"Bishop Barry Clarke of the diocese of Montreal has announced that he will be retiring as of Aug. 31 ". "Clarke said that it 'has been a busy episcopacy with many challenges of stabilizing finances, leadership, ministry, theological issues and challenges of buildings, whilst continuing to do God's mission and ministry as we see it in our area of God's world'. In addition to the challenges presented by doing episcopal ministry. Clarke acknowledged that he has faced many difficulties in his personal life as well, including the long illness and death of his wife, Leslie, in 2012. He thanked the people of the diocese for walking with him through these challenges". "The election of a new bishop-elect has been set for June 6, 2015".