Quebec Anglicans welcome their new bishop

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Photo: courtesy of Daniel Abel

Bishop Bruce Myers knocks on the door of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity seeking entry before the service begins.

The Anglican Diocese of Quebec formally welcomed their new bishop, the Right Reverend Bruce Myers, in a colourful ceremony at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Saturday, April 22.  

The service began when Bishop Bruce knocked at the door of the Cathedral, seeking entrance. Church wardens let him in, beginning worship. 

The primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Most Reverend Fred Hiltz; the Right Reverend Mary Irwin-Gibson, bishop of the neighbouring Anglican Diocese of Montreal; Archbishop Percy Coffin, metropolitan of the province of Canada and bishop of the diocese of Western Newfoundland; the bishop of Maine, Bishop Stephen Lane; and the bishop of Southeast Florida, Bishop Peter Eaton, were in attendance.  

Invited guests included ecumenical partners Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, and representatives of local Muslim and Jewish communities, Boufeldja Benabdallah of the Centre culturel Islamique de Québec, and David Weiser of Beth Israel Ohev Sholom. 

The liturgy included Bishop Bruce being formally seated in the cathedra, the ceremonial chair from which a bishop exercises his ministry of teaching, pastoral care, and oversight. 

Why a seating? In the same way that a distinguished professor might hold a “chair,” so too a bishop receives this honour, following a tradition rooted in antiquity for revered teachers and philosophers. While this seating represents the succession of Bishop Bruce as the lucky 13th in his line in Quebec City, it also represents a continuum with all bishops who have taught the Gospel for thousands of years. The first Anglican bishop of Quebec, the Right Reverend Jacob Mountain, was appointed in 1793. 

This service, which combined English, French and Naskapi elements, was a powerful way to formally welcome Bishop Bruce to his Cathedral throne. 
The Cathedral choir, augmented by singers from other local churches, presented several beautiful anthems during the service. Director of Liturgy Sandra Bender, who assisted in the planning of the elaborate ceremony, also directed the choir. 

Bishop Bruce Myers grew up in Glengarry County, Ontario. He worked as a journalist and broadcaster for the better part of a decade, including stints as a parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa and Quebec City. His ordained ministry began in 2004 as a deacon and assistant curate at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and in the Deanery of Quebec.

Later he served as a parish priest on the Magdalen Islands and in Quebec City, and also as an archdeacon and the Diocese of Quebec’s Missioner for Communications. From 2012 to 2015 he served the national expression of the Anglican Church of Canada, based in Toronto, as the General Synod’s Coordinator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.

In November 2015 he was elected coadjutor bishop by the Synod of the Diocese of Quebec. He was ordained to the Order of Bishops at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on the Feast of the Ascension in 2016.

Bishop Bruce studied theology and ministry at McGill University, Montreal Diocesan Theological College, the Bossey Ecumenical Institute and the University of Geneva. He is currently completing a doctor of ministry degree, specializing in ecumenical studies, at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. He is a professed member of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd, an international community of Anglicans who share a common rule of life.

The Diocese of Quebec, which covers an area of approximately 720,000 square kilometres, is one of the most geographically vast of the 30 dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada. There are approximately 4,000 Anglicans belonging to some 65 congregations stretching from the Magdalen Islands in the east, to Kawawachikamach in the north, to the Eastern Townships in the south. 
Bishop Bruce Myers is installed in his cathedra (throne) by the Reverend Christian Schreiner, Dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, on behalf the people of the Quebec Diocese. Photo Courtesy of Daniel Abel