Concern was expressed that in the past bishops have retired without appropriate recognition and "goodbye" from the House.
That the Primate be requested to write, on behalf of the House, expressing appreciation and best wishes to those who have retired since the November, 1991, meeting of the House. CARRIED
The Secretary reported the receipt of a letter from Bishop Snowden and Bishop Berry expressing the hope that it might be possible to devise a system of informing retired bishops of changes in the membership of the House of Bishops.
The Primate explained that messages are sent to all diocesan offices by fax as soon as information becomes available to his office. It was agreed that a statement should be included in all faxed messages requesting diocesan offices to convey the information to all bishops in the dioceses. It was agreed that an up-to-date list of diocesan fax numbers should be compiled and distributed to members of the House.
In response to the letter from the General Secretary, this House approves the proposal that would make provision for the transfer of clergy employed at the National Office to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Primate. CARRIED 10-2-82
It was agreed that the Committee on Organization be asked to study the many factors involved, recognizing that there must be a clear line of accountability. It was agreed, also, that the Organization Committee be asked to study the matter of transference of Diocesan titles.
Concern was raised regarding the House of Bishops' List. The Primate reported that the Rev. R. Johns is working on this and that he is to report to the Organization Committee and the House of Bishops.
The General Secretary noted that retired Bishops are, by Canon, now accountable to the Bishop in whose Diocese they reside.
Canon George Arnold, Bishop Suffragan-Elect of the Diocese of Nova Scotia was introduced to the House by the Bishop of Nova Scotia. Canon Arnold is to be consecrated on September 21st.
The Right Reverend Carman J. Queen, Suffragan Bishop of Huron with the title of Bishop of St. Clair, was introduced by the Bishop of Huron. Bishop Queen was consecrated on January 25th, 1967.
The Secretary drew attention to the retirement of several bishops -- the Right Reverend G.R. Calvert of Calgary, the Right Reverend W.A. Townshend, Suffragan Bishop of Huron and the Right Reverend H.H. Marsh, Bishop of Yukon.
"That the Secretary be asked to send letters to Right Reverend G.R. Calvert, Right Reverend W.A. Townshend and Right Reverend H.H. Marsh, conveying our appreciation of their fellowship in this House and of the services they have rendered to the Church."
The Secretary reported that the following Bishops had sent their regrets for non-attendance;-The Archbishops of Rupert's Land and British Columbia; the Bishops of Keewatin, James Bay, Toronto, Kootenay, Newfoundland, Huron, the retired Archbishop of Quebec (Carrington) and the retired Bishops Sovereign, Moorhead, Martin and Ragg. A motion moved by the Bishop of New Westminster and seconded by the Bishop of Ottawa asked that a special message be sent to the Bishop of Kootenay wishing him a speedy recovery from his serious illness. This was carried. Another Motion moved by the Bishop of Calgary and seconded by the Bishop of Niagara asked that a message of greeting be sent to the retired Archbishop of Quebec and Mrs. Carrington, in England. This also was carried.
A further Motion requested that greetings be sent to all the retired Bishops. This too was carried.
Later, the Bishop of Niagara very kindly suggested that if these messages of greeting were sent by wire the Diocese of Niagara would be responsible for the cost. This was done, with the exception of Archbishop Carrington and Bishop Ragg who were in England.