By Michael Bird
Published: July 2007
Related Topics: Bishop/Staff
Ever since June the 2nd, it seems like my life has been a whirlwind of activity and it is clear that my life is about to change dramatically! I am continuing my work as Rector of St. Luke's while at the same time I am beginning to prepare to take on the new ministry of Bishop in the diocese of Niagara. I felt it was important, however, to write a brief note to our Anglican community in Niagara.
When I was elected Bishop, Archbishop Caleb Lawrence asked me before the entire synod whether I would accept this responsibility. I indicated that I enthusiastically accepted. I am honoured, humbled and thankful that you have placed your trust in me and that I have been called to this ministry of leadership. I assure you that I will use every God-given gift that I have to serve you faithfully as Coadjutor Bishop and ultimately as Bishop of Niagara. Many people think of these times as difficult, and they are. More importantly, we have a joyful and hopeful message to proclaim and I know that together we will be faithful in the work of bearing that message to a society and world that God calls us to serve.
The summer is now officially here. Many of us will be travelling and vacationing. Remember God in your vacation time. Spend some time in prayer and reflection, visit a local church if you are traveling and above all let us all continue to witness to our faith in Christ.
Be assured of my prayers and my support
Yours in Christ
Michael Bird Bishop-elect, Diocese of Niagara
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