Tags: Diocese of Bermuda, Nicholas Dill
Pending confirmation by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rev. Nicholas Dill, minister of Pembroke Parish, will be the next Bishop of Bermuda.
On 2 Feb 2013 the 44 member diocesan synod elected the 49-year old father of six and native Bermudian and graduate of Wycliffe Hall to be the next bishop of the extra-provincial diocese. Mr. Dill was elected on the third ballot, receiving a majority of the 12 clerical and 32 lay votes in the synod, beating Archdeacon Andrew Doughty for the post.
After announcing the results of the election, Diocesan Commissary David Cooper said: “I will now be notifying the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury of the result of the election, seeking confirmation of the appointment of Reverend Nicholas Dill as the next Bishop of Bermuda.”
In the pre-election hustings, Mr. Dill said that while he had voted against women being ordained to the priesthood when the matter was laid before synod, he would not undo his predecessor’s decision to allow women priests. The bishop-elect also said it was time for the Anglican Church to move beyond its historical position as the church of the establishment and reach out to the young and marginalized.
He told delegates the model for church growth in Bermuda lay in the “vibrant” Anglican Churches of Africa and Southeast Asia, and pledged to do his part in helping bring the church into the modern age.