We are delighted to introduce you to our new Bishop-Elect. The Venerable Anne Germond has been the rector of the Church of the Ascension in Sudbury, the Arch-Deacon of the Deanery of Sudbury-Manitoulin and most recently appointed Chancellor of Thorneloe University.
The Ven. Anne was nominated from the floor at the very beginning of the Special Synod for the Election of a Bishop and joined four other very well qualified and respected candidates. The election was grace filled and we voted in the context of prayer. In the moments of waiting, theCathedral was filled with marvellous music as we sung hymns of the faith. By mid-afternoon, after six ballots, the choice was clear and the joy in the room was palpable as the announcement of the election was made.
We are thankful for the wise leadership of the Metropolitan of Ontario, Archbishop Colin Johnson and for the smooth and extremely well organized process designed by the electoral committee.
Our delegates, Red Trowsdale, Moreen Torpy, and Colin Dennis along with our Danielle Crittenden who was chosen youth delegate for our Deanery, served with discernment and wisdom. We are thankful for that.
We now await the approval of the House of Bishops which is expected to be granted very quickly. The consecration of our new Bishop is expected to take place in mid-February.
For those of you who wish to know more about our new Bishop-Elect, I have attached the Church of the Ascension's information about their Rector below.
Please join me in both celebration and prayer as the Ven. Anne prepares for her elevation to the new ministry to which God has called her.
The Rector of the Ascension is the Ven. Anne Germond who has served as our full time incumbent since September 2000.
Anne grew up in South Africa and when she finished High School attended The Johannesburg College of Education where she completed her Higher Diploma in Education, enabling her to teach the Junior Primary level. She taught for four years at a local primary school in Johannesburg, completing her Bachelor’s Degree at UNISA (University of South Africa) part time. In 1986 she was seconded to the Teacher’s College where she taught Religious Instruction and English Methodology to students.
In 1986 she and her husband Colin left their homeland for Canada, where they settled in Ottawa while Colin trained to be an oncologist. During this time, Anne completed an Honours Degree, majoring in Religious Studies through UNISA. She volunteered for the Ottawa Board of Education as a teacher for newcomers to Canada in an English as a Second Language Program.
In February 1989 Anne and Colin moved to Sudbury and Anne became involved at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown Sudbury. She started as a lector, and then as a Sunday school teacher, pastoral visitor, parish council member and warden. It was during this period that Anne experienced a call to ordained ministry and began the road to ordination. She began studying at Thorneloe University, in Sudbury, in the Bachelor of Theology Program and completed this degree in 2002.
The Bishop of Algoma appointed Anne as Lay Incumbent at the Ascension in the fall of 2000. She was ordained to the diaconate in February 2001 and as a priest in May 2002.
In the Diocese of Algoma Anne served as the Chaplain for the Anglican Church Women for nine years.
Anne was appointed as the Archdeacon of Sudbury/Manitoulin in 2009 by The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews, Bishop of Algoma.
Anne also serves as the Chaplain for the Greater Sudbury Police Services (since 2009), as a member of the Thorneloe University Board of Governors, and as the Bishop’s appointee on the Camp Manitou Board.
Colin and Anne have two adult children, Caitlin and Richard, and an energetic puppy, Rosie. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, time with friends, travelling, walking, opera, and reading.