The third ballot for the election of the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster was called at 1:41pm. With four nominees remaining on the ballot the results showed that the Reverend Canon Melissa Skelton had received a substantial majority of votes from both houses, clergy and lay. Clergy: 81 of 119 and Lay: 126 of 173
After the results were learned, the Metropolitan of the Eclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon, Archbishop John Privett contacted the other four bishops of the Provincial House of Bishops and there was a concurrence of the Provincial House.
The announcement was made at 2:20pm.
The Consecration and Ordination of the Reverend Canon Skelton will take place at a place and time to be announced later, on St. David's Day, March 1st, 2014.
Click the link to access Vancouver Sun columnist/reporter Douglas Todd's DECEMBER 1ST ARTICLE about the Episcopal in Election result in the Diocese of New Westminster.
Images: Top and homepage, Rev. Canon Melissa Skelton smiles as she is welcomed by Synod after the election. Below, Archbishop John Privett asked Melissa to offer her blessing before adjournment.