"The Rev. Capt. David Parsons will become Anglican bishop of the diocese of the Arctic in early 2013. Elected co-adjutor bishop during the Arctic synod in Iqaluit, Nunavut Bishop Parsons will succeed Bishop Andrew Atagotaaluk, who is retiring. Parsons was consecrated on June 3  at the opening of St. Jude's Cathedral, newly rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 2005. Parsons currently serves as regional dean of the Mackenzie Delta and is the incumbent at the Church of the Ascension in Inuvik. The Rev. Darren McCartney was elected suffragan bishop. McCartney spent several years in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, as rector of St. Luke's and speaks fluent Inuktitut. He comes from Knocknamuckley, Ireland". [Text of entire article.]
"The Anglican diocese of the Arctic is hoping that by the end of this year  it will be free from its decade-old debt for the rebuilding of St. Jude's Cathedral in Iqaluit, Nunavut. But for 'Freedom 2015' to become a reality, the diocese needs $723,000 by the end of 2015 to clear off the $10.3 million debt incurred following the destruction by arson of the iconic igloo-shaped St. Jude's. To help the northern diocese pay off the debt, the Anglican Church Women (ACW) of the diocese of Ottawa hosted another of its several fundraising events in support of St. Jude's on September 20, at St. Stephen's Church, drawing about 100 people" (p. 1). Darren McCartney, suffragan bishop of the Arctic, attended the fundraising event and received the freewill offering from the ACW. "He also watched the screening of the documentary 'Soul of the Arctic' with those gathered. The movie, produced by Northern Ireland television network UTV, focuses on the Irish-born McCartney and his wife, Karen, and their life together in what was described as '1.5 million square miles of freezing desolation in the high Canadian Arctic'" (p. 12). McCartney served in Pangnirtung from 2003-2006 before returning to Ireland. "'I needed to get out to clear my head', he said. As pastor, 'I had 17 suicides in three years in a community of about 1,500 people', said McCartney. .... Suicide rates for Inuit youth are among the highest in the world, at 11 times the national average. McCartney said although he needed to get away, he was hankering to get back after a while. The couple returned to the North when McCartney was elected as suffragan bishop of the Arctic in June 2012" (p. 12).
"The House of Bishops met in Quebec City from Oct. 24 to 29  with their counterparts from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and reviewed the Joint Assembly held by the two churches in Ottawa last July . Following the meeting Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, told the 'Anglican Journal' that generally Anglican bishops considered the time for the Anglican General Synod meetings within the five-day event too short to accomplish all that needed to be done and discussed. Prominent in the Anglican bishops' conversations were discussions of a controversial resolution that asks the Council of General Synod (CoGS) to draft a motion -- to be considered by the 2016 General Synod -- to amend the marriage canon. The amendment would allow same-sex couples to marry, with a conscience clause that would exempt any congregation, diocese, clergy or bishops who objected from participating. 'There's been a huge effort in the life of the church to talk about this as a pastoral response, not a change of doctrine, and now it feels like the ground has shifted', Hiltz said. The change to a question of doctrine creates difficulties in dioceses where bishops 'have worked really hard to hold all voices and all people together', and where some people are asking how this shift happened. The motion, he noted, came from individual members of General Synod". "News that Bishops David Parsons and Darren McCartney of the diocese of the Arctic attended the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Nairobi in the hopes of creating partnerships to help with the diocese's debt crisis (see p. 2) and shortage of priests met with some consternation".
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"Twelve years after St. Jude's Cathedral -- the iconic house of worship in Iqaluit, Nunavut -- was destroyed by arson, the diocese of the Arctic announced it has finally paid off the debt accrued in rebuilding it. .... The announcement comes after more than a decade of fundraising during which the fate of the new cathedral, which was completed in 2012 at a cost of just over $10 million, was sometimes in question". The new cathedral was built by Dowland Contracting Ltd. who later went bankrupt. "The receiver, Alvaraz and Marsal Canada, Inc., asked for immediate repayment of the outstanding debt (around $3 million), in addition to $30,000 per month in interest". "Fortunately, the Nunavut Construction Corporation (part of the Inuit-owned Qikiqtaaluk Corporation), which had been involved in an earlier stage of construction, offered the diocese a loan with a more sustainable payment schedule". "Now that the debt is paid, [Suffragan Bishop Darren] McCartney said the diocese will be able to focus on hiring more priests to serve communities, of which 40 (out of a total of 51) are without ordained clergy".