The Most Rev. W.L. Wright, Archbishop of Algoma, has been Acting Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, following the resignation of the Most Rev. H.H. Clark.
As senior Archbishop in the Church, he will preside until the election of a new Primate at the Church's General Synod in Niagara Falls next January.
Archbishop Wright, 65, celebrated his 25th anniversary as a Bishop last year. He is the third generation in direct line of clergy serving in Ontario.
From the See City of Sault Ste. Marie, he has been the Metropolitan of Ontario since 1955. The area, which corresponds roughly to the Province of Ontario geographically, is made up of seven Dioceses - Toronto, Huron, Niagara, Ottawa, Ontario, Algoma and Moosonee.
Well-known abroad, Archbishop Wright has represented the Anglican Church at world conferences. His travels have taken him to India, Sweden, the Middle East and Formosa. He is one of the few Bishops in the world to have attended three Lambeth Conferences of the Anglican communion in 1948, 1958 and 1968.
A strong advocate of Church union, he is Co-Chairman of the General Commission on Church Union talks between the Anglican and United Churches and the Church of Christ (Disciples).
He was ordained a Priest in 1927 and his first appointment was as curate in St. George the Martyr in Toronto. From 1926 to 1940 he served in a number of cities in the Province, including Christ Church Cathedral in Hamilton.
Archbishop Wright went to Sault Ste. Marie in 1940 and three years later was enthroned as the sixth Bishop of the Diocese.
He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Wycliffe College, Toronto; Huron College, London; Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec; Montreal Diocesan College, Toronto's Trinity College and Laurentian University in Sudbury.