Archbishop Seaborn informed the House that ten Chaplains have left the Service in the past year, either by retirement or voluntary release, and that fourteen new Chaplains have joined the complement. He said that a larger number of Chaplains will be needed in the years ahead as the Armed Forces is growing in size, and added that he is preparing a statistical report which will go shortly to the Administration and Finance Committee.
Archbishop Seaborn said that the six years which he had been privileged to serve as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces have been a stimulating and interesting experience and expressed appreciation for the opportunity of serving in that Office.
That this House express its deep appreciation to Archbishop Seaborn for his distinguished service as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces and sends our assurance of best wishes to Archbishop and Mrs. Seaborn. CARRIED #2-6-86
Archbishop Scott said that Bishop Jamie Clarke would take up his duties as Bishop Ordinary on 1st July, 1986, and expressed his appreciation to Bishop Clarke for his willingness to take on this work.
**N.B. In Resolution #1-11-86 from the November 1986 House of Bishops Minutes Bishop Clarke "noted that he took up his duties as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces on September 1st, 1986". The resolution corrected the Minutes of June 1986.
That action be taken on the correspondence as follows:
That the Secretary of the House should write to Bishop Clarke extending warm wishes from this House, and conveying deep appreciation for his distinguished service as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces. CARRIED
Bishop Clarke noted that he took up his duties as Bishop Ordinary to the Forces on September 1, 1986, and the Bishops were requested to make the necessary correction on page 2 of their copies of the Minutes.
That the Minutes of the meeting of 9-13 June, 1986, be approved as corrected. CARRIED #1-11-86