Photo: Church of the Ascension, Sudbury
(Staff) ON OCT. 14th delegates to the episcopal electoral synod in Sault Ste. Marie elected the Venerable Anne Germond as the 11th Bishop of Algoma.
A capable administrator, Germond surprised fellow delegates by initially declining to be nominated. Her husband has been seriously ill. Then she surprised them again by allowing her name to be put forward from the floor and joining the ballot after another nominee dropped out. In so doing, whether intentionally or not, she avoided the formal vetting process. She was elected on the 6th ballot.
Germond succeeds the Rt Rev. Stephen Andrews who served as Bishop of Algoma for nine years until his appointment this year as Principal of Wycliffe College in Toronto.
Bishop-elect Germond is currently the Incumbent at Church of the Ascension in Sudbury where she has served since 2000 and is also Archdeacon of Sudbury-Manitoulin.
Germond is a graduate of Thorneloe University’s School of Theology in Sudbury and has served on Thorneloe’s Board of Governors since 2002. She was recently elected as its chancellor.
Germond was raised in a Roman Catholic family in South Africa but became an Anglican in high school. She taught for four years at a local primary school in Johannesburg, completing her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of South Africa (UNISA) part time. In 1986 she taught Religious Instruction and English Methodology at a teacher’s college.
Later that year she and her husband Colin immigrated to Canada and settled in Ottawa where Anne completed her Honours Degree, majoring in Religious Studies through UNISA.
In 1989 the couple moved to Sudbury and Anne became involved at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown Sudbury. It was during this period that Germond felt called to ordained ministry. She began studying at Thorneloe University and was ordained to the diaconate in 2001 and to the priesthood the following year.
She has served as chaplain to both the Anglican Church Women and the Greater Sudbury Police Services and sits on the Camp Manitou Board.
Colin and Anne have two adult children, Caitlin and Richard.
Founded in 1873, the Diocese of Algoma covers nearly 182,000 square kilometres (70,000 square miles) stretching across the northern shores of Lake Superior, Georgian Bay and Lake Nipissing and dropping as far south as Bracebridge. Some of its larger cities include Thunder Bay, Sudbury, North Bay and Huntsville. Many parishes, however, are located in small towns and First Nations communities. The synod meets biennially in the See City of Sault Ste Marie.
The bishop-elect will oversee 41 clergy and 3 lay pastors. The parish roles number 13,276. The diocese contains 93 congregations in 54 parishes, with 6 assisted and mission parishes. However, 16 churches in the deanery of Muskoka are slated to be closed. The diocese maintains active chaplaincies at Thorneloe University in Sudbury and at the Mission to Seafarers in Thunder Bay.
Germond is expected to be consecrated at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Sault Ste Marie in the new year. She will become one of nine women in the 41-member Canadian House of Bishops. TAP