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Elected on the third ballot, November 30th, 2013, by a substantial majority of the Electoral Synod, the Most Reverend Melissa Skelton was ordained and installed as the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster in Vancouver on St. David’s Day, March 1st, 2014, in a three hour liturgy that took place in different locations - the Vancouver Convention Centre, followed by a procession through downtown Vancouver and then at the procession's destination, Christ Church Cathedral. On that day Bishop Melissa began the next phase of a remarkable career in ministry.
The Most Reverend Melissa Skelton was elected Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon by the provincial house of bishops and provincial electoral college on the first ballot, May 12, 2018. The office of Metropolitan is accompanied by the honorific, Archbishop.
As Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster, the Most Reverend Melissa Skelton is the chief executive officer of the diocese and the chief liturgical officer, being responsible to head the synod, to ordain, confirm, and to appoint others to church office.The bishop provides pastoral oversight of the whole church within the diocese, and plays a leadership role also at the provincial, national and international level. All significant decision-making by the clergy and laity gathered in synod or council requires the assent of the bishop to become operative.
As Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC/Yukon her primary duty will be to continue as diocesan bishop in her diocese, the Diocese of New Westminster. Beyond that ongoing diocesan ministry, providing pastoral care to the bishops of the ecclesiastical province is at the heart of the added archiepiscopal ministry. Fostering unity and harmony within the ecclesiastical province is another. And in conjunction with the other three provincial archbishops and metropolitans, assisting the Most Reverend Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada is an important function.