The Right Reverend Michael Oulton has served for 12 years as diocesan bishop
Archbishop Anne Germond, metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, has received Bishop Michael Oulton's resignation as the Bishop of Ontario, effective upon the installation of his successor.
"I have accepted his resignation with a heavy heart as Bishop Michael's energy and visionary Christ centred leadership, his compassionate heart, his wisdom and good counsel, his amazing sense of humour and inner joy have been an inspiration to me personally, and I know to many in the House of Bishops," said Archbishop Germond. "I know that you will join me in wishing Bishop Michael and his spouse Sophie Kiwala every joy and happiness as they prepare for a new season in their lives."
Bishop Oulton was consecrated in 2011 and has led the Diocese of Ontario for twelve years.
"It has been an immense privilege and honour to serve the people of our diocese over these years, but after prayer and reflection, I believe the time has come for new episcopal leadership," observed Bishop Oulton in a letter to the clergy and people of the diocese of Ontario. "Together, we have faced challenges, seized opportunities, rejoiced together and grieved together."
A tentative date for the episcopal election has been set for Saturday, April 29th, subject to the concurrence of the Synod Council of the Diocese of Ontario, with the consecration to follow on June 24, the Feast of St. John the Baptist.
Archbishop Germond invites your prayers for Bishop Oulton and the diocesan leadership team as Ontario diocese enters a time of transition and change.