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Andrew Asbil Elected Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Toronto


Andrew Asbil Elected Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Toronto

The Very Rev. Andrew Asbil, rector of St. James Cathedral and dean of Toronto, has been elected coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Toronto. He will become the 12th Bishop of Toronto when Archbishop Colin Johnson retires at the end of 2018.

Bishop-elect Asbil is a member of the International Board of Directors of The Compass Rose Society.

The election must be confirmed by the bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. If confirmed, a consecration service for Bishop-elect Asbil will be held at the end of September at the cathedral. His installation as Bishop of Toronto will take place in January. He will become Bishop of Toronto on Jan. 1, 2019 after Archbishop Johnson retires.

As the Bishop of Toronto, Bishop-elect Asbil will be the chief pastor of the diocese, which is the most populous in the Canadian church with 54,000 Anglicans on its rolls and 230 congregations and ministries in 183 parishes.

In an interview, Asbil said he is looking forward to working with and learning from Archbishop Johnson. “I’ve long admired his leadership and the way he’s been able to create space for the entire diocese. It’s an ethos that I share with him. It’s one thing to admire that from a distance, but now suddenly I have to imagine slipping into his shoes and taking on the leadership and that’s somewhat overwhelming and intimidating and yet exciting. This is an opportunity for me to enter into a time of deep listening and building trust with the diocese and for the diocese to build trust with me.”

Bishop-elect Asbil is a graduate of Huron College in London, Ont. He served as a parish priest in the Diocese of Niagara before becoming the incumbent of the Church of the Redeemer, Bloor St., in Toronto in 2001. In 2016 he became the rector of St. James Cathedral and the dean of Toronto. He is the chair of the diocese’s Remuneration and Compensation working group and has served on Diocesan Council, the diocese’s Executive Board, and many other committees and boards. His father, Walter Asbil, was the Bishop of Niagara in the 1990s.


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