. The PSC will consist of your Churchwardens and up to six additional members of the congregation, who represent the diverse communities within St. James. Suitable candidates will have a love and understanding of St. James, will be active in the congregation and will be independent thinkers, but who know how to work collaboratively and keep confidences. Please email us if you would like to suggest a parish member who you feel is suitable for the committee.
Once a slate of proposed PSC members is finalized, it will be presented to Church Council, after which a special vestry will convene to ask for approval from the congregation.
As we progress through each phase of the process, we will continue to keep you informed.
Jayne & Don