Saturday, June 23, 2007
Fred Hiltz, New Anglican Primate
In the 3rd and 4th ballots Bishop Matthews received a majority of the votes from clergy while Bishop Hiltz received the majority of votes from the laity. If the stalemate had remained on the 5th ballot, the decision of choosing the next primate would have fallen on the bishops, who were sequestered nearby.
Bishop Fred Hiltz was born and raised in Dartmouth, N.S. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University (BSc major in Biology) and the Atlantic School of Theology (MDiv). He was ordained a deacon on June 3, 1977, and as priest on June 29, 1978. He served in the Nova Scotia parishes of Christ Church, Sydney; Melford-Guysborough; Timberlea-Lakeside; The Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax; and St. John’s Church, Lunenburg.
In October 1994, he was elected Suffragan Bishop, and ordained and installed on January 18, 1995. In November 2001, Bishop Hiltz was elected Coadjutor Bishop, and was subsequently installed Diocesan Bishop on March 21, 2002.
Starting in 1971 with the 10th Primate, The Most Rev. Edward W. Scott (1919-2004), Primates are permanently based in Toronto and do not continue as a diocesan bishop.