Anglicans Welcome Appointment Of New Archbishop

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REGINA - Anglicans in the Diocese of Qu'Appelle are welcoming the announcement by Pope Francis that Bishop Don Bolen of Saskatoon will be the next Roman Catholic Archbishop of Regina.

Speaking from Toronto, where he is attending the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop of Qu'Appelle, Rob Hardwick said, "This is wonderful news. Archbishop Bolen has been a faithful partner in the Gospel. I look forward to working with him to advance our shared mission."

In 2011, the Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina signed a Covenant to work and worship together more closely. Then-Monsignor Bolen was the principal architect of the agreement. Archbishop Bolen had previously worked at the Vatican as part of the staff responsible for Roman Catholic relations with the Anglican Communion. He was awarded the Cross of St. Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2008 in recognition of his service to Anglican - Roman Catholic relations. He is currently Co-chair of the Canadian Anglican - Roman Catholic Dialogue and a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The Diocese of Qu'Appelle covers the southern third of the civil province of Saskatchewan, and encompasses approximately half of the Saskatchewan population.

Archdeacon Malcolm French