Diocese of Athabasca

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Diocese of Athabasca
Ecclesiastical province Rupert's Land
Archdeaconries Athabasca, Peace River (Deaneries)
Rite Anglican
Cathedral St. James' Cathedral, Peace River
Current leadership
Bishop The Rt. Rev. Fraser Lawton

The Anglican Diocese of Athabasca is a diocese of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land of the Anglican Church of Canada, in the northern half of the civil province of Alberta. It was created in 1874 by the division of the original Diocese of Rupert's Land. The Synod of the Diocese of Athabasca was organized in 1876. The see city is Peace River. The Diocese has had at least two other See Cities: Fort Simpson and Fort Vermilion. The Bishop resided for a considerable period at Athabasca Landing, but it is not certain if it was ever his "seat". Other cities in the diocese are Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray.

The diocesan bishop is the Rt. Rev. Fraser Lawton, formerly rector of St Thomas’ Anglican church in Fort McMurray, Alberta, who was elected 11th Bishop of Athabasca by the Diocesan Synod on 19 September 2009 and consecrated and installed on November 22 2009 in St James’ Cathedral, Peace River.

Bishop of Athabasca Honorific & Name Dates
1st William Bompas 1874-1883
2nd Richard Young 1873-1903
3rd George Holmes 1908 (Acting); 1909-1912
4th Edwin Robins 1912-1930
5th Robert Renison 1932
6th Arthur Sovereign 1932-1950
7th Reginald Pierce 1950-1974
8th Frederick Crabb 1975-1983
9th Gary Woolsey 1983-1991
10th John Clarke January 5, 1992–April 30, 2009
11th Fraser Lawton November 22, 2009

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Coordinates: 56°14′06″N 117°17′42″W / 56.235°N 117.295°W / 56.235; -117.295